Let’s cut to the chase: like most trends, not all jeans are created equal. Some are comfortable, others are not so. Some are great for now, others are bound to stay eventually. The boyfriend jean is one of those godsend trends that are here for a long time.
But unlike its skinny counterpart, boyfriend jeans are not every girl’s cup of tea. Figuring out how to wear them can be a challenge, especially for some body frames. Then there are others who think this piece can only be styled in enough ways without looking like an un-hot mess. And even though some already consider it a closet staple, there are always new ways to reinvent it.
Whether this kind of denim is already a fixture in your wardrobe or still something you’re lukewarm about, one thing we can agree on is it being the sartorial equivalent of good comfort food. Check out how your favorite celebrities and influencers wear the boyfriend jeans in ways you may or may not have thought of.
1. Give your jeans the model treatment.
Nothing says model off-duty more than a white button-down paired with your comfiest pair of jeans. Just like Chie Filomeno, go out and look as if you too just came straight from the studio or runway. Put on a vintage leather belt to achieve that Kate Moss-esque look.
If a bright and colorful ensemble is more up your alley, check out Chi Gibbs in her short-sleeve button-down, which has that retro-futuristic vibe going on.
2. Don denim on denim.
The outdated notion against wearing denim on denim has been proven wrong many times. Yet it’s still worth mentioning again and again that—yes, you can wear denim on denim. Take your cue from model and singer Angelina Cruz, who wears not just denim and denim, but also mixes floral details with grunge elements.
3. Mix and match this boyish item with girly pieces.
If your boyfriend jeans look more boyfriend than “boyfriend,” balance it out with a more feminine top. Kryz Uy’s polka dot lilac blouse and yellow sunglasses say sweet and cute, without looking too teeny-bopper.
Meanwhile, Kookie Buhain is all about understated avant garde with top and jeans that both have asymmetrical details, as well as cheetah-print pumps.
4. Down for something casual?
Tuck in your favorite white shirt under your comfiest denims for days when you’d just rather pick out the first basics you see in your closet. Don’t forget to put on a chic pair of sandals, just like Winnie Wong and Teddi Teopaco.
When it comes to shopping and errand runs, there’s no such thing as a too comfortable outfit. Here, Camie Juan wears her boyfriend jeans rolled up with classic white sneakers, along with a bright shirt and headband that pop.
5. Let your outfit walk the talk for you.
Step out in a power outfit without looking too stiff-corporate with the right pair of boyfriend jeans. Cop Dominique Cojuangco’s look with a perfectly structured blazer, jeans, and textured top in matching hues, and sleek loafer slides. Finish with some dainty gold jewelry for good measure.
6. Bust out the big sneakers.
Stay young, wear sneakers—or so they say. Take a look at Ida Anduyan and Killa Kush, who pair their baggy denims with chunky trainers that literally glow. Careful not to overdo it though by keeping your top basic and accessories minimal.
7. Try out different color variants as well.
A little color never hurt anyone—something that Asia's Next Top Model 2017 winner Maureen Wroblewitz makes a case for with her bright red boyfriend jeans.
Or if you prefer neutral shades, opt for this ivory pair worn by Bea Marin. We’re also digging the big pocket details and her pearl-studded ballet slides.
8. Step out in your ‘80s best.
Channel your favorite ‘80s teen movie characters and wear your boyfriend jeans with a retro-inspired sweater (read: big, bright, and colorful). Jeline Catt and Aira Medina show us how its done below.
9. Believe me, it’s all in your hem.
A detailed hemline instantly elevates an outfit no matter how simple or casual. Whether it’s ruffled ends or an asymmetrically frayed hem, best to keep it above the ankle so it takes center stage in a good way—which you’ll notice with these outfits from Bea Fabregas and Winnie Wong.
10. Go for cool ways to stay warm.
Don your jeans with a cool girl jacket of your choice, especially with the unpredictable weather we have. Channel Daria with an oversized army green jacket like Alyssa Lapid!
The whole athleisure vibe never fails to appeal. Giving her outfit a hint of classic-preppy, Bea Santos adds on a Gucci satchel, iconic Adidas sneakers, and clean white socks that show.
If you’re up for it, a biker jacket makes you look slick and chic at the same time. Claudia Barretto opts for a faded pair of jeans to boot.
11. Bring your maximalist game on.
Dare to juxtapose relaxed denim with a top and shoes that both make a statement. With light wash boyfriend jeans, Nicole Andersson keeps the rest of her look bright with an eye-catching jacket in azure and white strappy pumps.
If somber undertones are more your thing, opt for subtle hues that complement your dark wash denim. Kim Jones balances the edgy details of her boots and purse with a broad structured top and boyfriend jeans with a more tailored fit.
13. Wear and tear a pair.
Nothing says edgy and nonchalant better than distressed denim (regardless whether you DIY your jeans or buy them as they are). Jessa Velasquez goes full-on '90s grunge by adding an oversized army jacket and black boots to complete the look.
14. Team it up with a cropped top.
Thanks to our tropical climate, every season is pretty much cropped top season. Whether you’re headed to the beach or lounging at the mall, wearing it with your boyfriend jeans makes for an interesting combo. Yuki Tansengco matches her light wash denim with a breezy cropped blouse and green-hued accessories to give off an urban-meets-resort wear vibe.
Janeska Sibug keeps her outfit cool and laidback with a racerback tank and chunky white sneakers. The color of her top is a huge plus, given that more and more celebrities have been photographed wearing lilac these days.