How to Make Baggy Jeans Look Good

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Working style and comfort in baggy jeans.
Working style and comfort in baggy jeans. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Baggy jeans are sometimes called “boyfriend jeans.” This is because their loose fit, hanging low on the hips and long in the leg, makes them look as if they've been borrowed from a guy. How you work this look depends on your height and body shape, but jeans with a straight leg suit everyone. Comfortable and easy to wear, they can be dressed up or down for different occasions.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat shoes
  • Heels
  • Belt
  • Jewelry
  • Jacket
  • Evening purse
  • Scarf
  • Headband

Evening Look

Roll up the cuffs of the jeans above your ankles.

Put on a pair of heels such as strappy sandals, platforms or pumps. Shoes decorated with jewels help create extra impact.

Wear a form-fitting top or blouse to balance out the loose fit below. If you are wearing a necklace, keep the front simple. Otherwise a ruffle front or tie-neck shirt can be eye-catching.

Carry an evening bag, such as a clutch. A sequined or sparkly purse can make a statement and, as the jeans can be quite masculine, provides a feminine contrast.

Wear bold jewelry, such as layers of pearls, chunky bangles or big earrings. Don’t wear all of them together as it will clutter the effect.

Dress up your jeans with a glamorous belt in gold or silver instead of jewelry if you want to keep the look simple but striking.

Day Look

Roll up the cuffs of the jeans so they sit around your ankles. Put on a pair of flat sandals, Converse sneakers or flip flops to keep the look casual.

Add a leather belt, which will stop the jeans from falling too low if they are really baggy. It will also add extra detail to the waist and hip area.

Keep the look feminine by wearing a tighter-fitting top. If it’s too loose you will look as though you are just wearing guy’s clothes. A plain, fitted ,white T-shirt looks effortlessly stylish.

Wear a fitted jacket or blazer to balance out the looser fit below.

Choose just a single accessory to complete the outfit, such as a simple necklace, scarf or headband.

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