Style Guides

The Case for Baggy Jeans

By Megan Gustashaw

Cigarette-slim jeans will never not be cool (just ask every rock star in history), but only wearing painted-on denim is a move that limits you—literally and figuratively. That’s especially true when the fashion tides change, as they have this season. While slim-cut everything has dominated over the last 10 years, sportier and baggier fits are back from head to toe, and especially in denim.

Whether you go for something subtly roomy, like our Classic Straight fit, or fully free, like our Relaxed fit, is a matter of taste and your natural body shape. Bigger guys can wear relaxed fit jeans without looking like they just stepped out of 2003, while thinner, taller types don’t need quite as much extra fabric to achieve the same look.

As for length, you want an inch or two of extra fabric around the ankles—no more. If you can’t get down with a dad hem at all, then cuff or tailor away the break completely. Remember: Just because you’ve got room in the legs doesn’t mean you need to embrace a puddle hem.

Still skeptical? Here are 5 good reasons why you should embrace the baggier side of things this fall.