This season has seen a divisive denim trend climb the ranks. With a sinuous silhouette that no other denim style can compete with, it seems designers can’t resist balloon jeans right now, and influencers are backing them too. Unlike wide-leg jeans, balloon jeans drape down the leg, expanding at the knee before tapering in towards the ankle. More playful than a straight-leg or skinny style, the trending leg shape adds a high-fashion edge to any denim look.
The unusual silhouette has already been adopted by some of our favourite designers. French house Alaïa has created a dramatic pair that billow out at the knee before narrowing at the ankle, whilst denim aficionado Frame has also constructed a long-length pair in a light-blue wash. On the high street, COS has experimented with the style in a variety of washes. This influx of market and social-media presence is likely why, this week, searches for balloon jeans have been spiking on Google.
Loved by some for its innovative and playful design, but rejected by others for its unconventional nature, the voluminous jeans have become a talking point within fashion circles. With a fluid yet voluminous silhouette, these jeans lend themselves to styling with slim-fitting tops, T-shirts or strapless styles, but can also look cool and cosy when worn with a roomy knit.
To shop the elevated denim trend that fashion people are backing this season, read on to discover our edit of the best balloon jeans to buy now.
In a dark wash, these ballon jeans would pair so well with a white or red top.
Wear with retro trainers or style with black Mary Janes.
These also come in nine other colours.
With a low-rise cut, these baggy jeans look effortlessly cool.
The slightly cropped finish pairs so well with flats or kitten heels.
These dramatic jeans are the easiest way to shake up your denim collection.
These also come in black, cream and dark blue.
A great denim item only gets better with age.
Light-wash jeans pair so well with soft, creamy shades.
Dress these up with an oversized blazer or style with a chunky knit.
These sleek black jeans look so sharp with heels.
Style with ballet flats or wear with a low kitten heel.