I know the buzz this fall is all about the flare jean, and I get it - I too luuuve flares. However, I recently replaced my old boyfriend jeans (which, uh, had literally fallen apart) with these babies:
These are like a hybrid boyfriend jean /skinny jean. The result? Crazy comfortable, yet they look a bit sleeker than my old boyfriend jeans.
Not tight, mind you. Just sleek.
But still be ready to rock.
(wearing: On S - Current/Elliott Stiletto Jeans in Canal, Mia Boots, J Crew Shawl-Collar sweater, AE perfect tee, Echo scarf....On R - Joe's Jeans, Ugg Halfhitch kicks c/o Ugg Australia, J Crew tee, Splendid hoodie)
I also like that I can wear this jean-boot pairing through most of the winter. Wouldn't this outfit look cute with a bright, cozy sock peeking out? It'll be one more way to navigate through snow & ice without worrying about dragging a hem through the muck.
I'm wearing Current/Elliott's Stiletto Jeans. If you haven't tried Current/Elliott yet, be prepared for some crazy-soft denim. Pajama jean fo' sho.
Raven denim (another one of my favs - amazing tailoring) makes a really cool boyfriend / skinny / trouser jean hybrid called the Everly Boyfriend Jean. Another option is 7 For All Mankind's Josefina Skinny Boyfriend Jean. Both are pictured below, from Shopbop.com.
I can't help but think...you know how skinny jeans just seem to get skinnier each year? I have a few pairs bought YEARS ago, that now look practically straight-legged. It seems like you could chop off a pair of old skinnies (or a straight-leg that isn't too wide) and make your own skinny-boyfriend jean. You want to cut your old ones off enough so you can easily roll the jean to expose your ankle...without the roll being to thick.
Here's how my Currentt / Elliott's look un-rolled, according to Piperlime:
Awkward, right? Yeah - I would never wear them this way. But it gives you the idea for a DIY.
Personally, I think boyfriend jeans are one of the top contenders for a perfect mom jean (and I say that lovingly). They are crazy-comfortable, and look great with sandals in the summer or boots in the winter. And they just evoke that whole tomboy, let's-run-around-and-ride-bikes-to-the-park kind of feeling.
Which is exactly what we did.