Now before you pipe in with, “why would I wear anything that resembles a ‘barrel’, I think I’ll stick with my ‘skinnies'”, indulge me.
Less restricting than the skinny jean, a Barrel jean is basically a twist on the straight leg jean, with a high waist, and wider cut cropped legs that are tapered at the ankle.
Jeans that are tapered at the ankle are flattering, especially when cropped. Wear this style with sneakers, booties, mules (my fave!), heels, clogs, loafers – for an updated look. The beauty of a high waist is nice, because it keeps everything “tucked in and in place”. The pair I’m wearing bellow by Zara from a few seasons ago – back when the style was not as popular. Intimidated by the fullness in the leg, I sized down for a less “full” fit. Today, I would order my regular size, to get the look I’ve added in the Pinterest Inspiration at the end of this post.
Like with any new silhouette, you will need to try on a few pairs (or more) to find a pair that is right for your body type. I’ve been wanting to update my denim collection for some time now, and I just ordered (THIS) pair by Veronica Beard. A bit more exaggerated in the leg, when she arrives, I will be sure to share my review.
Veronica Beard ‘Charlie’ Barrel Jean | $278.00 (PRESS HERE)
Currently, you’ll find a version of the barrel jean at every price, in a variety of washes, with most retailers offering some version of the style. Like any new jean silhouette, these may take some getting used to, so in the meantime, here’s a few pairs that caught my eye, in the event you are looking to give this style a try.
GAP | High Rise Distressed Barrel Jean | reg $79 | Now $47.50 (PRESS HERE)
Citizens ‘Calista’ Crop Barrel Jean | $228 | (PRESS HERE)
JCrew ‘Peggy Jean” | now 30% off with code ‘SALEONSALE’ | (PRESS HERE)
What to Wear with Barrel Jeans
Take advantage of the high waist silhouette by either tucking your top in, or by wearing something cropped or fitted on your upper half. Consider adding a belt – when’s the last time you tried that on for size?
- Go Parisian with a fitted stripe tee
- Crisp white blouse
- Crop jacket over a fitted t-shirt
- Fitted cashmere sweater
- Oversize cashmere sweater – 1/2 tucked
Style Inspiration via Pinterest
So whatcha think? Will you be giving this style a try? Drop me a line down below and weigh in, I’d love to hear. Have a great weekend friends!