How to style balloon jeans four ways

While Gen Z may have declared the skinny jean extinct, the expiration of pin-thin denim has made way for a new era of game-changing cuts, shapes, and styles. The latest trend to dominate celebrities’ wardrobes is big, baggy denim. Enter: the balloon jean.
Stylish celebs like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber have stepped out in roomy, wide-legged denim jeans, showing us that these jeans aren’t short of chic styling opportunities. From the workplace to a night out, and everything in-between, we’ve curated four ways to style balloon jeans. You’ll find all of these trending pieces, and more, at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.  

Baggy brunchin’: style ivory jeans with neutral pieces for an effortless look


Who doesn’t love debriefing with their girlfriends over coffee and some freshly smashed avo on toast? In the age of Instagram, what we wear to brunch (along with the food we order) is almost always documented. So, why not show up to your next brunch looking cute and feeling comfortable in a pair of ivory balloon jeans – guaranteed to cover up the post-brunch food baby!   
The statement-making shape of balloon jeans mean they work effortlessly with neutral pieces, like a simple crop top. Mixing in other eye-catching pieces, like a printed belt, bug-eyed sunglasses, and chunky gold earrings will elevate the look. And as always, a chunky sandal paired with baggy jeans is a match made in brunch heaven.   

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Country Road Imogen Slide $129
David Jones Chloé Woody Large Tote Bag $1,530
David Jones Coach Sculpted Signature Reversible Belt $225
H&M Sweetheart Neck Cropped Top $24.99
H&M Wide High Ankle Jean $34.99
Oroton Evie Earring $120
Sunglass Hut Celine CL000312 Sunglasses $660

Corporate casj: pair baggy jeans with feminine pieces to ‘szhush’ up your 9-5 look 


Say farewell to shifting uncomfortably at your work desk in tight, skinny jeans for eight hours. Anyone who has worked in an office can attest that a fitted blazer is all you need to transform a low-effort outfit into a polished and classy one. Style a pair of balloon jeans with feminine staples, such as a black blazer and trendy heels to achieve a refined, corporate casual look.  
Contrast the all-black blazer with a long sleeve bodysuit to show a pop of texture inside. Gold accessories are perfect for adding some luxe to your 9-5 look, like a minimalistic watch and leather bag with a gold chFeeain.
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David Jones Fendi RNWY 36MM Watch $1,750
David Jones Saint Laurent Sunset Chain Monogram Wallet $2,810
Decjuba Carly Blazer 2.0 $169.95
H&M Mom High Ankle Jean $29.99
Mimco Buoy Stud Earring $49.95
Sass & Bide After Five Semi-Fitted Bodysuit $390
Tony Bianco Lazer Clear Vinylite Heel $199.95

Own the night with this last-minute evening look


Whether you’re heading out to laidback drinks with friends, or a last-minute date night with your S.O, a pair of black denim balloon jeans can complete your outfit in an instant. A no-fail rule of thumb is to style them with a twisted top, which will have you looking cinched at the waist.
As for accessories, nothing says a night out on the town like a pair of sleek, heeled boots. Tie everything together with bold items that match in colour and add a statement to your look, such as a luxe Gucci watch from David Jones, crystal-like earrings, and a textured, short strap shoulder bag that’s reminiscent of the 90s. You’ll also be needing your favourite lipstick to top up after a few sips of that margarita! 
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Glassons Campaign Image
David Jones Gucci G-Frame 21X34MM Watch $2,015
H&M Mom Loose-fit High Jean $39.99
Myer MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick $30
Myer Nakedvice The Davis Burgundy Short Strap Bag $169.95
Nine West Cacey Boot $279.95
Sheike Twister Knot Top $89.95
Zimmermann Crystal Drop Earring $350

Pair a statement sneaker with loose jeans for the ultimate street style look


Nothing truly epitomises street fashion like baggy jeans. So, what better way to indulge in the trend than by styling them with a fresh pair of kicks in a fun colourway. We can’t get enough of the Jordan Air 1s from JD Sport. But take note – these in-demand sneakers sell out faster than any other brand! Style tip: opt for a high-top sneaker and cuff your jeans so you can really show them off.
With your bottom half looking more colourful, keep the top half simple with a neutral-coloured Skims bodysuit, now available exclusively at David Jones. These bodysuits are perfect for layering, so when you’re feeling chilly, simply throw on a slightly baggy sweater – this paired with the balloon jean and sneaker creates the ultimate 90s-inspired look.
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David Jones Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag $675
David Jones Skims Everybody Fits High Neck Bodysuit $109
H&M Balloon Fit Ankle Jean $39.99
JD Sports Jordan Aj 1 Mid Sneaker $160
Myer Le Specs Hidden Treasure Cat Eye Sunglasses $79
Seed Heritage Classic Hoop $19.95
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Jeans Repeat Logo Tape Cropped Sweatshirt $149
Ready to ease out of your regular rotation of sweatpants? Nail the balloon jean trend with the help of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. And if you’re on the hunt for accessories, find out how to incorporate them to make any outfit look on-trend.