Old Navy Balloon Black Ankle Jeans I Editor’s review

I know I know: This isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with old jeans. In fact, the retailer has become one of my go-to places to shop for denim over the past year or so. I’ve found a fashion-forward pair that I wear at least once a week, a pair that uses their so-called *magic size*, and now: Black High Waist Non-Stretch Jeans ($45), which I love so much I’ve worn two days in a row. Keep reading for all the reasons you *may* need it in your closet, too.

What I love about these jeans

Now, you know I’m a huge fan of Old Navy denim, so it’s probably no surprise that I scan the brand’s new arrivals section so frequently. When I came across these jeans (also known as barrel jeans), I gasped audibly. For those unfamiliar with the style, it features a high, fitted waist and a straight, loose leg that tapers at the ankle – and is usually cropped. They peaked in the ’80s, but now that bulky jeans are back, I guess you’ll see Many More of this silhouette.

As you can see in the photo above (if you look closely), it has frayed edges and frayed edges on the pockets to evoke a true classic feel. And it not only looks really cool, but it’s also comfortable. Since it’s baggy, I didn’t feel tight at all, and it wasn’t too hot to wear on a midwestern summer day. I teamed them with a basic white tank, platform sandals, and belt bag—and knew I’d be reinventing the look again in the (very near) future.

What is noteworthy

Since these jeans are brand new on the Old Navy website, they should still submit reviews. It’s important to keep in mind that these jeans are definitely on the baggy side, so if that’s not your thing, you might want to consider a different style. But if you’re totally on board, I think you’ll be happy with your purchase. After all, the price is right. A quick Google search yielded similar results for designs with much higher price tags. Although I can’t speak to the others, they all looked similar to the Old Navy version.

Who are the best of these jeans?

These jeans are best for anyone looking for a denim style that is equal parts timeless and fashionable, that you can wear all year round. If you are a fan of the simple basics, I think you will love them as much as I do.

Additional details

  • These jeans come in sizes 0-30.
  • It is made of 100% cotton.
  • It has scoop pockets in the front and pockets in the back.
  • Machine wash them in cold water and dry them on low heat to keep them in tip-top shape.


Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Marisa Petrarca

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