The Anti-Skinny Jeans You Will Be Wearing This Fall — We Promise

By now, you've probably seen the all the new— and somewhat intimidating — denim silhouettes at your favorite fast fashion stores, online shops, and even your Instagram feed. With wider styles popping up in skinny jeans’ wake, this new denim territory can feel somewhat disorienting. Suddenly, the skinny jean world we’ve come to know and love so well has officially been turned on its head — and now we’re thinking, What’s the difference between a baby bell and just a bell? Where are these strange crops supposed to hit on my leg?

It’s no secret that skinny jeans aren’t in the spotlight for fall, and now it's time to figure out just how wide you’re willing to go. Whether you’re taking baby steps and starting out with a boot-cut or diving head-first into flares, we’ve rounded up the best non-skinny jeans everyone will be wearing come fall. Give those skinnies a rest and step into one of the picks ahead.

A classic boot-cut is a safe foray into non-skinny jeans. Lengthening and flattering, this style has some of the same characteristics of your favorite pair of skinnies, but feels fresh and looks great with a chunky sweater and fall boot.
Current/Elliott Wallace Jeans, $238.00 Buy
Boot-cuts may be trending now, but they can also be considered a classic silhouette. Amp up the statement with an unexpected mule or long tunic top.
Levi's 715 Boot Cut Jeans, $78.00 Buy
Believe it or not, with the right styling, white jeans can be just as relevant in fall as they are in summer. This pair looks chic with a statement sneaker year-round.
True Religion Becca Mid-Rise Bootcut Jeans, $156.00 Buy
Stick with a dark or black wash to keep things feeling ultra-modern and sleek while still being a cool-girl contrast to the universal skinny jean.
LOFT Curvy Boot Cut Jeans, $69.50 Buy
The baby bell, which can also be called a kick-flare jean, is the bell-bottom’s little sister. It’s usually cropped and is a bit less flared than your typical full-length bell-bottom jean. And it looks great with a frayed hem or a bit of general distressing.
3x1 Blue Distressed Cropped Jeans, $98.00 Buy
For sleeker, clean lines, try the baby bell in a more uniform wash. These can be dressed up for work with a silk blouse and chunky heel.
Topshop Moto Indigo Cropped Flared Jeans, $68.00 Buy
Frayed hems aren’t only for the bottom of a jean — this variation has the same detail on the waistband, which is perfect to show off cropped tops and sweaters.
Marques’Almeida Cropped Frayed Low-Rise Flared Jeans, $565.00 Buy
This wear-everday pair of baby bells come in a mid-wash that works season to season and has a little bit of stretch for all-day comfort.
H&M Kick Flare Ankle Jeans, $49.99 Buy
The ‘70s revival shows no sign of slowing into fall, so you’re almost overdue to find your go-to pair of flares. Great for flattering curves and elongating the leg, the flare is most likely to replace the skinny as your staple, especially in a classic, dark-wash style that goes with everything.
rag & bone Beckett Bell Bottom Jean, $198.00 Buy
For a cool-girl flare that doesn’t feel overly boho, try an almost-black wash and pair with a slip-on sneaker.
MiH Marrakesh in Dark Indigo, $225.00 Buy
The frayed hem trend works on full-length denim, too.
7 For All Mankind High Waisted Vintage Flared Jeans, $89.00 Buy
This more affordable variation still has an interesting released-hem detail. Plus, the light wash pairs well with neutral tops and wooden platforms.
Forever 21 High-Waisted Flared Jeans, $29.90 Buy
For a voluminous style that doesn't feel like it's swallowing your entire leg, try the denim culotte.
River Island Dark Blue Wash Denim Culottes, $76.00 Buy
A sleek, high-waisted culotte with no front or back pockets cuts down on bulk and elongates the leg even further.
Topshop Moto Undone Hem Denim Culottes, $68.00 Buy
Look for eye-catching details, like this pair's contrasting seams.
Raquel Allegra Denim Culottes, $368.00 Buy
This slim culotte shape is flattering for petite and tall figures alike.
Steve J & Yoni P Denim Culottes, $500.00 Buy
If you’re feeling bold, or just never liked how tight skinny jeans can be, give some wide-leg denim a try. They’re comfortable, breathable, and the ultimate fashion-girl staple.
Samantha Pleet The Port High Rise Wide Leg Jeans, $151.20 Buy
It's okay if a wide-leg jean is a little on the longer side — wear them with pointed-toe pumps or just own the slightly oversized look.
rag & bone Justine Wide-Leg Jeans, $147.00 Buy
A black wash with white paint splatters gives this pair an unique twist.
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela Wide-Leg Jeans, $350.00 Buy
Tackle two trends in one with this patchwork wide-leg jean.
G.V.G.V. Patchwork Wide Leg Cropped Jeans, $639.00 Buy