The “Boyfriend Jean” – Are you into it?

Oh wow, could we possibly hear any more gab about this boyfriend jean craze?! If you’re looking to point fingers, I personally suggest Katie Holmes for making this denim idea into a worldwide fuss.

Baggy, torn, rolled, low, faded… All the qualties of “boyfriend jeans.” Personally, I resent the title – “boyfriend jeans”. If I could fit into Conor’s pants, well… I’d look completely different. It’s not my fault I like slender men!

Anyway, this trend seems to have kicked off with SJP and Katie Holmes rocking a particular denim company’s jeans, and let me tell you… Current/Elliott could not be happier about this entire baggy-tacular experience. Every couple of days, I receive an e-mail proclaiming “CURRENT/ELLIOTT IS NOW AT [insert boutique here]”! They’re all over the place, and running CIRCLES around your silly skinny jeans.

Here are the jeans in question:

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Jean in “Tattered Destroy


Did you just rub your eyes? Check your glasses? Blink rapidly a few times? Yes, it says $242.That’s two-hundred and forty-two dollars for non-fitted jeans with designer holes.

This isn’t the first time that this trend has reared it (potentially unsightly?) head. A few years back, a wonderful commercial hit the airwaves starring Claire Danes and Patrick Wilson:

Adorable forever.

The overall idea of a boyfriend jean is low-rise, slightly wide-leg, and if you so desire, distressed or khaki or whatever. The fit is easy, casual. Ideally, it is the sterling silver ring of the pants world – it goes with graphic shirts, sweaters, heels, flats, sneakers, or anything else you can dig up. It’s the ultimate go-to item.

I suppose the difference between the new and old trends are related, in fact, to our Hobo-Chic discussion. Perhaps you think boyfriend jeans/trousers/pants are okay. Well, let’s back it up a notch and take a peek at the boyfriend in question.

Is your boyfriend Eddie Vedder after a binge, or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho? One has holes with major distress (like Current/Elliott), the other is, well, perfectly pressed and all the blood stains have been adequately treated with Tide To Go stain remover pen. Unfortunately, OCD in terms of pants has gone out the window as far as trend in 2009 – what’s in right now is Vedder, Inc. – the ripped and raggedy pants that only some of you quite like:

boyfriend-jeans2 broke and beautiful twitter

So what do you think of boyfriend jeans? What aspects do you like and dislike?

Personally, I can’t deal with buying jeans with pre-ripped holes in them. That just makes me feel a little too “I’m pretty but can’t, like, function by myself.” I like the idea of the rolled jeans with some stacked heels (not stilletos) or some colorful sandals. Browse all the Current/Elliott Jeans at Singer 22. There are many, many, many styles.

Don’t worry, though, if you love the style and can’t drop $200+ for a pair of jeans. Birdiee from La Bonne Vie sent me this similar style from Victoria’s Secret:


So what do you think? Are boyfriend jeans here to stay? Are they tacky, bold, youthful, sexy? Tell me!


Probably watching Netflix.

11 thoughts on “The “Boyfriend Jean” – Are you into it?

  • February 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    As you can see, I didn’t get the kind with holes in ’em. But I felt a looser silhouette was long overdue, and this shape is much easier to wear for a lot of people than, say, dropped-crotch pants.

    WendyB´s last blog post was WendyB in W Magazine!

  • February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    $70??? Please! Go to TJMAXX or Marshal’s or a resale shop and get men’s trousers/jeans for less than $30. Isn’t that the point of the boyfriend jean? That it’s something you just slip on and don’t fret about? I call $70 fretful. I have boots to buy, damnit.

    It can take some searching to find the right type for your body, but there’s a pair of men’s pants out there for every girl. A good way to figure out what you’d like is to measure around the spot you want them to hang on your hips, and try on a bunch of different brands in that measurement.

    Also, when they get too ratty, if you cut them off at the knee, they make adorable shorts.

    Lastly, that commercial is absolutely and painfully adorable.

  • February 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I used to completely dismiss skinny jeans back when they first came into style and now I’m kind of addicted. I have to admit I don’t immediately love the boyfriend jean look, but maybe that will change when I try on a flattering pair.

    lisa´s last blog post was Betsey Johnson Mesh Bow Watch!

  • February 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I’m all about those Vickie’s jeans, but will probably go hunting through my brother’s favorite brands for the right pair – he always has the perfect straight- and slightly wide-leg jeans that I think would be super-comfortable and still super classy.

    I also don’t think that boyfriend jeans HAVE to be for a girl with no butt or thighs – for me, the point of boyfriend jeans is to get a more relaxed version of a straight- or wide-leg jean without the dressing up.

    Jen´s last blog post was New Link–Inspiration!

  • February 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    You know, I resisted this trend at first, but it’s grown on me. I do agree that professionally ripped jeans are super annoying, and am more likely to do a cleaner take on this style.

    Sal´s last blog post was All Smiles!

  • February 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I’m kinda sorta into it…I mean, sure – if I found something really cool at a thrift store for under $10 but no way in the over $250 range…can we say “fashion victim”?!

    Broke Bettie´s last blog post was I’ve Got An Interview – Woo Hoo!!

  • February 12, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    personally I love supppppper skinny jeans but have been rocking the boyfriend jean trend whenever I can because it gives my designer high school jeans a new life.

    anyone who pays that much for boyfriend jeans in this economy and isn’t katie holmes needs a reality check.

  • March 28, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I think “boyfriend” jeans are just another part of the wardrobe – for me, they’re the looser, worn in ones for weekend errands, studying at the library, etc. I think if they fit well and you wear them right they’re infinitely nicer than running around town in an old pair of sweatpants. That said, for a “sweatpant replacement” item I would not pay too much.

    I love your blog!

    Mo´s last blog post was Caren Lissner!

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