While skinny jeans will forever remain a staple in my closet, and baggy jeans are the cool new kid on the block, it’s straight-leg jeans that are unquestionably the hardest working item in my wardrobe, which begs the question—why do I only own two pairs of the rigidly good stuff? Granted, I wear these two pairs a lot, but still, as a fashion editor, this is not okay. With plenty of superb new styles on the market right now, combined with my lackadaisical approach to washing my jeans regularly (I know I’m not alone), I’d say it’s officially time to add a fresh crop of straight-leg jeans to my arsenal.
The vintage-inspired silhouette has been around for some time now but the subtle nuances in style and silhouettes can vary greatly. So I tried and tested a plethora (20, to be exact) of different brands and styles to find the eight best-fitting and most flattering. If you’re on the hunt for a fresh new pair of straight-leg jeans, read on to check out my absolute favorites to invest in right now. (And for reference, I am 5’7” and usually wear a size 27).
Citizens of Humanity: Charlotte High-Rise Straight Jeans
One of my absolute favorites in terms of fit and overall look. The high waist sits perfectly on my torso and while I tend to favor jeans with a little stretch (the Charlotte is crafted from non-stretch denim), these are surprisingly super comfortable and incredibly versatile.
J. Brand: High-Rise Heather Button-Fly Jean
I can't get over how soft these jeans are, most likely due to the touch of Lyocell added to the rigid denim. They have a slim-straight fit through the leg with a slightly tapered ankle. The faded grey color also makes it easy to dress up or down but my favorite detail is the exposed button-fly which is perfectly on trend right now.
Paige: Noella Straight Caballo Inseam
If you're looking for easy, laid-back, and über-comfortable straight-leg jean, then these are the best. They sit slightly relaxed at the waist and are cropped at the ankle—perfect for wearing with sneakers or heels.
Levi's: Ribcage Straight Jeans
Fellow Who What Wear editors, Lauren Eggertsen and Anna LaPlaca have already expressed their adoration for the newest (and highest rise) straight-leg Levi's on the market (they're called Ribcage for a reason!). On the hanger, these look bulky, but once I put them on, they were unexpectedly slimming and flattering. If you love a high-rise and a slightly wider straight-leg opening, these are for you.
Boyish: The Kirby
I love the relaxed, slightly looser fit of Boyish's vintage white wash denim. Talk about comfortable! I could see myself wearing these with sneakers, low heel ankle boots, or sandals. They're the perfect weekend jeans.
Agolde: Pinch Waist Kick
These seem to fall in the realm between straight-leg and a baggy silhouette—which is absolutely perfect for my frame. The high-waist and slightly larger leg opening are extremely flattering and very on trend.
Citizens of Humanity: Reese Cuffed Straight Leg
One of Citizens of Humanity's newer styles for spring, these premium vintage jeans have a more relaxed straight-leg fit in rigid denim. The distressed hue looks really cool paired with leather boots or heels alike.
Levi's: 501 Jeans