These jeans look straight outta the 90s and I’m obsessed!

essellesse talks the best 90s style jeans! || Express High Waisted Chain Original Straight Ankle Jeans

As far as the denim game goes, no decade beats the 90s!

From the thick denim, to the destruction, & relaxed fit… let me just say, I’m obsessed.

Basically, my go to look is a pair of 90s style jeans and a silky button down or mockneck sweater. I find it’s polished yet casual. Luxe yet lazy. I think it’s a flattering look on everyone too & looks like you spent hours getting ready when in reality it took 5 minutes. My kinda vibe FOR SURE.

The second I saw these from Express, I knew I had to have them. The destruction on these are amazing but I’m really digging the raw waist hem. It’s super cute with basics like a black mockneck or grey sweater.

essellesse talks the best 90s style jeans!| || High Waisted Chain Original Straight Ankle Jeans

The denim has no stretch {which I prefer}, & it has a button fly to add to it. BUT to make it even better, it comes with a chain belt which totally just adds to the look, you know?

With jeans like this, I love to add some contrast. They are already so edgy on their own, that I like to add a feminine touch. Whether it’s a low cut blouse, a slinky lacy cami, or a fitted turtleneck. They are super cute with heels.

essellesse talks the best 90s style jeans! || Express High Waisted Chain Original Straight Ankle Jeans

I love that the ankle hem is destructed too so it just looks killer with the right pair of heels. I’m currently loving these – they have the retro vibe but trust me, they are SO COMFORTABLE to walk in!

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One thing to note about these jeans, is that they run HUGE. I’m talking about 2 sizes too big. I sized down and it’s still loose on me but to be honest, I prefer the baggier look & I’m working on shrinking them in the wash.

I also rounded up some of my fav 90s inspired jeans that I’m totally digging:

essellesse talks the best 90s style jeans!

{ ONE }: AGOLDE 90’s Loose fit in Reunion: I feel like these are the jeans all the cool edgy girls wore in the 90s movies. Super nostalgic fit & wash – would be cute with a chelsea boot & boyfriend blazer.

{ TWO }: One Teaspoon Westenders: These jeans are like modern day JNCOs and I’m all about them. They are extremely wide-legged & super flattering. Low rise & sits right on the hips to really add to that 90s/y2k vibe. I love it with a baby tee! Check me out in them here! Also search these for some deals on Poshmark & others 😉

{ THREE }: Reformation Perri Jean: When I was in high school, I’d always slit my jeans. I really dug the extra flare & it was fun to show off your shoes. Really fun to see this style back and these are on my radar in a major way from one of my all time fave brands.

{ FOUR }: Dickies Women’s Heritage Collection Denim Carpenter Pant: omg carpenter jeans were my JAM. I like that these have an updated skinny fit but tbh I have a sneaking suspicion they will be THE next big jean trend this fall & winter. what do you think?

{ FIVE }: Urban Renewal by Urban Outfitters: I saw these jeans on one of my favourite local SF bloggers @chasingkendall & now I have to have them. I dig how baggy they are too. Cropped jeans are so flattering on too & make your legs look endless!

Are you digging the 90s as much as I am? What were some of your fav jeans styles of decades past? It sure shows that fashion remains timeless!

Though I linked to some present-day retailers, I really recc getting on Depop & searching for jeans. You’ll find things legit from the decade and even retailers that are gone but not forgotten like William Rast {MY FAVVVV} & True Religion…which is about to have a HUGE comeback btw. Follow me on Depop here!

essellesse talks the best 90s style jeans! || Express High Waisted Chain Original Straight Ankle Jeans

Speaking of nostalgic 90’s, I’ve been a bit nostalgic for my early days of blogging SO I’m taking it back to 2015. Check back here everyday for a new post & honestly, I’m stoked for it. Hope you enjoy too!

Ok see ya tomorrow!



The 90s are calling so pick up the phone!


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