For such an easygoing garment, the world of jeans can be difficult to navigate with its dictionary-length list of terminology, from the difference between “slim-straight” and “slim” to the endless variations of washes. You may have even wondered why there are so many personalities in the denim cast of characters: boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, and mom. The protagonist of this Ask Mytheresa US article is the first type.
Boyfriend jeans are a relaxed-fitting style with a menswear-inspired look. As opposed to jeans that highlight the figure, this style is defined by its baggy silhouette—a slightly slouchy waist, a roomy cut through the leg, and sometimes a ripped finish à la Saint Laurent jeans. Indeed, they have the appearance of being “borrowed from the boys” rather than tailored to you.
Having been worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe since the mid-twentieth century, the design is a counterpoint to glamour. Yet, since it became ubiquitous in the early aughties, it’s quickly worked its way into our weekly rotation not only when we’re off duty, but during the 9 to 5. See our how to style boyfriend jeans guide to discover the myriad ways we wear ours.
Let us play matchmaker and find the perfect design for you by looking at the different cuts and washes.
The cut of the boyfriend jean determines the occasion and mood. For example, a high-waisted silhouette is better for workweek looks and cropped tops. We especially adore the directional Curve jeans in black denim from Goldsign, which give the impression that they’re as considered as they are effortless.
On the other hand, a low rise is the perfect choice for tucked-in band T-shirts and running errands about town. The Emerson from Citizens of Humanity is a perennial choice that’s offered in new iterations each season. Try yours in a destroyed jeans treatment or fresh white for your next concert.
But maybe the mid-rise—the in-between option—is just right for you. The Asher from 7 For All Mankind is a classic interpretation of the genre, and makes an effortless transition from Casual Friday into the weekend.
Girlfriend jeans are the counterpart (in name and style) to boyfriend jeans. They are cut with a slimmer fit, from the hips through the leg, with the intention of offering a more feminine fit while still embodying that sense of cool nonchalance. We recommend checking out jeans from Acne Studios for a range of different looks.
Let us offer you a fit tip! You can obtain a similar look to girlfriend jeans by sizing down with a pair of bf jeans. Check our size guide and product measurements before deciding which size will be the best-fitting for you.
No matter what kind of designer jeans you are looking for, you’ll find it at Mytheresa. In case you have any questions or wish to get support with your order, our Customer Service is here to help.