So…What Exactly Is The Girlfriend Jean?

Even if you don't think skinny jeans are losing their top-dog position any time soon, there's no denying the denim world has definitely gotten a lot more interesting lately. New variations on shapes, cuts, rises, and crops are a bit more intriguing than your standard, above-the-ankle toothpick style. Boyfriend jeans might be the fashion set's favorite iteration of late, but while researching a denim-trend story, I recently stumbled across another that is purportedly for the other other half: girlfriend jeans.
And, no — unlike boyfriend styles, this isn't a traditionally femme-fit item meant for men. (Otherwise, that's what I'd call those American Eagle girl jeans that indie boys were wearing in the early 2000s.) These lady jeans are meant for ladies. Topshop describes its version as a pant "cut high on the waist, offering a slightly slimmer fit." River Island says its are "slightly cropped," and White House Black Market details its as a fit that "sits just below the waist" and is "eased through the hip and thigh." Tapered down the leg, cropped high on the ankle, and made with thick, non-stretch denim, it's more structured than a boyfriend jean, more flattering than a mom jean, and definitely not in the same vein as Levi's ex-girlfriend jean. And, as someone who already owns this style of pants (without knowing they had a name), I can confirm that while they're not going to give you long legs, a great butt, or slim thighs, they do make your outfits look more interesting, which has always been my goal.
Click through to shop three self-marketed pairs of girlfriend jeans and see five outfits Topshop styled with them. Then, let us know — are these gimmicky or a godsend?

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