5 Reasons to Never Put on Skinny Jeans Again

It won’t be a stretch to convince you to let loose.

Let’s just get this out of the way—I love my skinny jeans, in all of their tight, restrictive glory. Good ol’ blue jeans are an undeniable classic. They make your butt look aces and they go with just about anything. Skinnies probably aren’t disappearing from closets any time soon. But, more often than not, they’re kind of crazy uncomfortable. Between straight up cutting off any circulation from the ankle down, to transforming even the mildest bloating to major levels of discomfort, it's time to give these suckers a break. Luckily, in the world of items to clothe your bottom half, there are so many (stretchy!) alternatives to skinny jeans—all the comfort of wearing your yoga pants every day with none of the shame.

Office

Say goodbye to those stiff, starchy trousers you bought in a panic before your first ‘real job’. These wide leg trousers are simultaneously chic as hell and plenty forgiving when you take two donuts from the break room.

Forever 21, $25

Forever 21, $25

Office 2.0

Because we’re not all freelancers who can go to the “office” in pajamas—one more option for those of us struggling to figure out what work appropriate even means. Burgundy is a refreshing break from the tyranny of black trousers, and paired with a blazer and heels, these won’t look out of place in the office.

Gap, $49

Gap, $49

Brunch

Don’t even think about reaching for those old yoga pants on the ground—this paisley pair is exponentially cuter. Equal parts cool, comfy, and slouchy, these are the perfect pants to throw on for last-minute brunch. Most importantly, they will in no way impede your bottomless mimosa consumption.

Urban Outfitters, $49

Urban Outfitters, $49

Errands

Perfect for the classic dilemma of I-really-really-NEED-to-buy-some-cheetos-at-the-bodega-but-I-also-don’t-want-to-put-on-pants. The motorcycle-inspired details keep these otherwise basic leggings interesting while the neutral color goes with anything in a pinch.

BP, $38

BP, $38

Party

While this isn’t exactly pants, per se, in the spirit of non-restricting waistlines, this jumpsuit knocks it out of the park. Between the punchy print, plunging neckline, and elastic waist, you’ll want to wear this through the rest of the holiday season. Bonus: this is a welcome reprieve from the mess of sequined party dresses sure to dominate your next event.

H&M, $50

H&M, $50

Feature illustration by Sophie Dodd