Good Jeans

I’m starting to think that I always have my eye out for a good pair of jeans. But I’m always so drawn to dark skinny jeans that I decided I need to broaden my spectrum of denim. I was looking for a pair of jeans for spring that were not quite skinny jean / not quite boyfriend jean. Does this style even exist? My mission was clear — must find this pair of possibly non-existent jeans my imagination thought up. I found this pair of straight style jeans online and took a gamble — I liked the color (it’s darker in person) and the cut so I had my fingers crossed they’d fit well. Turns out they fit perfectly and they are exactly what I wanted — not quite skinny jeans and not quite boyfriend jeans. They call them ‘straight fit’ but I like them better when styled with a cuff than worn straight. The fabric has stretch but it’s still structured so it gives the right amount of slouch and it’s the relaxed look I was going for. Oh and the best part? They are under $100. Mission accomplished. 
Now I just need a name for this new denim I’ve discovered: relaxed skinny? Slouchy straight? (Almost) boyfriend jeans? I could go on and on here, people. I’ve got a limited vocabulary but I’ve got all day. 
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  1. dot says:

    I nominate “Gah, we’re JUST FRIENDS, okayyy??” Jeans.

    02.10.15 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      ‘it’s complicated’ jeans.

      02.10.15 · Reply
      • dot says:

        YESS. And that’s okay. I only feel the need to “define the relationship” with my work clothes.

        02.10.15 · Reply
  2. Trace says:

    Gap has been calling them girlfriend jeans. They should have just stayed with their “fitted boyfriend” lingo. I gave up on finding boyfriend jeans (they all gave me diaper butt) so I bought a pair of straight leg skinnies in a size up. Voila! Just the perfect amount of slouch and comfort.

    02.10.15 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      aww girlfriend jeans, clever, Gap, clever… and yes! i’m glad you discovered this straight leg skinnies as boyfriend jeans too! I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this was the perfect ‘boyfriend’ fit! #nodiaperbutt

      02.10.15 · Reply
      • lolcatgirl says:

        Kendi, I so agree with you about the no diaper butt! Loft has “relaxed skinny jeans”. I still had to size down a size.

        02.10.15 · Reply
  3. Cherish says:

    Lovely outfit. I love the heels

    x

    lifeandstyle-diary.blogspot.nl

    02.10.15 · Reply
  4. Natali says:

    These jeans fit you like a glove! I’m always drawn to skinny jeans and have quite many pairs of those in my closet but almost none of any other “kind” and I feel that I need to change that up too!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  5. this look is pefect! love how you tied the plaid shirt, and those jeans seems like they fit you so well!!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  6. EvaNadine says:

    friend-zone jeans? πŸ˜‰

    02.10.15 · Reply
  7. Mel says:

    Love this! The shoes are the perfect addition

    http://www.girlandthepolkadot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  8. Flex Cavana says:

    Great combo! I love and WANT those shoes!

    ~Alexis

    02.10.15 · Reply
  9. Faith says:

    I just bought a really similar pair from Gap that they call “girlfriend jeans” – more fitted boyfriend jeans! I love them. πŸ™‚
    sweetenedstyle.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  10. I love this grunge glam look! And YAY for finding the perfect denim! Now I want a pair of relaxed skinny/slouchy straight/(almost) boyfriend jeans! πŸ™‚

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

    02.10.15 · Reply
  11. Caitlin Hummer says:

    Super cute! Love the pink pumps and the pink in the flannel!
    xo, Caitlin
    http://thesolcompass.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  12. Meg says:

    I am in love with this outfit! So cute and casual. Also, those jeans look amazing on you! I might have to get a pair…

    02.10.15 · Reply
  13. Clare says:

    Jean hunting may be the worst ever. I cringe half the time I’m looking for jeans…never the right fit. I feel like Goldilocks half the time, nothing is “just right” But you found an amazing pair right there. Score! and for under 100?! Lucky you!

    Clare
    Understated Classics

    02.10.15 · Reply
  14. Add this to the long list of things I didn’t know I needed until Kendi wore it….

    26 and Not Counting

    02.10.15 · Reply
  15. Sasa Zoe says:

    Good jeans are important! Love your heels too:P

    Shall We Sasa

    02.10.15 · Reply
  16. Eden Mint says:

    Love those jeans with the pink pumps!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  17. Selena says:

    Such a cute casual look and I totally feel you on needing “in between” jeans. I’m petite so I like skinny jeans because they don’t give me too much volume on the bottom but they’re not good for EVERY look. I may have to check these out.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  18. Stephanie says:

    Love the “boyfriend” skinny-fitted jeans paired with the pink pump:)

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  19. rhiannon says:
    02.10.15 · Reply
  20. Grace says:

    Yes! Affordable and super cute jeans! Love it! And love those rockin pink heels, girl. You’re wearing this whole V-Day week well! πŸ™‚

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  21. kellymcd says:

    I just went through the same denim dilemma! Boyfriend jeans aren’t really possible for my small, 5 foot nothin’ frame, but I’m bored with constantly wearing skinnies. I scored big time with a pair of petite fit boyfriend skinnies from LOFT ( on sale, no less!) and a pair of Gap denim’s real straight. Those will need a hemming since a 34″ inseam isn’t the best for me, but I’m happy to have some non-skinny denim! Glad to see I’m not the only one craving some change πŸ™‚

    02.10.15 · Reply
  22. They look GREAT on you. I need new jeans. Trying to decide which brand is the best. Any suggestions?

    Christina
    http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  23. How do you make everything look so good??? Definitely checking out your suggestions πŸ™‚

    02.10.15 · Reply
  24. I think relaxed skinny! love the accent of pink that you put into this outfit. very cute and feminine!
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

    02.10.15 · Reply
  25. dot says:

    I nominate "Gah, we're JUST FRIENDS, okayyy??" Jeans.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  26. Trace says:

    Gap has been calling them girlfriend jeans. They should have just stayed with their "fitted boyfriend" lingo. I gave up on finding boyfriend jeans (they all gave me diaper butt) so I bought a pair of straight leg skinnies in a size up. Voila! Just the perfect amount of slouch and comfort.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  27. Cherish says:

    Lovely outfit. I love the heels

    x

    lifeandstyle-diary.blogspot.nl

    02.10.15 · Reply
  28. Natali says:

    These jeans fit you like a glove! I'm always drawn to skinny jeans and have quite many pairs of those in my closet but almost none of any other "kind" and I feel that I need to change that up too!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  29. Kendi Lea says:

    aww girlfriend jeans, clever, Gap, clever… and yes! i'm glad you discovered this straight leg skinnies as boyfriend jeans too! I can't believe it took me so long to realize this was the perfect 'boyfriend' fit! #nodiaperbutt

    02.10.15 · Reply
  30. this look is pefect! love how you tied the plaid shirt, and those jeans seems like they fit you so well!!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  31. EvaNadine says:

    friend-zone jeans? πŸ˜‰

    02.10.15 · Reply
  32. Kendi Lea says:

    YES!! baha

    02.10.15 · Reply
  33. Mel says:

    Love this! The shoes are the perfect addition

    http://www.girlandthepolkadot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  34. Flex Cavana says:

    Great combo! I love and WANT those shoes!

    ~Alexis

    02.10.15 · Reply
  35. Super cute outfit, love your shoes!!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  36. Faith says:

    I just bought a really similar pair from Gap that they call "girlfriend jeans" – more fitted boyfriend jeans! I love them. πŸ™‚
    sweetenedstyle.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  37. Kendi Lea says:

    'it's complicated' jeans.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  38. Kacie Ellis says:

    I love this grunge glam look! And YAY for finding the perfect denim! Now I want a pair of relaxed skinny/slouchy straight/(almost) boyfriend jeans! πŸ™‚

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

    02.10.15 · Reply
  39. dot says:

    YESS. And that's okay. I only feel the need to "define the relationship" with my work clothes.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  40. Caitlin Hummer says:

    Super cute! Love the pink pumps and the pink in the flannel!
    xo, Caitlin
    http://thesolcompass.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  41. Jessica says:

    Add this to the long list of things I didn't know I needed until Kendi wore it….

    26 and Not Counting

    02.10.15 · Reply
  42. Those pumps are so dreamy and feminine!
    Red Reticule
    Red Reticule Collection
    Red Reticule | YouTube

    02.10.15 · Reply
  43. Sasa Zoe says:

    Good jeans are important! Love your heels too:P

    Shall We Sasa

    02.10.15 · Reply
  44. Eden Mint says:

    Love those jeans with the pink pumps!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  45. Selena says:

    Such a cute casual look and I totally feel you on needing "in between" jeans. I'm petite so I like skinny jeans because they don't give me too much volume on the bottom but they're not good for EVERY look. I may have to check these out.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  46. Stephanie says:

    Love the "boyfriend" skinny-fitted jeans paired with the pink pump:)

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  47. i need pink pumps in my life and i love how you paired them with a casual outfit!

    02.10.15 · Reply
  48. rhiannon says:
    02.10.15 · Reply
  49. Megan says:

    very nice outfit, nice heels
    http://meganlike.blogspot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  50. Heidi D. says:

    Those pink pumps are perfection and I love your simple bar necklace!

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  51. lolcatgirl says:

    Kendi, I so agree with you about the no diaper butt! Loft has "relaxed skinny jeans". I still had to size down a size.

    02.10.15 · Reply
  52. Yes! Affordable and super cute jeans! Love it! And love those rockin pink heels, girl. You're wearing this whole V-Day week well! πŸ™‚

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  53. kellymcd says:

    I just went through the same denim dilemma! Boyfriend jeans aren't really possible for my small, 5 foot nothin' frame, but I'm bored with constantly wearing skinnies. I scored big time with a pair of petite fit boyfriend skinnies from LOFT ( on sale, no less!) and a pair of Gap denim's real straight. Those will need a hemming since a 34" inseam isn't the best for me, but I'm happy to have some non-skinny denim! Glad to see I'm not the only one craving some change πŸ™‚

    02.10.15 · Reply
  54. They look GREAT on you. I need new jeans. Trying to decide which brand is the best. Any suggestions?

    Christina
    http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  55. How do you make everything look so good??? Definitely checking out your suggestions πŸ™‚

    02.10.15 · Reply
  56. Mica says:

    Love how you’ve accessorised this look with the pink heels! πŸ™‚

    It;s nice you’ve found the perfect jeans that were exactly what you were looking for πŸ™‚ Jeans can be so hard to find sometimes!

    Away From The Blue

    02.10.15 · Reply
  57. Amber Rathvon says:

    The color of these jeans is perfect – not too light, not too dark. Love them!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    02.10.15 · Reply
  58. I want those jeans!!

    http://www.studentswife.com

    02.10.15 · Reply
  59. I think relaxed skinny! love the accent of pink that you put into this outfit. very cute and feminine!
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

    02.11.15 · Reply
  60. Diana says:

    Super cute outfit, love your shoes!!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  61. Those pumps are so dreamy and feminine!
    Red Reticule
    Red Reticule Collection
    Red Reticule | YouTube

    02.11.15 · Reply
  62. What a lovely outfit, I love especially the shoes as a pop of color!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  63. Simona says:

    It’s mine favorite type of jeans, love the relaxed feel of it. Cute sweatshirt!
    Simona
    Lake&Moon

    02.11.15 · Reply
  64. i need pink pumps in my life and i love how you paired them with a casual outfit!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  65. Megan says:

    very nice outfit, nice heels
    http://meganlike.blogspot.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  66. Heidi D. says:

    Those pink pumps are perfection and I love your simple bar necklace!

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  67. Mica says:

    Love how you've accessorised this look with the pink heels! πŸ™‚

    It;s nice you've found the perfect jeans that were exactly what you were looking for πŸ™‚ Jeans can be so hard to find sometimes!

    Away From The Blue

    02.11.15 · Reply
  68. lavieenliz says:

    good jeans — great pumps.

    http://hashtagliz.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  69. Amber Rathvon says:

    The color of these jeans is perfect – not too light, not too dark. Love them!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

    02.11.15 · Reply
  70. I want those jeans!!

    http://www.studentswife.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
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  72. LOVE These pink heels. And pink and navy is one of my favorite combos. Love this look!

    xo Jessica

    http://www.mystylevita.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  73. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    what a great casual, yet chic, look!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  74. 02.11.15 · Reply
  75. What a lovely outfit, I love especially the shoes as a pop of color!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  76. Simona says:

    It's mine favorite type of jeans, love the relaxed feel of it. Cute sweatshirt!
    Simona
    Lake&Moon

    02.11.15 · Reply
  77. In love with the shoes!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  78. CelebratingthisLife says:

    Finding a well fitting pair of jeans is such a chore, I always rely on feedback from friends/bloggers. Will be checking these ones out! xx http://www.celebratingthislife.ca

    02.11.15 · Reply
  79. Hobbylobbyist says:

    Friends with benefits jeans? It’s complicated jeans?

    02.11.15 · Reply
  80. macrain says:

    These jeans have been haunting me since yesterday- they are so cute and so flattering. Finally I was just like FINE I’LL GET THEM. I consider them a cure for my winter blues.

    02.11.15 · Reply
  81. ser says:

    I have a pair of ‘Slim Boyjean’ cut from Madewell, very flattering and comfy. Straight leg pants always cuff well… because they are straight! ; )

    02.11.15 · Reply
  82. Aww I love Kut from the Kloth. live in mine. thanks for reminding me I need a black pair

    02.11.15 · Reply
  83. LOVE These pink heels. And pink and navy is one of my favorite combos. Love this look!

    xo Jessica

    http://www.mystylevita.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  84. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    what a great casual, yet chic, look!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    02.11.15 · Reply
  85. 02.11.15 · Reply
  86. Carmen says:

    Super cute!! Love the pop of pink!!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  87. Erica says:

    love it! Check out our Valentine’s Day inspired outfits here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTYEipaDPn4

    02.11.15 · Reply
  88. In love with the shoes!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  89. CelebratingthisLife says:

    Finding a well fitting pair of jeans is such a chore, I always rely on feedback from friends/bloggers. Will be checking these ones out! xx http://www.celebratingthislife.ca

    02.11.15 · Reply
  90. Hobbylobbyist says:

    Friends with benefits jeans? It's complicated jeans?

    02.11.15 · Reply
  91. macrain says:

    These jeans have been haunting me since yesterday- they are so cute and so flattering. Finally I was just like FINE I'LL GET THEM. I consider them a cure for my winter blues.

    02.11.15 · Reply
  92. Chioma says:

    those are definitely some good jeans! I love the wash and fit πŸ™‚

    Chioma

    C’s Evolution of Style

    02.11.15 · Reply
  93. ser says:

    I have a pair of 'Slim Boyjean' cut from Madewell, very flattering and comfy. Straight leg pants always cuff well… because they are straight! ; )

    02.11.15 · Reply
  94. beautiful! love those jeans!

    ladies in navy

    02.11.15 · Reply
  95. Aww I love Kut from the Kloth. live in mine. thanks for reminding me I need a black pair

    02.11.15 · Reply
  96. Carmen says:

    Super cute!! Love the pop of pink!!

    02.11.15 · Reply
  97. Dana Mannarino says:

    This look is SO cool. Love it!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    02.11.15 · Reply
  98. Erica says:

    love it! Check out our Valentine's Day inspired outfits here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTYEipaDPn4

    02.11.15 · Reply
  99. Chioma says:

    those are definitely some good jeans! I love the wash and fit πŸ™‚

    Chioma

    C's Evolution of Style

    02.11.15 · Reply
  100. Savina Boutsy says:

    I’m always looking for a great pair of denim! Thank you! This outfit is so cute and casual I love it πŸ™‚

    http://www.madewithlovesml.blogspot.com

    02.12.15 · Reply
  101. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    beautiful! love those jeans!

    ladies in navy

    02.12.15 · Reply
  102. Dana Mannarino says:

    This look is SO cool. Love it!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    02.12.15 · Reply
  103. Savina Boutsy says:

    I'm always looking for a great pair of denim! Thank you! This outfit is so cute and casual I love it πŸ™‚

    http://www.madewithlovesml.blogspot.com

    02.12.15 · Reply
  104. in the words of Chandler Bing – could you BE any more adorable? I am obsessed with this look!!

    02.12.15 · Reply
  105. Cute casual look!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

    02.12.15 · Reply
  106. in the words of Chandler Bing – could you BE any more adorable? I am obsessed with this look!!

    02.12.15 · Reply
  107. Cute casual look!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

    02.12.15 · Reply
  108. Christina says:

    Kendi, these jeans look great on you! The cut is super flattering. These need to be in your rotation more often, for sure!

    02.13.15 · Reply
  109. Eva Best says:

    This look is gorgeous on you! x

    Eva // http://evasstudio.blogspot.co.uk/

    02.13.15 · Reply
  110. Christina says:

    Kendi, these jeans look great on you! The cut is super flattering. These need to be in your rotation more often, for sure!

    02.13.15 · Reply
  111. Eva Best says:

    This look is gorgeous on you! x

    Eva // http://evasstudio.blogspot.co.uk/

    02.13.15 · Reply
  112. Love these jeans! Added to my wishlist – thank you for sharing.

    http://www.by-stephanie.com

    02.16.15 · Reply
  113. Love these jeans! Added to my wishlist – thank you for sharing.

    http://www.by-stephanie.com

    02.17.15 · Reply
  114. Stacy says:

    Is the link the same wash that you bought? They look so different so wanted to double check.

    03.01.15 · Reply
  115. Stacy says:

    Is the link the same wash that you bought? They look so different so wanted to double check.

    03.02.15 · Reply