Fashion piece

Piece of the Week: Baggy Jeans

What it is.

While baggy jeans have been at the forefront of fashion in recent months, this upcoming season takes the trend to new heights. For Fall/Winter ’22 and Spring/Summer ’23, designers have turned more to baggy pocket jeans, which blend two trends – relaxed and low-waisted silhouettes. The result, also often referred to as “dad jeans,” are exaggerated jeans with a slouchy, dropped waist and a loose fit similar to the style favored by ’90s hip-hop and skate stars. While primarily seen in this season’s menswear shows, the look has also been adopted by popular female celebrities and gender-neutral designer collections, each bringing a twist to the re-emerging style.

Why you’ll want it.

Just like baggy clothes, baggy jeans are here to replace the once popular “mom” and “skinny” jean styles that Generation Z condemned in favor of more comfortable, size-appropriate jeans. As a younger audience began to draw fashion inspiration from the past, especially the 90s and 2000s eras, these eras converged to form the infamous Y2K trend that swept the runways and retailers. Nostalgic looks, such as baggy jeans, led the movement, with many young shoppers adopting the staple style in their own experimental ways. Baggy jeans further cemented the lifestyle trend of prioritizing comfort against the “work from home” culture that has been established over the past two years.

Where we’ve seen it before.

This trendy denim style has been seen on the runways of several youth-centric brands, each of which may be trying to market their collections to younger consumers. For example, in the quirky JW Anderson collection, oversized jeans were paired with baggy sweaters with bike handles or layered T-shirts. Hed Mayner’s multi-pocket jeans were shown with a puffy denim bomber jacket, while Glenn Martens’ Y/Project used a gathering technique that twisted the loose fit from the pants to creating a unique silhouette. Meanwhile, Vetements’ non-dual collection featured softer iterations in recessed or sweeping jeans. For Louis Vuitton’s final Virgil Abloh farewell show, we explored the music-oriented origins of baggy jeans, which were presented alongside a speaker-turned-backpack.

How it was designed.

In keeping with the origins of baggy jeans, taking inspiration from nostalgic skate or hip-hop clothing from the 90s and early 21st century ensured a modern, high-fashion look for a young, modern audience. For example, loose-fitting jeans with an oversized sweater layered with a collared shirt and skate shoes, paired with a chain necklace and other simple accessories. For girls, crop a cropped t-shirt or lace-up top similar to a New Age fashion icon’s silhouette and pair it with an eye-catching belt and colorful accessories to add a little fun. Don’t be afraid to always keep the theme loose, as these jeans can also be paired with pieces like an oversized blazer.

Casual pieces inspired by “vintage” designs are keeping up with trends and supporting the younger generation. Loose fitting jeans are the perfect way to appeal to the comfort-focused trend, while also pairing with the ongoing Y2K hype to make a splash in the fashion world.