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Skinny Jeans are Out: Here are 5 Sustainable Wide-Leg Styles to Try Instead

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The skinny jean will make a comeback one day, but until then, give these wide-leg styles a try from the best sustainable designers in denim.

For years the skinny jean has reigned supreme. So much so that it is hard to remember what we wore before skinny jeans were a thing. To refresh your memory, there were the low-riders of the ’90s, the wide-legged trousers, and bellbottoms before that, and way back in fashion history the now reprived mom-jeans.

Skinny jeans became popular as they were marketed to make all figures look slimmer—but the women of the world have spoken and figure-hugging denim, or any clothing for that matter, is so out. We want stylish, comfortable clothing and we are over trying to make ourselves look slimmer. Another factor that killed skinny jeans: jeggings. Once they introduced so much stretch they went from Parisian chic to just plain ugly.

I will admit though, I was reluctant to ditch my skinnies. Having multiple pairs, in multiple washes, hanging in my closet they have become my go-to. My staple outfit is a stylish top, designer pumps, and a perfect pair of skinny jeans. Could I possibly re-create a better outfit without my beloved jeans? I decided to give them a try and I was pleasantly surprised. The world of non-skinny jeans opened my eyes and my outfit diversity.

Here are my top sustainable jeans to help you ditch the skinnies.

Best Non-Skinny Jeans for Any Body Type

1. Ganni Cropped Jeans

The MISY is part of GANNI’s continued increase in its sustainable offerings. The organic cotton jean is high-waisted with a cropped loose pant leg. The wash, a light-blue stone, gives us a versatile retro-feel that will work seamlessly into our wardrobes. I love pairing these with ballet flats and a neutral top for an edgy Parisian look.

2. Citizens of Humanity Georgia High-Rise Bootcut

The new and improved version of the once-beloved bootcut jean is back in full force with super leg-lengthening powers. The combination of a high-waist and a long lean pant creates legs for days. I love the extra detail in the split hem here, which so nicely shows off the shoes hidden underneath. I love wearing these with a button-down skirt and extra high pumps.

3. SLVRLAKE Wide Leg Jeans

Another pair that every updated wardrobe needs: a good pair of wide-leg jeans. The “Grace” from SLVRLAKE has a great vintage, lived-in look thanks to the delicately frayed hems and retro wide legs. The organic denim is high-waisted with unique diagonal seams. This wash always pairs well with pretty much anything! I love wearing them with a fitted top and a cute blazer.

4. E.L.V Denim Two Tone Straight Leg

E.L.V. is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact so most of its styles are taken from discarded denim. Here, two contrasting washes are melded together quite perfectly. The straight leg is great for an effortlessly sleek style. I love wearing these with a crewneck sweater and sneakers.

5. Stella McCartney Mid-rise Boyfriend Jeans

Is it just me or is everything with a “taken from your boyfriend’s closet” twist has a tendency to become a staple in our wardrobes? From boyfriend blazers and shirt dresses to boyfriend jeans, we just love the relaxed cool of it all. This organic pair from Stella McCartney has a distinct ‘80s feel with their loose legs and acid wash. Pair it with a chic turtleneck or go all out with a cropped top.

Related: 7 Fair Trade and Sustainable Denim Brands: Perfect Fit Jeans for You and the Planet

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