Goodbye Skinny Jeans: These Are 2020s New Pants to Wear

The first time I wore a pair of skinny jeans, I was in sixth grade. They were a low-rise, extra-skinny pair from Abercrombie Kids that I had begged my mom for enough that she bought them just to shut me up. But who could blame me? My bootcut Levis had been deemed unacceptable by every pre-pubescent girl at my middle school, and instead, braces-clad faces were accompanied by some very, very tight jeans. (I, unfortunately, didnt have braces yetjust the worst case my future orthodontist would tell me he had ever seen. DM me for photographic evidence).

My point? That was over a decade ago.

Skinny jeans have had their day, and while the gods have done the bare minimum of blessing us with high-rise versionsthe mere thought of low-rise skinny jeans is enough to send me over the edgethey still are a bit dated. Dont get me wrong, they have a time and a placelike when you need to tuck them into booties in the winter. But other versions of pants are now gracing our lower-halves, and we have to admit, theyre a lot more flattering.

Give your skinnies a nice, cozy place at the back of your closet, and try out these 2020-approved pantsso you can walk into the beginning of a new decade in something other than what you started the last one in.

Leather Pants

A few years ago, you probably wouldnt have considered a pair of leather pants unless it was October 30 at Spirit Halloween while you were settling on being Sandy from Grease as a last-minute Halloween costume. But alas, the fashion gods have a way of making us eat our words, as theyve done with the leather pants of seasons past (and future). Weve sung the praises of the Spanx leather leggings for months now, and while theyre still a permanent part of our rotation, straighter, trouser-like versions have popped up that weve fallen for too.

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Cropped Boot-Cut

When its anything but blustery cold outside, cropped jeans are almost always the way to go. This retro cut is super flattering and makes any outfit look more modern and fun than skinny jeansespecially paired with a patterned top.

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If youve been sticking exclusively to skinny jeans as of late, put on a flared pair and see what they do to your legs and how many times youre caught looking at your butt in the mirror throughout the day. A flared pair of jeans hugs your body in all the right places and enhances your figure in ways that a skinny pair simply cant. With a heeled pair of booties or sandals, youll be the chicest girl in any room.

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Its easy to get stuck in the mindset that trousers are a workwear-only piece of clothingafter all, thats what they were meant for. But its 2020, and its time for trousers to make their way into your casual wardrobe too. Styling them in a monochromatic look is a seamless option, but this season graced us with pairs in patterns and colors that scream wear me with a T-shirt on a Saturday.

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Straight Jeans

If I had to pick one style of jean that was the clear replacement of skinny jeans, its a straight-leg pair. Theyre nothing out of the ordinary, but are more flattering on the body and give off an effortless, cool-girl vibe (especially with a distressed hem). Youd have to pull our editors straight jeans out of our cold, dead hands before we went back to skinnies.

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