I Tried the Most Popular Jean Trend of 2021—These 10 Are the Best-Fitting Pairs

As someone who basically lives in jeans, I’m not one to pass up a great denim trend. We’ve already touched on some of the biggest jean trends this season, from vintage washes to distressed denim, but by far one of my favorites has been the comeback of ’70s silhouettesflares, boot-cut, and wide-leg styles—thanks to designers such as Celine, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Gucci championing the trend on the runways.

The non–skinny jean trend has already been spotted all over the ’gram on some of our favorite influencers and celebrities. This season, the trending silhouette calls for full-length jeans with a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. There are plenty of cool and modern iterations of the ’70s trend on the market right now, like wider-leg styles and boot-cut silhouettes. There’s something to suit every taste and body type.

Eager to find the best flare jeans to add to my arsenal this season, I tried on a plethora of different brands and styles and found these 11 below to be the best-fitting. Read on to check out my absolute favorites to invest in right now. (And for reference, I am 5’6” and usually wear a size 27.)

Agolde has long been an editor favorite (we all own this pair), so I was excited to try its new high-rise flares. They’re made of 100% organic cotton, which is super soft to the touch. The medium indigo color is absolute perfection and has a natural vintage look. They’re an easy everyday pair of jeans that I’ll be wearing on repeat this season.

Slvrlake jeans have fast become one of my favorite new denim brands for its modern and cool silhouettes. This pair has a subtler, less exaggerated flare and a high waistline, creating a super-flattering and ultra-wearable silhouette. They’re perfect if you’re looking for rigid denim that doesn’t feel too stiff.

If you’re looking for a wider-leg silhouette, these best-selling Levi’s Ribcage jeans are a must. Loved by the fashion crowd, they feature an ultra-high waist and non-stretch denim. They come in all different colors, but I particularly love this icy ecru color, which looks chic paired with similar hues.

These Paige jeans are luxuriously soft and seriously comfortable. They have a more defined flare leg, which looks great with pointed-toe boots and sneakers like. The faded dark denim has a vintage feel that can easily be worn at work or for a night out.

I’ve been living in (and loving) these jeans on the weekends. They have a more relaxed fit through the leg and a subtle boot-cut silhouette, making them so effortless and easy to throw on with my tees and sneakers. I love the vintage blue hue, and the light distressing adds a cool-girl touch. 

Frame’s retro Francoise jeans make my legs look super long (major win!) and come in a super stretch denim, which is incredibly easy to move around in. The pocket details add a unique touch that feels refreshingly different from my other jeans. I recommend wearing these with heels (if you don’t get the hem taken up). 

I’m always pleasantly impressed with H&M’s denim selection, and you can’t beat its budget-friendly prices. These stretch-flare jeans fit beautifully through the leg. They have a mid-rise fit and aren’t too long so look great with sneakers and low heels. Not bad for $30.

Okay, move over, black skinny jeans. These ultra-flattering flares from Mother are taking precedence in my wardrobe this season. These are crazy comfortable (great for dancing in, FYI) and feature a high-rise silhouette and exposed buttons. Perfect to wear with heels and a statement blouse for an evening out.

Citizens of Humanity are one of my favorite denim brands because of the excellent quality and fit. I wear its jeans practically every other day, so I was excited to try a new silhouette from the brand. If you’re searching for a less exaggerated flare, this boot-cut silhouette is a great way to ease into the ’70s trend. I adore the easy-to-wear faded wash, and they’re supremely comfortable. And if you tend to prefer a mid-rise fit, they’re the perfect option. 

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, if a more exaggerated wide leg is your thing, Citizens of Humanity Annina Trousers are an excellent option. Great for all body types, the high-rise cinched waist and long, trouser silhouette exudes an effortlessly polished look.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, I tried on 20 pairs of straight-leg jeans to find the best-fitting.

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