The Edit: 5 Pairs of Wide Leg Jeans to Make Your Legs Look Mile-Long

Sayonara, skinny jeans.

For the last five years or so, it’s been skinny jeans every day, everywhere. And while no one can dispute their slimming, leg-lengthening qualities, we’re starved for new proportions. Enter: Wide leg jeans. The throwback denim is experiencing a major comeback and we’re already stocking up for spring. However, as stylish as they may be, there are a few styling tricks to keep in mind:

1. Keep the wash light. Save the ultra-inky washes for your raw denim. Wide legs are meant to skew retro.

2. Wear heels. Wide leg jeans are already equipped to make your legs look crazy-long. Maximize the illusion by wearing your jeans with booties or a platform sandal.

3. Call your tailor. Most wide legs jeans have super-long inseams—usually 32 inches and up. If you’re not leggy and don’t plan on wearing 6-inch heels (see #2), then be sure to call a tailor to take up the seam. Raggedy hems will look more grungy surfer than hippie goddess. Psst: While shopping, account for any fading or whiskering that might look wonky post-hem. 

[1] Current/Elliott The Girl Crush Jeans, $238.00 at Shopbop. [2] Hi Rise 5 Pocket Flare, $78 at Free People. [3] Flea Market Flares Button-Up Edition, $135 at Madewell. [4] Level 99 Chambray Wide-Legs, $128 at Anthropologie. [5] Flea Market Flares in Carl Wash, $135 at Madewell.