Tuesday, March 6, 2012

On the Street……Full Leg Jeans, Paris

Trust me, French young ladies are still the ones to look to for the most aspirational new trends.  The newest thing I’ve seen in the streets here in Paris are straight, wide leg jeans.  Not flared or oversized jeans, but jeans with a wide leg hemmed right at the ankle and reasonably fitted at the waist. It seems simple, but in order to work the look just right the eye will have to adjust to this new proportion.


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  1. gab

    March 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Are you sure that’s not Des Moines?

  2. Ryan

    March 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Not a fan.

  3. CBC

    March 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    the 1st pic she is very beautiful…………..please mommy jeans….u can wear them….earl jean jacket…….nope

  4. Michael

    March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    beauty in the eye of the beholder…but not sure about this look

  5. PammieTaj

    March 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Remember carpenter pants? They can’t be far behind …

  6. Boxer's Adventures

    March 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Rockin’ this.
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  7. tingting

    March 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Hmmm it might be a grower but right now I’m not a fan

  8. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Tricky silhouette to work, but when done well it is beautiful!


  9. Blog mode de Laura

    March 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I love those jeans! The first photo is really great!


  10. jaygo

    March 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I think we need a 5 year break from jeans of any kind. In a crowded London tube carriage recently I noticed every single person was wearing jeans. So sad that none of us (me included) had put on some style to give the grey day a bit of a lift. Jeans have a way of calling out the other boring items in the wardrobe – I don’t see any flair in either of these ensembles, though the women themselves are beautiful.

  11. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    March 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    What an interesting look! I think I like it.

  12. Natasha Fatha

    March 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I support the move away from skinnies, but what are they doing to keep it from looking schulmpy?

  13. Hermione

    March 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hmmm… mom-jeans.

  14. Tamera

    March 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Cute, but unflattering. They would be a disaster on a short girl like me!

  15. Bohemian Style

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I think the lengthy scarf makes the wide leg more current.

  16. Haruki

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I have been developing a feeling for a fuller jean in my own life. It is good to see the French women are also having that feeling. It is the beautiful way to wear a jean for now.

  17. Lorena Vilanova

    March 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I love the first picture. I like it for two reasons: the look of the model is beautiful and because those streets are part of Paris I enjoy most.

    Good job, Scott.


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  18. montes Y mills

    March 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I think they’re great! and comfortable!!!


  19. cassandra

    March 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    You mean the eye will have to adjust to the fact that they look like dowdy soccer mom jeans?

  20. Renae

    March 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    This is a look I really love but it can be hard to pull off without looking boxy, bulky and overly weighed down.

  21. Wayde

    March 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    What an incredibly relaxed look! Almost appears as though she may be wearing her boyfriends jeans. would look great with a more fitted top, maybe a tailored blazer…?

  22. Joelene

    March 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Comfortable jeans. What a concept. Sigh.

  23. style-xyz

    March 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    first look is so cute :)


  24. Lydia

    March 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I love the first girl. It helps to pull off this look, however, when you are gorgeous!!!

  25. Gaby Lang

    March 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I like the way the second woman wears it but not the first one. Great new trend, not very flattering though.

    Gaby Lang

  26. miteygirl

    March 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    maman de jeans!

  27. petite

    March 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    not really. only tall slender girls can make those jeans work.

  28. barbara

    March 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    cool! real jeans for real people. I think it’s very ok for a grown-up woman to look like a grown-up woman. love the first picture

  29. jk

    March 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This is nothing new, you could see any middle-aged woman in the Midwest dressed like this. I don’t mean that as a put-down, btw, I just find it funny to elevate it to a “French girl look.”

  30. Charlotte

    March 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Love the 1st pic, it’s amazing!


  31. Natalie

    March 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    My eye is still adjusting but I know that this style is so much more flattering the the skinny jean…


  32. Karina

    March 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I’m sure they’re comfortable, but flattering, no. They probably don’t make your butt look nice either (very important when it’s time to buy new jeans!). The girl in the first picture looks lovely, but this trend is not for me!


  33. Connie

    March 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm


  34. Emmy

    March 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I really love this look, and would wear it just because, as reading the comments above, it’s not a look that’s easy to love:)

  35. monkeyshines

    March 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    lovely looks!


  36. Urbanfashionartist

    March 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    She is Beautiful. Playing with diffrent tones of denim is cute. Although not many people can pull of that look unless they are model height :)
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  37. The Minx

    March 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I completely agree, French girls are simply the best at clueing everyone else in on what is new and chic. Loving the jeans!

  38. Peter

    March 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    first outfit is really great. i need to get some vans that color to wear with my blue jeans!

    Peter @ http://low–couture.blogspot.com

  39. Malaika Paul

    March 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    It only takes one taste-maker to wear these wide-leg jeans proportioned with a tailor jacket hemmed at the hip and Voila! Americans will follow the trend. Now you if you’re smart and stylish you will take note and brand the trend yourself. Thanks Scott for having great instincts!

  40. preppyperry

    March 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Really? I think if a non-fashion person saw the socks and sandals with the mom jeans – they would have to wonder if this was a joke. If a fashion person saw it – of course it becomes cool(as long as you live in a major metropolitan area that wouldn’t confuse this with typical clothing seen every day at the big box stores).

  41. [email protected]

    March 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Glad to see a silhouette other than skinnies.


  42. michelle

    March 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    It’s like a version of the boyfriend jean, except it’s not-rolled-up, no? I kind of like it, but these would probably look better on tall girls that are slim.

  43. Tana

    March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love gardening those jeans would be perfect for me!

  44. Amber

    March 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I agree that this CONCEPT of this jean is coming on strong… the execution of these? mezza mezza

  45. trace

    March 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Shoes . . .

  46. Dine

    March 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve been wearing jeans like this with a vintage blazer or shirt for the past 4 years! Far more flattering and unique than skinnies any day.

  47. sanmiguelense

    March 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Two years ago I was so tired of skinny jeans and found it impossible to find any cool jeans other than the original 501s—I went, in desperation—to the boys’ department of The Gap and at the recommendation of the fab manager I bought a pair of boys size 14 husky. They fit perfectly! Wide, short, good waist, etc. Once they started to fade, though, awful!
    I have retreated to the Levis 511!

  48. Alessandra Frega

    March 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I love this jeans style … with a tight sweater !!!!

  49. ethel

    March 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    mothers have been wearing this ever since the 80′s, it’s a no no for me…

  50. CBC

    March 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    i remember buying jean in Paris in the late 70′s and the shop girl laid me on a table and zipped me in and I am skinny…..shapeless jean I think not

  51. Name*

    March 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Mamma mia.

  52. Steph

    March 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love this! they look so comfortable!
    the denim shearling jacket in the top photo is so sweet!


  53. Suzanne Nelson

    March 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    No. No. No. I’m sorry Sart, my eye will never learn to adjust to this ‘new’ proportion… But as ever the information you source and display is always useful.

  54. anthonylukephotography

    March 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    mom jeans

  55. Olena

    March 7, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I just find it very inspiring

  56. Sarah

    March 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Oh lord! These are terrible. I would rather walk around naked than wear the outfit in the top picture. Where is her body, Where is her face for that matter? Pull your hair out of your eyes girl!!!

  57. Sarah

    March 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I also agree with jk above. I’m from a small town in Illinois (population less than 5000) and my mother has been wearing this cut since 1992.

  58. Sizz

    March 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Clothes should be flattering on the body of whoever is wearing them. Different fits bode well for different shapes, but you should never look heavier than you are, or out of proportion. These read like drop crotch pants for men to me. A fashion statement?…yes, but polished?…no. When a fashion moment outweighs personal style, you have a problem. Look at someone like Steve McQueen. Fashion trends like the size of ties, lapels, or patterns evolve, but he was true to himself and to the shape of his body. Your look should be individual and unique, but read well and look cool through every era. These jeans will not live up to that task.

  59. Stephanie

    March 7, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Love it and looks great!!!

  60. jenny

    March 7, 2012 at 1:46 am

    new? not at all. the moms of the midwest have been wearing these jeans since the 80′s.
    and i have to say, they are quite unflattering to the rump.

  61. Johnny

    March 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Love the Canadian Tux of the first girl!

  62. Linda

    March 7, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Too dumpy not thrilled with the look, could be just to ordinary & there’s no passion in this look.

  63. Giada's Carnival

    March 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I’m an Italian girl and I prefer skinny jeans! Comfortable and chic!



  64. Valeria

    March 7, 2012 at 3:42 am

    not for everyone..But i love it, the girl on first photo is sooo beautiful! Awesome girl


  65. cristina

    March 7, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Not flattering at all. If you’ve lived through the nasty 8Os once, you really don’t want to go back. I still remember the first day I tried on nicely fitted pants. It was…..Oh god, I have legs!, and a butt! Not going back there in this lifetime.

  66. Cornelius

    March 7, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Just one word: Hideous!

  67. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 7, 2012 at 4:36 am

  68. Dory

    March 7, 2012 at 4:45 am

    No, No, No – definately Mummy jeans circa 1985 !
    I’ll be giving this one a miss…

  69. Anna

    March 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I’m not even going to consider this trend, since I’m too short for this… it would be awful on me!


  70. Stylosophism

    March 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

    so simple, so good


  71. antique engagement rings

    March 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Love the denim look!

  72. maca

    March 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

  73. Aga's suitcase

    March 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Great casual look!


  74. madgiemadge

    March 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    They are fine if the top half is very fitted and the waist is high and tight and worn ankle length with ballet flats or similar.

  75. Sally

    March 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The second shot of the woman in the platforms is exactly the way I was thinking of styling this — I actually have a couple pairs of pants similar to this from my early teenage years when Ralph Lauren had just started Blue Label — at the time I called them my ‘farmer’ pants, preferring to wear them with Treetornes and floral cardigans.


  76. Debi

    March 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    All I see is the “mom jean” on very pretty women. I doubt I’ll be embracing this look.

  77. Kate

    March 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    What woman wants to look like this? It doesn’t matter if these become trendy, some trends – ahem, harem pants – we will all look back on and shudder.

  78. pforshort

    March 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

    HA HA the mid-western mother jean.

  79. karo

    March 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

    these jeans no… though I love all the blue going on

  80. emanuela

    March 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    So unattractive and unflattering.

  81. [email protected] handbags

    March 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    she got style with well dressing i like her both outfits with stole style…

  82. YQS

    March 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

    No. No. No. Is this a joke?

  83. lo

    March 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    yikes i dont like it :( i prefer to be out of fashion than to wear this

  84. carole

    March 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    These are not so cute, sorry.

  85. localceleb

    March 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t love…

  86. jen

    March 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    not sure I would be comfortable emulating conservative midwestern motherhood in these days of Santorum! Too me, it seems like a very political style. yuck.

  87. Rachel

    March 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I dare guess that if it had been worn by a 40 year old mom in the mid-west you would have had only bad things to say about it. In my world it is called ” jeans that are too big, to be worn only by very skinny and tall girls, and even on them it looks bad.”

  88. julent

    March 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    If you look from the thigh down to the ankle, it appears that these jeans are tapered which means they are not straight cut or wide leg jeans. They are squarely in the Mom Jeans category. While it’s possible that French girls could make this look trendy, I will not be jumping on that bandwagon.

  89. Sara

    March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Well, thanks for the heads up.
    However, as a 50-year-old soccer mom, I’m going to have to stay away from those until they’re inevitable!

  90. Thomas

    March 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah, no.- Before I even read the comments, I thought “Mom Jeans” nice and roomy and you don’t have to worry about getting the cuffs wet if it rains! Practical and stylish all rolled into one unflattering silhouette!

  91. Monsieur Marcel ( né Da Chump)

    March 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Spotted a woman on West 57th st this morning in full leg jeans…trends travel fast…she looked confidently stylish…and in comfort.

  92. Starr

    March 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    In this case the French young ladies have hit the midwest mom-jean 80′s boring “fashion” bullseye! We’ve probably all worn some unattractive trends at some point but hopefully have grown more wise (looking at old photos is always educational!). I prefer stylish, flattering, interesting over frumpy and unflattering any day. The girls are beautiful of course and the discussion interesting as always.

  93. une chatte grise

    March 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Full-legged jeans can look great, but I think that they need to be 1) long and 2) untapered to work. A nice straight & somewhat narrow drop through the hip helps too, though I guess that changes the genre a bit. (I still wear my old Gap Essentials on a regular basis… damn, I wish they still made that cut.) I know styles run through cycles and the young ‘uns may enjoy reviving or re-appropriating this particular look, but I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to see it as anything but “mom jeans.”
    @ Monsieur Marcel– :) !

  94. JeannieV

    March 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I think unless you are a model-type, this just won’t work. It barely works on a model-type! The second look is better than the first. Must be the accessories.

  95. Cindi

    March 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Omaha in the house! Those French girls are always trending off of us!

  96. Jules

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Those jeans are perfect, if you want to look 30 pounds heavier than you really are!

  97. Christine Scott

    March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    NO. This reminds me of the terrible mistakes I sometimes make when I am dressing and have PMT.

  98. Cece

    March 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    One word. Yuck.

  99. Judy

    March 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Have been wearing these Ralph Lauren jeans for at least 2 years, don’t see anything new about this look.

  100. Mimi Nizan

    March 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    the scarf from the 2nd picture is beautiful ^^

  101. Jane Alisa

    March 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What a wonderful nonchalant look


  102. a.m. cunningham

    March 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    sorry, these jeans are hideous- the proportions are just wrong. if you want a wide leg, make it a WIDE leg. never tapered at the ankle and long enough to break over the instep. rise and fit in the seat, hip and waist very important. jeans are not uncomfortable if you choose the right size and not 2 sizes too small! I agree with the comment @jaygo- went thrift store shopping and found some gorgeous men’s style trousers in charcoal tweed, camel pinstripe and blue-gray. can dress up, down, anyway you want. give the jeans a rest!

  103. Men

    March 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    We will not allow this.

  104. Name*

    March 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    words can’t describe how awful these jeans are. the first girl almost looks like she’s in disguise..
    both these women are beautiful (once you get past all the denim in the first pic). that scarf and the jacket in 2nd pic are sweet..

  105. Angeline

    March 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    No, I’m sorry. No.

  106. Finally a great look in jeans. MUCH better then above

    March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Finally! Something new and sensible! I am tired of skinny jeans, I am just as tired o jeans pulled down to the crotch! This looks simple and terrific.

  107. @Gab Nope. In Des Moines they wear low rise boyfriend jeans

    March 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This is great. And very flattering.

  108. izzy

    March 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    ehhh…. It works because they are young, beautiful, and French.

    For the rest of us – eh, not so much.

  109. Babamba

    March 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Perfect Blue

  110. Yolanda

    March 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Hideous is the only word that comes to mind.

  111. Yoli

    March 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm


  112. Kelly

    March 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I have been searching high and low for a pair of jeans like these. It has been about a year and I am having no luck. Any suggestions?

  113. eliza

    March 14, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I have a pair of men’s 501′s that look a bit like this. I had them tailored at the waist, so the fit is not quite “boyfriend”. The second picture inspired me to wear them today with a sports jacket, platform sandals, and a big scarf. Makes a nice change from the ubiquitous skinnies.

  114. Charis

    March 15, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The first pic looks nearly identical to outfits I wore in high school circa 1993. Jnco and Quiksilver wide leg jeans, lined denim jackets, lace-up Vans, long straight hair. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a tight floral tee hiding under there. That look is forever tied to awkward adolescence for me. I don’t think I can ever go back there.

  115. JamesXX

    March 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    The first girl is gorgeous.

    I always believe if your hair looks great, your face looks great, and everything else is manicured/groomed, one can wear a trash bag and crocs and be on someone’s best styled list.

    If you can rock it, you can rock it, and they rock it well.

  116. cindy

    March 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    It’s a little disappointing to see the majority of replies are negative, we should have a bit of an open mind, this isn’t fashion maybe it’s why so many responses are somehow “yuck” and “mom jeans”, forget it…I’ll just move to France.

  117. isabel

    March 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    About four years behind London girls…

  118. Juliana

    February 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    shoes in the second picture!! love

  119. PNGBella

    November 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I’m a Mum. These are not mum jeans, she has a certain geeky something, I’m thinking intellect and humour, both have been captured perfectly.

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