Lately I’ve noticed that if jeans are rolled at the bottom, everyone calls them boyfriend jeans. I’m pretty sure, however, there is a fundamental difference between a true boyfriend jean and a slim legged jean that is rolled. Curious about my presumption, I googled “how to wear boyfriend jeans.” I always browse the pictures that come up first because I can learn a lot just from paying attention to how women are wearing “boyfriend jeans.” What I determined is that some sites differentiated between the two types and some did not.
So here’s my take. A boyfriend jean is by nature your boyfriend’s jean. What I mean by that is the look should be slouchy, like you are wearing men’s jeans. The important thing to remember when trying this style is that the slouchy style of jean requires a slim fitting top or tee to balance the whole look. Avoid legs that are too wide to roll. You definitely don’t want to try to roll a boot cut jean. The resulting roll will be too big and too sloppy. Stick to straight or narrow legged styles that have a beat up or distressed look and a slouchy fit. The bottom of the roll should hit your leg at the top of your ankle bone or one roll shorter. Too long and it looks like you are waiting for a flood. Too short and it looks like you are wearing capris.
An slim legged jean that is rolled is an equally cute look. I liked this picture from howtowearboyfriendjeans4 because it shows several types of rolled jean looks. The true boyfriend jean is the one on the top right because it has that worn in and looser fitting look. All of these styles were considered boyfriend by this site, but as I have already argued, I’m not sure I would agree.
As you can see, many types of shoes work with this look – everything from heels to flats. Also notice that the rolls are different widths too, from narrow to wide. What is important is that you get a clean roll that stays up. Ironing your roll can help with this.
If you have been avoiding the rolled jean because you weren’t really sure how to pull it off, I hope this blog has encouraged you to give it a try. It is a fun new way to wear jeans in the summer!