distressed jeans
3×1 W3 Higher Ground Boyfriend Crop

A totally rad destructed hem

This is about a trend that we have seen coming for quite some seasons, and it seems that it has been confirmed and approved by most skinny jeans lovers and quite a lot of celebs as the “It-Jean” of right now.

Made of 100% cotton, or with just a small amount of stretch, these jeans can fit pretty skinny even without the stretch, as well as a bit more slouchy, like a boy-fit version of a straight leg jean. Almost definitely cropped, and mid- to high waisted, and, preferably, with a button fly, as in borrowed-from-the-guys.

We have rounded up a few very rad options here, let us know which one is your fave and why, as we always love our readers’ feedback.

ankle skinnies
Levi’s Wedgie Jean

The sexy way of wearing rigid jeans

boyfriend jeans
G-Star Elwood 3D Mid Waist Boyfriend Jeans

A true boy-fit

light blue jeans
Citizens of Humanity Dree Crop High Rise

These are a perfect crop for the shorties among us

ripped jeans
AGOLDE Jamie High Rise Jean – Slash

These also come in a non-ripped version if you prefer

vintage jeans
RE/DONE/Levi’s Straight Skinny Jeans

A classic vintage wash without any rips or distressing

bespoke denim
GRLFRND Karolina Customizable High-Rise Skinny Jean

The fab thing is that you can customize these on the Revolve website

distresed cropped jeans
J Brand Ivy cropped distressed high-rise straight-leg jeans

Yep, even J Brand does 100% cotton now!


  1. I LOVE the 3×1 from the front.
    I LOVE the cut of the Ivy jean. I purchased and returned the original Ivy jean because I discovered this super short crop is not a good idea for tall skinny people. But the cut and wash were IDEAL otherwise and very comfy.

    I made a project out of trying on rigid jeans since last summer, because I’m frustrated with most stretch jeans. Among the best back pockets are the LOU from Rag & Bone, Rag& Bone Engineer and Rag & Bone Boyfriend back pockets.
    The Rag & Bone Lou skinny is impeccably tailored, except if you need to uncuf because 30″ is plenty cropped enough without that giant fold over, but the ankle shape an easy correction at the tailor. The bad news: the Lou has to bag out a lot with normal wear because there is zero vertical stretch and lots of resistance in the seat and knees when sitting. I hope Rag & Bone makes these again with great recovery stretch denim that stretches in every direction evenly because this amazing tailoring will go to waste as rigid denim bags out. I’m not willing to suffer to wear jeans. I could slice them at the knee and below the seat, but I don’t want to. If you are fine with suffering as you bag them out, try on the next 2 sizes up to be sure you will like them when they are no longer skinny.
    I may buy the Lou wide leg crop and slice off right under the knee because I can’t wear a 26″ inseam and I dislike the horizontal color block.
    The adviser/salesperson at Rag & Bone warned me that her rigid jeans drive her nuts because she’s pulling them up all the time. She told me that after I complimented her on how her DRE jeans looked. She says she hates to wear a belt. So do I. She then demanded that I try on the boyfriend jean in my usual size 23 instead of 24. It was fine, but I’m going to go back to the store to try the 24 because the 23 didn’t look boyfriend enough to me. She insists the 23 will soon require a belt to stay up. Is this the future of jeans? Buy them too small and see if you like them after heavy wear, when they are no longer returnable?
    I think what’s needed is much better stretch denim, or tailoring that works for no-stretch, such as a Lou wide leg jean with a 32″ inseam and no horizontal bands at the hem.
    Next, I plan to go to Levis to try Miley Cyrus’s 501s from a previous post.

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