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Barrel Jeans Are the Controversial Denim Trend That’s Continuing to Divide the Fashion Set

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If you thought the great denim debate was about skinny versus baggy jeans, think again. The sartorial dispute is actually a more nuanced discussion, thanks to a very specific, voluminous silhouette dividing the industry. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to reintroduce you to the barrel jean. The divisive style hugs the hips, offers the nonchalant coolness of baggier styles throughout the thighs, peaks in circumference around the knees, and regains its elegance by tapering off at the ankles. As the name suggests, it replicates the bulging cylinder of a barrel or the bowed brackets of parentheses.

The curvy shape has become a go-to for many style stars as of late. Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively both have distressed and faded rinses that pair well with cozy knits and comfy shoes. Camila Morrone and Dove Cameron have shown us how to dress up the balloon-like jeans with fancy heels. It’s not just the street style scene that’s making a strong case for barrel jeans. Even notoriously glamorous brands like Alaïa showcased the barrel jean’s runway prowess for the fall/winter 2023 season. 

Photo: Alaïa



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