How to Find, Steal, & Style Boyfriend Jeans

How to Find, Steal, & Style Boyfriend Jeans

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I’ve had a couple friends ask me lately where to buy boyfriend jeans. My secrets? Thrift or shop consignment stores, look for a skinny jean cut, and go up a few sizes from normal for the perfect boyfriend fit.

Where to Look:

  • I scored these Banana Republic jeans for $12 from The Clothes Mentor (consignment) a while back. Goodwill normally has good options, too, and Plato’s Closet (also consignment) is a great option for petites. Just be careful to get even sizing- odd sizing is for juniors and won’t fit your body correctly.
  • Not crazy about pre-loved items? It’s about to be jean sale city with back to school pricing, so you can still score a pair for a steal.

Here are a few new options at different price points:

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Sizing Tricks:

  • Going up a few sizes means your jeans will be baggy enough to give off that just-right-amount-of-slouch boyfriend look, but they’ll normally still fit you so you don’t have to wear a belt unless you want to.
  • I usually wear around a size 4 in jeans (Every designer and store is different, so always try a range of sizes. No one else knows what is printed on that label, so go for what fits and looks good.) but these are a size 10 from Banana Republic.

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Styling Tips:

  • You can cuff the jeans at the bottom like this look for a relaxed vibe (this also looks great with heels and wedges!), or leave them un-cuffed if you’d prefer. Just be sure there’s no pooling of excess fabric at the bottom of the pant, or your legs will look short and dumpy v. long and lean.
  • Messy and imperfect is in, so don’t worry about getting the cuffs evenly matched.
  • Here’s a great tutorial on how to distress a pair if you’d rather give them a worn-in look.

What do you think? Does this make you brave enough to try a pair of boyfriend jeans?

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  • Agi July 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Cute outfit. Love a good boyfriend jean.


  • Becky @ bybmg July 31, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Cute! I found a pair at Goodwill!

  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On August 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Wow! Love this idea and I never would’ve thought of it. You’re right though, it’s the perfect amount of slouchiness!

    • Caitlin Author August 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Thanks, Alison!

  • Leanne August 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I just got a great pair from Old Navy for 25.00! I didn’t think I would like them, but I FINALLY tried a pair on and LOVE them! so much… I bought 2 pairs….

    • Caitlin Author August 5, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      That’s awesome, Leanne! When something works, I love getting it in multiples, too :)

  • Whitney August 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    This is a really great idea! I have been trying on boyfriend jeans for awhile now but have never found a pair that fit well and are at a good price. I’m going to be keeping your tip in mind!

    • Caitlin Author August 12, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      Awesome! I hope you find a great pair for an even better price :) Have a good week, Whitney!

  • Shenandoah September 19, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    If I am usually a 25 in the waist what should I wear because I went up a size before and they felt too big on my hips?

    • Caitlin Author September 26, 2016 at 12:26 PM

      Hi Shenandoah! Great question- I would either try a different store’s variety, because sizes vary so much from store to store, or I would size up and have a tailor nip them in at the waist so they fit you comfortably.

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