The next big non–skinny jean trend is here, and it couldn't be chicer. While skinny jeans will truly never die, nor do we want them to, we've spotted a number of emerging denim trends that are pretty much the antithesis of skinnies. Already in 2020, we've mentioned how flares and bootcut jeans are on the rise, and, well, we're adding another of these non-skinny styles to the top of our lists: high-rise wide-leg jeans.
These are full-length jeans with a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. We know that wide-leg jeans can be intimidating if you're not used to wearing them already, which is why the high rise is crucial here. It hugs you in all the right places and creates some nice dimension for the overall silhouette. Some of the standout pairs defining the trend are Levi's Ribcage Wide-Leg Jeans, which celebs and their stylists alike are keen on, as well as the Citizens of Humanity Annina Jeans, a Who What Wear editor favorite.
To highlight this chic new denim trend, we rounded up the freshest wide-leg jean outfits that fashion people are wearing now and included our favorite pairs to try out.
Wear your wide jeans with a cool trench and fun mules.
You can't go wrong with an easy tee and white sneakers.
Elevate your jeans-and-blazer combo when you opt for a pair of wide-leg jeans.
We love a good Canadian tux—just add a tank and sneakers.
Wide jeans are polished and sophisticated with a button-down shirt.
Thanks to their trouser-like shape, these are easily dressed up with more elevated pieces like a silk top and heels.
Wear a long wool coat over the jeans for a cool, relaxed look this winter.
Sometimes the simplest formulas work best. Try a padded shoulder tee with the wide-leg denim.
You can never go wrong with a great blazer and classic sneakers with these jeans.
Blue jeans and a white tee are the perfect base for a statement bag.
Copy this casual 'fit for your weekend errands when you tuck in a boxy tee and throw a trench coat on top.
A cool crop top is the perfect warm-weather match to the roomy denim.
Half-tuck a bold knit into more tailored loose-fitting jeans for an elevated look.