Madewell just introduced an '80s-influenced style they've dubbed “Balloon Jeans” for their comfy shape...and we'll be calling them our couch jeans. High waisted, with a curved leg and cropped length, these are the next best thing to wearing sweats, and—bonus!—they look way more pulled together. The premium denim fabrication comes in a range of washes, and we're looking forward to wearing them with sweaters now, and come spring, rolling them up to pair with cute sandals and t-shirts. See our favorite pairs, along with styling suggestions, starting here.
Madewell's Newest Jean Launch Is Making a Solid Case For Replacing Your Sweatpants
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1. Balloon Jeans In Datewood Wash
Made from premium 100 percent cotton Cone denim in a faded blue wash, this pair looks well-worn but not overly distressed. These are going to look cute with a turtleneck sweater and an oversized blazer, as well as your chunky snow boots.
2. Balloon Jeans In Tile White
How, you may ask, does a pair of pants called "the balloon jeans" not make you look shapelessly round, like its namesake? The secret is the high waist (over 11 inches) and slim upper leg that gently tapers to a 14 3/4 leg opening. So you're not constricted, but you still have a sporty shape. In white denim, we're seeing these jeans worn with a Breton sweater and a knit cap.
3. Balloon Jeans: Garment Dyed Edition
We're calling it: This not-quite-pink, not-quite-beige garment-dyed hue is the new khaki. Pair these with a crisp white button-down shirt and loafers for an updated preppie ensemble. Or bring out the pink tones with a floral top and some summery wedge sandals.
4. Balloon Jeans In Hewes Wash
Super-faded, this wash is the color of your favorite chambray shirt, which would be a super-cute accompaniment with them, accented with a bright bandana and an armful of bracelets. We nominate these as your go-to pants of the late winter/early spring, even if you don't make it much farther afield than your couch.
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