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Boyfriend jeans: dENiZEN from the Levis brand at Target


Boyfriend jeans are the perfect spring pant. You can dress them up, dress them down and they remain on-trend with the spring 2014 styles. Finding a pair that fits you well is key, as the perfect boyfriend is an easy fit that remains close to your body… often a fine line to balance.

Boyfriend jeans are great on all body types

I love how a cuffed boyfriend jean is a great figure equalizer. Whereas gazelle model types can rock a skinny jean admittedly better than a regular gal such as myself, any lady can look bodacious in a boyfriend jean. The most important fit factor is a boyfriend that fits you sleekly in the hips and booty, and provides an easy leg without leaving your calves and thighs swimming in denim.

Affordable and chic

While I had previously subscribed to the idea that expensive jeans are a necessary evil to get a good fit, I was pleased to discover a new, affordable boyfriend jean that completely rocks! dENiZEN from the Levi’s brandavailable at Target, makes a beautiful boyfriend jean — the dENiZEN Straight Leg Crop — that is priced for a mere $27.99.

I found that dENiZEN jeans (available in sizes 2-18) naturally run a bit big, so you do not need to size up to get that slouchy-but-not-sloppy look. The dENiZEN Straight Leg Crop gave great fit with a mid-rise, fitted seat, and lots of stretch for relaxed but polished legs.

I styled my pair of dENiZEN jeans two different “outfit of the day #ootd” ways to show you how a size 10, 5’7, mom of three can wear these jeans in real life. With a mixture of high and low, dressy and casual pieces, these jeans work well for both work and play.

Business casual boyfriend jeans
Target Merona black/white striped blazer ~ Ralph Lauren Blue Label Super Slim-Fit button downdENiZEN from the Levis brand Modern Straight Crop jean, Tribute wash ~ Gap braided belt  ~ Ferragamo brown/cream pumps ~ Tiffany & Co. Twist earrings ~ TopShop ring

This is how I would wear the boyfriend jeans for a business casual meeting or professional daytime event this spring. The key elements for dressing up your boyfriend jeans are a sleek, heeled shoe and keeping all the other items in your outfit more formal than the jeans themselves. I am long-waisted, so I like to tuck in my shirt and belt the jeans to give the illusion of a longer leg.

Everyday errands boyfriend jeans


Peter Pilotto for Target cardigan ~ dENiZEN from the Levis brand Modern Straight Crop jean, Tribute wash ~ Gap essential rib tank ~ Fossil stitched jean belt ~ Macy’s Heart of Haiti black/white horn bracelet ~ Stunner of the Month sunnies ~ Charles by Charles David wedges

As a freelance writer, admittedly I have more opportunities to wear my boyfriends in a relaxed fashion. This is how I would style them for meeting friends, volunteering at my kids’ school or dashing around town. To keep the look less overtly soccer mom, I still think you need a bit of a heel for your shoe when wearing a boyfriend jean. Although TOMS, canvas sneaks or flat sandals look great with other spring pants, a heel really balances the slouch of the boyfriend for a more flattering line. I am a fan of a wedge-heeled sandal for comfort and cuteness.

But enough about me: How would YOU style these dENiZEN boyfriend jeans?

Thanks to dENiZEN by the Levi’s brand for Target for providing the writer with a pair of jeans for review. 

Meet the Author | Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden (@JessicaMcFadd) is a mom-blogging, freelance-writing, bass-cranking-in-the-minivan mother of three. She writes the award-winning local website A Parent in Silver Spring for parents in the DC area, as well as the lifestyle blog A Parent in America. Jessica has been called a mom blog must-read and featured in media such as CNN and Forbes. Her blog is also a top resource for Washington, DC area parents. Jessica has contributed to The Washington Post, Nickelodeon, TLC and elsewhere. She is also a prolific vlogger at her YouTube channel and also hosts Real Life Style with Jessica McFadden on MomTV. But her favorite gig is being a mom to Charlie, Eve and Alice.

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  • April 24, 2014

    I love both looks, but I think the boyfriend jeans with the blazer is my favorite!

  • Franki
    April 24, 2014

    You look great! I love the jeans with the blazer as well. Boyfriend jeans are a favourite of mine!

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