Goodbye crop: Everyone on Instagram is loving this new style of jeans

Cropped and ankle grazer jeans have had their moment. Now, it is all about the longer hem. A mix of awkward and scary, the Instagram fashion pack are in love. Here's why they're this season's It jeans and how to wear them

Jeans will forever be a staple in any wardrobe.

In the late nineties and early noughties, bootleg and low cut jeans were the pinnacle. Then, skinny jeans became the trend-du-jour, à la Kate Moss. If you weren't wearing a skinny jean with ballet pumps and a waistcoat, you weren't going anywhere in life (and wearing anything different made you some sort of denim pariah). Then jeggings came, and all we had to choose from was 'straight' or 'tight'.

Thankfully, times have changed and so have our jeans. From wide-leg to cropped to flared to straight, we have never been blessed with so much choice. But one style that seems to be taking over right now is the longer length hem; it's time to bring your jeans down a few inches.

Chicness personified

This longer hem style is the definition of cool. Some might look at it and think of nineties' rappers with Nike Air Max, but I see chicness personified. A classic wide-leg always accommodates a longer length and is a surefire way to nail the trend, but a straight leg works beautifully when stretched.

Those in the know on Instagram are already wearing the longer hem with attitude. Rosie Huntington Whitely – whose style is hitting new heights right now – wore a white, high-waisted pair, with on-trend strappy sandals and a white T-shirt.

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To avoid looking like a bad nineties' hip-hop revival star, the Instagram pack have been following in the footsteps of RHW, styling theirs with heels for elongation and dressy accessories for an outfit elevation.


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How to wear yours

  • Know your proportions. If the jean is a classic straight leg, you can succeed by wearing an oversized blazer. However, if the leg billows, a more streamlined silhouette is preferable. Cinch in the waist with a belt, or tuck in your shirt or T-shirt.
  • Be aware of height. On a shorter frame, a longer hem can cause problems and will immediately overwhelm your shape. Heels will automatically provide the illusion of length.
  • Size up. To nail this look, buy your jeans longer than you usually would. And the best thing is, if it doesn't suit you, all you have to do is make a trip to the tailors to get the hem shortened.
  • As always, jeans and a plain tee will always be a classic, but don't be afraid to try yours with a dressier option, such as a ruffled shirt or a Bardot-style top. Clutch bags are big news this season and there is a certain effortless attitude that comes with pairing one with these longer jeans.

Where to buy


Isabel Marant Étoile Corsyj high-rise tapered jeans, €210 at Net A Porter

Monki Yoko wide-leg jeans with organic cotton, €55.30 at Asos 

Straight fit jeans, €39.95 at Zara

ASOS Design Curve balloon boyfriend jeans, €44.24 at Asos 


Premium marine straight jeans, €39.95 at Zara

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