I think it’s safe to say that we’ve already established the demise of skinny jeans over the past few years. It’s hard not to see the shift. Everywhere I look, denim outfits are getting more and more relaxed, and because of it, non-skinny jeans are officially becoming the go-to style for fashion people everywhere. It’s just a pattern I noticed—I promise I’m not purposefully hating on skinnies. (If you love them, do you!)
But if you’re a fashion-minded person, and you’re not reaching for skinny jeans on the daily. Well, what are you reaching for? My prediction for the rest of 2023 and beyond is barrel-leg jeans. I know you’re thinking, “There’s no way in hell that the voluminous jeans will become my go-to style,” but hear me out. This new wave of non-skinny jeans isn’t the ultra-baggy and shapeless style that has us all emotionally damaged. Instead, it’s more of a wide tapered fit. In other words, they’re balloon jeans that actually have a shape and structure to them so they don’t forfeit looking polished. They’re bubbling up for the second half of 2023, so I’m predicting they’ll come to define the year, and trendsetting denim brands like Agolde and EB Denim are already behind some of the standout pairs defining the look.