A recent topic that has the Cut office divided: Are skinny jeans on their way out? The slim silhouette — made popular by male rock stars, Hedi Slimane, and Kate Moss — has arguably hit a tipping point. But no matter where you stand on skinny jeans, the ‘90s are undeniably back, and with them a relaxed, non-stretch denim silhouette (to wear with your white sneakers or pool slides).
Scott Morrison, founder and designer of 3x1, explains: “There’s something extremely sexy about a woman who wears non-skinny jeans. In my lifetime, the classic definition of a ‘gorgeous girl in jeans’ was Brooke Shields, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington; all of [whom] wore classic 100 percent cotton or comfort-stretch denims in the ‘90s and most of 2000s. Straight legs, flares, and boyfriend jeans made from non-superstretch denims are all a bit looser than the modern skinny because they have to be, in order to fit correctly.”
Skinny-jean zealots will surely bemoan the demise of their second skin, but a loosened-up style of jean can actually be perfect for the warmer months. Click through the slideshow below to see 12 pairs of relaxed denim for spring, from “cool-mom” jeans to “girlfriend” silhouettes.