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Struggling to break up with skinny jeans? Try these denims for an up-to-date switch

Metro logo Metro 08/05/2022 Jessica Lindsay
Once you free yourself from skinny jeans, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go bootcut sooner (Pictures: Credited below) © Provided by Metro Once you free yourself from skinny jeans, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go bootcut sooner (Pictures: Credited below)

The era of the skinny jean is over, which will either be music to your ears or absolutely devastating.

For years, the fashionable denim choice has been spray-on skinnies, but tight jeans are now considered cheugy, dated, and unflattering.

With the reemergence of 70s and 90s fashion, we’ve been seeing a wider variety of shapes and cuts in stores.

The good news is that you’ll have no trouble finding a style that flatters you. The bad news, however, is that you can no longer pick up your staple Topshop Jonis, lest ye be judged by fashion-forward teenagers in the street.

The cut of your new favourite jeans will depend on your style and body shape, but the general rule is to avoid anything labelled super-slim, skinny, or jegging.

Straight leg jeans are ideal if you don’t want a big change, although you shouldn’t be afraid of ‘boyfriend’ or wide leg denims. Their voluminous shape will skim over any lumps and bumps while highlighting your curves, and help even out a top-heavy silhouette.

If you prefer casual comfort, cargo jeans are roomy and have plenty of pockets (pockets!) for your essentials, while those looking for a tapered ankle can go for barrel-leg or Mom jean.

Whenever you feel nervous about switching away from your old faithful skinnies, just try to remember; you’ll never have to do that awkward shuffle and jump routine to squeeze into a pair again.

Here are the best non-skinny jeans you can buy now… for when you’re ready to say goodbye.

Asos Design Boyfriend Jean

Boyfriend jeans have a relaxed, androgynous shape (Picture: Asos) © Provided by Metro Boyfriend jeans have a relaxed, androgynous shape (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £20 from Asos.

Barrel Leg Non-Stretch Jeans

Barrel leg jeans elongate the legs and look great with heels and a fancy top (Picture: Arket) © Provided by Metro Barrel leg jeans elongate the legs and look great with heels and a fancy top (Picture: Arket)

Buy for £69 at Arket.

Spanx Flared Mid-Rise Jeans

Looking to replace your jeggings? Spanx jeans slip on just the same but look like the real deal (Picture: Selfridges) © Provided by Metro Looking to replace your jeggings? Spanx jeans slip on just the same but look like the real deal (Picture: Selfridges)

Buy for £130 at Selfridges.

Sky High Wide-Leg Jeans

Made using Gap’s Washwell method, these denims are better for the environment than the average pair (Picture: Gap) © Provided by Metro Made using Gap’s Washwell method, these denims are better for the environment than the average pair (Picture: Gap)

Buy for £54.95 from Gap.

Levi’s 501 Original Jeans

Go for a classic straight leg 501 for timeless style (Picture: Levi’s) © Provided by Metro Go for a classic straight leg 501 for timeless style (Picture: Levi’s)

Buy for £95 from Levi’s.

Slim High Jeans

Even cropped jeans have had an update for 2022, with a wider leg and retro high pockets (Picture: H&M) © Provided by Metro Even cropped jeans have had an update for 2022, with a wider leg and retro high pockets (Picture: H&M)

Buy for £29.99 at H&M.

Straight Cargo Jeans

Pair cargo jeans with trainers and a crop top for easy summertime dressing (Picture: Stradivarius) © Provided by Metro Pair cargo jeans with trainers and a crop top for easy summertime dressing (Picture: Stradivarius)

Buy for £35.99 at Stradivarius.

Wrangler Wanderer in Sunfade Vintage

Feel like a 70s rockstar in this statement pair, part of a collaboration between Wrangler and Fender (Picture: Wrangler) © Provided by Metro Feel like a 70s rockstar in this statement pair, part of a collaboration between Wrangler and Fender (Picture: Wrangler)

Buy for £90 from Wrangler.

The Mom Jeans

You can’t go wrong with M&S (Picture: M&S) © Provided by Metro You can’t go wrong with M&S (Picture: M&S)

Buy for £39.50 at M&S.

Cole Organic Denim Jeans

Goodbye uncomfortable skinnies, hello baggy jeans you can really move around in (Picture: Lucy and Yak) © Provided by Metro Goodbye uncomfortable skinnies, hello baggy jeans you can really move around in (Picture: Lucy and Yak)

Buy for £55 at Lucy and Yak.

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