The 20 Best Straight-Leg Jeans to Refresh Your Wardrobe With

A classic.

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A lot has been said about jeans recently, particularly with Gen Z holding strong on their strike against skinny jeans (and side parts). As for me, my closet is bursting at the seams with an undisclosed amount of denim. Each and every pair of jeans holds a special place in my heart, but there's just something about a straight-leg pair of jeans that hits different. Now that I'm transitioning out of wearing my work-from-home best, I've found that I've been gravitating towards pairs of jeans that I just know are going to work for me. 

The straight-leg silhouette is a comfortable classic, designed to sit high on your hips and drop straight down to the hem. Not only has this style stood the test of time and the coming and going of trends, but can also be worn any time of the year. Make this silhouette your summer go-to by complementing your jeans with a simple tank and sneakers or slip into a strappy heel and a bra-like crop top to beat the heat. Keep scrolling to shop my favorite washes, fits and brands.

Light Wash Straight-Leg Jeans

With the perfect amount of fading, the lighter washes have a well-loved, summertime feel. Find yourself a pair of light-wash straight-leg jeans that fits you like a glove and you'll find you can wear them with just about everything. 

True Blue Straight-Leg Jeans

Not quite light wash and not quite black, these true blue hues are the perfect middle ground option to keep on hand. A classic blue wash never goes out of style, so stock up. 

Detailed Straight-Leg Jeans

Not all jeans should look the same. Make room in your collection for options that feature distressing or a trendy design detail to show off your fashion know-how. 

Black Wash Straight-Leg Jeans

Everyone needs a pair of vintage-inspired black jeans. The perfectly faded wash give the denim a lived-in look like you've owned them for years.

White Straight-Leg Jeans

Grab yourself a pair of clean white denim just in time for summer. An ultra high-waist and cropped hem make for a laid-back look. Pair them with a simple cardigan and kitten heels for a sweet lunch-date option.

Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.