The Best Curve-Friendly Straight-Leg Denim To Live Out Your ’90s Fantasy

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There’s no denying that the ’90s denim trend (Think: high-waisted, straight-leg) is surging back with a vengeanceand, admittedly, I was holding my breath waiting patiently for it to pass. As a curvy girl, I continued wearing my beloved skinny jeans in peace, blissfully aware that Gen Z was shaking their heads in disapproval. But weeks turned into months, and my curiosity finally got the best of me. I had to know: Can curvy girls wear straight-leg jeans, too? 

The short answer is, of course we can. I couldn’t help but admire the cool-girl aesthetic that straight-leg jeans gave to every brave woman who wore them. The more I thought about it, I finally felt ready to take the plunge and play with pant proportions myself. 

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I’m a big believer in wearing what works best for your body type, but this daunting denim analysis got me thinking that maybe what I’ve grown accustomed to was in dire need of a refresh. After all, the idea of wearing a looser-cut denim bottom sounded inviting, especially after a year of wearing nothing but joggers, leggings and loungewear. 

Courtesy of Rachel Richardson.
Courtesy of Rachel Richardson.

After a ridiculous amount of research (i.e. trying on way too many pairs of jeans) I’m happy to share that some denim brands really did deliver and I now own several pairs of straight-leg pants that I feel confident in. But, I should also mention that there was a lot of trial and error to get to this point. 

It goes without saying that every brand is different and sizing can be a real buzzkill. Forget the stretchy forgiveness of your basic skinny jeans and mentally prepare yourself to sometimes size up (Levi’s, I’m looking at you!) to get the right look when it comes to rigid denim with a high waistband and a narrower cut for fuller hips and thighs. 

My biggest style tip? Pair your ’90s-inspired jeans with a more streamlined top (like a chic bodysuit) to enhance your curves, ensuring that your womanly figure doesn’t get lost in all of that denim down below. 

With that, read on for 10 curvy girl-approved straight-leg denim styles that live up to the hype.

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Courtesy of Universal Thread.
Courtesy of Universal Thread.

High-Rise Vintage Straight Jeans

If there’s any retailer that gets affordable curvy jeans right, it’s Target. This pair from Universal Thread has just the right amount of stretch and comes in a light and dark wash color shade. They’re available in sizes 00-26.



High-Rise Vintage Straight Jeans $29.99

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Courtesy of Laurie Felt.
Courtesy of Laurie Felt.

Daisy Denim Straight-Leg Jeans With Slit

If you’re just starting to explore non-skinny jeans options, you can ease your way into a wider cut. This pair of straight-leg jeans by Laurie Felt hit at the perfect ankle length to wear with any type of shoe (skinny jeans could never). Once you fall in love with this pair, you’ll want them in all three washes. Plus, if you’re petite, this pair is also available in shorter lengths in sizes 18-28.



Daisy Denim Straight-Leg Jeans With… $41.42

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Courtesy of DL1961.
Courtesy of DL1961.

Emilie High Rise Straight Leg Jeans

Luxury denim on sale? Say less. This pair of straight-leg jeans from DL1961 are perfect for fall and will pair well with any blouse or leather jacket in your closet.



Curvy ’90s Classic Straight Jean in… $146.30 (was $209)

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Courtesy of Frame.
Courtesy of Frame.

Le Original Jeans

One of the best ways to make a classic pair of jeans more playful is by opting for a little distressing. The ripped knees on this pair of Frame jeans make a subtle statement.



Le Original Jeans $275

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Courtesy of Everlane.
Courtesy of Everlane.

The Curvy Way-High Jean

I can confirm that this pair of high-waisted jeans from Everlane will make your outfit so polished because the fit is sleek and the material feels (and looks) expensive. Everlane went above and beyond with four washes and two inseam length options.



The Curvy Way-High Jean $98

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Courtesy of Banana Republic.
Courtesy of Banana Republic.

The Loose Jean

In case you missed it, Banana Republic is totally cool again—and so is this pair of baggy jeans! The wash of this pair gives them the perfect worn-in vintage look.



The Loose Jean $130

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Courtesy of Good American.
Courtesy of Good American.

Good Curve Straight Natural Fray Hem

Welcome to the Good American fan club! There has yet to be Good American product that hasn’t lived up to its hype and this pair of straight-leg jeans is included. The denim almost has a subtle ombre effect to really show off your curves.



Good Curve Straight Natural Fray Hem $155

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Courtesy of Hollister Co.
Courtesy of Hollister Co.

Medium Wash Vintage Ankle Straight Jeans

Ok hear me out, Hollister has incredible denim! This pair of soft straight-leg jeans are honestly so comfortable and won’t make you dread wearing denim to the office! They come in eight sizes and three different lengths. Sold.



Medium Wash Vintage Ankle Straight… $54.95

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Courtesy of Old Navy.
Courtesy of Old Navy.

Curvy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle Jeans

These jeans are almost too skinny to be considered straight-leg but they’re too good not to include. Available in sizes 00-30, this classic blue pair of jeans will be your go-to for everyday wear.



Curvy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle… $40

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Courtesy of J.Crew.
Courtesy of J.Crew.

Curvy ’90s Classic Straight Jean in Rinse Wash

If you’re into a darker wash, this pair of J.Crew jeans is for you! I love dark wash because it instantly elevates an outfit and makes it appear dressier.



Curvy ’90s Classic Straight Jean in… $138

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