Cancel culture is coming for millennials and you’ll want to get the skinny on this newly nixed fashion trend.
According to Gen Z, skinny jeans are now officially over. The trend was called out on TikTok, with videos condemning the body-hugging pants and calling for their prompt removal from all closets in some very dramatic ways.
In this melodramatic and hopefully sarcastic video by user @momohkd, she instructs her 410,000 viewers to either throw the pants away, light them on fire or cut them up into something new. At least the last option was thrifty, right?
Millennials and above are understandably upset by this sudden switch to baggier pants, as skinny jeans are a staple for most and were thought to be the elevated next step after the baggy mom jeans and super low-rise denim of the ’90s.
User @takingmylifebackat42 used the platform to not only clap back at this drastic cancellation of the jeans, but also called out more trends that the younger generation either canceled prematurely or claim they created, including the middle hair part, scrunchies and “flared leggings,” which are obviously just yoga pants.
With all that being said, maybe Gen Z has a point, and it doesn’t hurt to expand our pants wardrobe a bit to keep up with the times.
Since skinny jeans are constricting and we are spending more time working at home anyway, here are some looser and cooler options to try, from wide-leg denim to mom and dad jeans and everything in between.
If you’re having a hard time kicking the skinny-jean habit, try this cigarette-style pant for a slim fit without being ridiculed for wearing their skinnier cousin.
From Anthropologie, these jeans come in a lighter blue wash and hit right above the ankle, perfect to pair with low booties or sandals in the summer. They range in size from a women’s 25 to a 32 and come in both a regular and a tall inseam length.
If you already love their leggings, try their super slimming yet definitely not skinny jeans on for size.
Yummie’s bootcut style comes in an array of colors, from black, dark navy and an even darker navy on sale for just $39, to a white or a classic denim blue for $88. No matter the color, find a flattering mid-rise fit with a flared bootcut leg that is the perfect combination to keep up with this new trend.
Take this trend to the extremes with this super wide-leg jean from Free People.
The distressed style has a high waist to keep them on your body, but it’s all baggy from there, with extra-wide legs and a slouchy silhouette — and pre-ripped on the knees for that retro grunge look.
Be on the cutting edge of fashion and environmentally conscious at the same time with this pair of jeans from Liverpool Los Angeles.
The denim itself is recycled, and the buttons and hardware are chemical-free, with the entire pair using recycled water and renewable energy to produce. In terms of the fit, they rock for a non-skinny style but still hug your curves with some wiggle room from the mid-thigh down.
Fashion? You’ve got this in the bag.
These paper-bag waist jeans are the perfect way to stay trendy and comfy this year, with a flattering and forgiving waistband and a super-wide leg to match. The medium-wash jeans come in small, medium and large, made with 100% cotton denim that hit just below the ankle.
For a real throwback, throw away the skinny jeans and trade them for Dad’s from the ’90s.
The Stradivarius jeans are sold at ASOS and come in a washed black color for an even grungier look. They come in a petite length perfect for a cropped style and range in size from a 4 to a 12 in US sizing (32 to 44 in the UK) .
Who made that rule that white jeans were only for summer?
Rock these wide-leg jeans all year round, as they pair perfectly with any color sweater and boots or a crop top and sandals — take your pick. The jeans are from Nicole Miller’s 2021 spring collection, but grab them now while you still can. They come in sizes 25 through 32 and are available in an olive green color, too.
Trade in jeans altogether and go for a chino pant, with a straight leg to avoid any confusion if you are in style or stuck in the skinny-jean past.
These straight-leg chinos come in a variety of colors, from a crisp cream to a navy blue or a classic beige to match any top of your choice. They have pleated accents for some added style and two sets of pockets that can fit far more than those of a pair of women’s skinny jeans.
If jeans aren’t for you, try a pant that has perfect in its name and also follows the no-skinny-leg rule.
The Perfect Pant is a high-waisted option that uses Spanx’s magic control top to keep your tummy in check while highlighting your backside and elongating legs with the flared ankle. They are super size-inclusive as well, sold in sizes ranging from an XS to a 3X and in a petite, regular and tall length.
Wide leg? Check.
These fashionable checkered pants from Madewell are flattering and fashionable, with a plush checked corduroy fabric and an ankle-length to pair with flats for fun or heels to dress them up. They currently come in sizes XXS to XL and, because of the steep discount, are final sale; make sure to use code WOWIE at checkout for an additional 40% off.