While skinny jeans will never actually be out of style, Gen Z seems to have all sorts of opinions on how the silhouette is over. And it’s true: non-skinny silhouettes continue to rise in popularity, but if you’re hesitant to go full-tilt baggy denim, we’re introducing you to the next step after skinny jeans: slim-fit denim. This cut is in a straight fit, typically comes in a high rise and features a slim fit throughout, and tapers close to the ankle. Think of them as 2021’s answer to skinny jeans being canceled. You may remember Hailey Bieber’s ensemble featuring the Khaite jeans we dubbed “skinny-adjacent”.
Sure, this silhouette is a far cry from the ultra-relaxed silhouette that’s been on the rise the past few seasons, but this is one denim style that will take your outfits a step forward if you’re ready to branch out from skinnies. We also happen to think they’re pretty timeless. In fact, our fashion crew is already giving them a whirl, styling them with everything from strappy sandals to loafers to sleek ankle boots. To highlight this must-try denim trend further, we rounded up how fashion people are wearing them now. Keep scrolling for more and to shop the best slim-fit jeans as well.