Olivia Wilde Wore the Latest Anti-Skinny-Jean Trend to Get Behind

As far as celebrities go, you might be surprised to know that Olivia Wilde is one that we always look to for denim inspiration. She wears jeans a lot—even on the red carpet from time to time. Flared, straight-leg, baggy, skinny—you name it and she's worn it. But for a day out and about in Los Angeles earlier this week, Wilde wore a style that's new for her, and it's one that always comes back around: sailor jeans.

Sailor jeans are basically high-waisted jeans that are fitted at the top and wide-leg toward the bottom. They often have details such as patch pockets, double buttons, front seams, and thick, stitched hems. They can, like most denim styles, very easily be dressed up or down. They are a style of denim we've commonly come to associate with French girls, so it makes sense that Wilde's pair is from Veronica Beard—a brand that celebrates the joys of a capsule wardrobe (something French women swear by) and also has noticeable hints of Parisian style running throughout the line. Wilde's particular pair have sold out, but the brand offers many similar versions, some of which you can shop below.

Like skinny jeans, sailor jeans often come with a little added stretch in the weave, so if that's what you love about more fitted jeans but feel ready for a change, perhaps Wilde's sailor jeans will inspire you to try something new for the season or year ahead.

Scroll to see how Wilde styled hers (simply, with a cropped sweater-vest) and shop some of the best sailor jeans on the internet.


(Image credit: Backgrid)

On Olivia Wilde: Yuhan Wang Intarsia-Knit Vest *(£1047); Veronica Beard jeans; Saint Laurent Shearling Sac Du Jour Bag (£2850)


(Image credit: Backgrid)

On Olivia Wilde: Yuhan Wang 

Shop the Best Sailor Jeans on the Internet

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This story was originally published on Who What Wear US and has since been updated. 

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.