How to Wear the New Straight Leg Jeans

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Straight leg jeans are the new skinny jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images
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Fashion Girls Love the New Straight Leg Jeans

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How to wear trendy straight leg jeans now. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Women who care deeply about fashion — you know, the same ones whose thoughtfully curated outfits are captured by street style photographers in every major city on the globe — have proclaimed straight leg jeans the new must-have pant sihouette. We can see the appeal. These jeans have a comfortable, relaxed silhouette that are breezier (and more forgiving to the figure) than the skinny jeans that have ruled fashion for so long. Not that you should give up your favorite skinnies — but if you want to look on-trend for spring and summer fashion, you'll want to include at least one pair of straight leg jeans in your wardrobe. Take a look at our photo gallery of outfits, as we show you easy ways to put together looks with this new denim staple.

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Office Outfit Idea: Straight Leg Jeans With a Blazer

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Wear jeans with a navy blazer for the office. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's your go-to office look for casual Fridays this summer, or whenever denim clothing is allowed. Pair straight leg jeans (this pair featuring stylish dark cuffs is by the Mother Denim brand) with a navy blazer and a simple white t-shirt. Add a summery shoulder bag and pointy-toe flats for a chic approach to wearing jeans to work that looks pulled together.

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Straight Leg Jeans and Pastel Blazer

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A pastel blazer adds feminine style to straight leg jeans. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

When you want to play up your feminine side, and still look polished for the office, try this winning outfit combination. Straight leg jeans are dressed up by a pastel boyfriend-style blazer and a pretty printed blouse. You could wear this look to work easily with platform sandals, as pictured here, or opt for your favorite high heel pumps.

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Wear Straight Leg Jeans on a Date

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Wear straight leg jeans and a feminine blouse for a date. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Looking for date outfit ideas that work for everything from casual dates to cocktails? Try pairing easy, straight leg jeans in a cropped fit with this year's must-have ruffled blouse trend. Layer on a leather motorcycle jacket to keep you warm on cooler evenings and add sexy feminine style with strappy sandals in a metallic finish. A cross-body purse looks current and won't weigh you down on a date.

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Daytime Look: Straight Leg Jeans and Bright Top

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Wear a bright blouse over straight leg jeans. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Straight leg jeans — especially in a trendy raw hem finish — can look more up to date than skinny jeans now, especially for daytime. Wear yours this spring and summer with a bold-hued top, to create an outfit that you can wear shopping or to brunches with friends. Want to really ace this look? Keep your accessories in the neutral family of shades, as pictured here, to avoid competing (or clashing) with your shirt.

Learn how to dress up basic jeans with our street style guide.

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Wear Jeans and a Sweater for Summer Nights

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Wear a striped sweater with jeans for summer evenings. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

When the temperature dips, slip on a summer weight sweater — we love this trendy striped version — with your straight leg jeans. This outfit is easy to wear with basic sneakers for casual weekends. Or dress it up with open toe sandals, for visiting his parents or shopping dates with friends.

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Layer a Long Trench Coat Over Straight Leg Jeans

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Street style in jeans and a navy trench coat. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Sometimes, the easiest outfit is a trench coat. Take a look at how wearing a classic trench coat — this one is extra chic in navy blue — pulls together no-effort jeans and a tank top, giving your easy separates a more polished feel.

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Belt a White Shirt Over Straight Leg Jeans

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Street style in a white shirt and straight leg jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Do you love borrowing shirts from your boyfriend? Here's a borrowed-from-the-boys outfit that manages to look sexy enough for wearing on a date. Simply add a wide belt to an untucked white button-down shirt, letting the tails hang loose over easy-fit, straight leg jeans (those pictured here are Levi's 501s). Wear with pointy toe flats or high heels for a casually sexy style that can easily be worn out at night this summer.

Check out 20 awesome ways to style a white shirt.

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Wear a Little Tweed Jacket With Straight Leg Jeans

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Wear a little tweed jacket with relaxed jeans for chic style. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Straight leg jeans can read as casual, which is why adding a Chanel-style jacket (or a real Chanel topper, if you're flush) is a genius way to instantly dress them up. You'll look like a real Parisian when you layer a cropped tweed blazer over light wash, straight leg jeans. Finish your effortlessly chic outfit with smart leather accessories — you can't go wrong with pointy ballet flats.