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Victoria Beckham's high-waisted 70s-style jeans are living in my mind rent free & we've found some amazing lookalikes

Victoria Beckham’s chic patch pocket flares are inspiring my spring wardrobe - here are my faves starting at under £40 ($40)

victoria beckham patch pocket flare jeans dupes
Karen Silas
Senior Lifestyle Editor
Updated: 4 April 2024
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Victoria Beckham created an instant meme as she issued her now iconic quip “My dad had a Rolls-Royce” during the Beckham Netflix series.

But as one of the trend-spotters on the HELLO! shopping team, my eyes were immediately drawn to something else: her super stylish patch-pocket wide leg jeans. I immediately decided I needed to go on a hunt for a similar look to the former Spice Girl's 1970s-style Victoria Beckham 'Alina' flares (£390 / $550).

Victoria Beckham at their home in Cotswolds© Netflix
Victoria Beckham looked so chic in VB patch pocket flares during the Netflix documentary shot at their home in Cotswolds

Styled with a simple tee and leather belt, the jeans not only made Victoria’s meme-able moment even more memorable and with my picks it's possible to recreate the look for less.

  • THE ORIGINAL: Victoria Beckham 'Alina' High Waisted Jean SQUIRREL_TEXT_13043694


  • River Island Blue High Waisted Cropped Wide Jean SQUIRREL_TEXT_13043656
  • M&S COLLECTION Patch Pocket Flare High Waisted Jeans SQUIRREL_TEXT_13043652
  • Amazon Wide Leg Cropped Patch Pocket Jeans SQUIRREL_TEXT_ 13047326
  • & Other Stories Flared Jeans SQUIRREL_TEXT_13047321
  • Reformation 'Janae' Ultra High Rise Wide Leg Jeans View offer
  • Zara Marine Straight Fit High-Waist Pocket Jeans View offer

While skinny jeans have come and gone (and come back again) I’ve always kept a pair of retro style wide legs in my wardrobe, because I’ve realized over time that they’re a true classic that not only streamlines my figure but also stands the test of time.  A good pair has a sleek, leg lengthening silhouette - I’m steering clear of boot cuts in favor of the more sophisticated wide leg - that looks just as great on a petite body type (Google tells me Victoria is 5’4”) as it does on us taller women.

victoria beckham 70s style patch pocket wide leg dupe at river island© Hollie Brotherton
Team HELLO! shopping expert Hollie Brotherton tried on River Island's nearly sold-out dupe of Victoria Beckham's wide leg patch pocket jeans

The style can be dressed up or down - this style of jeans goes well with everything from a silk blouse and heels to a t-shirt and boots or sandals - making it the perfect all-round wardrobe staple, and one that’s trending for 2024. 

Wear them with an on-trend denim shirt for your Beyoncé-inspired cowgirl era, or channel Victoria Beckham herself with an official VB "My dad had a Rolls-Royce" designer t-shirt (£110 / $150).  

For the ultimate 'French Girl' look, team patch pocket flares with a Breton top from this list of our favourites - it's a fail-safe combo.

If you fell in love with the VB jeans that the designer wore for her now-famous TV appearance, you still can shop them in sizes 28-32. But if £400 is a bit too much of your clothing budget, or maybe you’re someone who just doesn’t believe in spending a lot on jeans, I have some cheaper alternatives for you that you’ll definitely want to take note of.

I searched everywhere for similar, less expensive looks, taking into consideration the details of the Alina - the *chef’s kiss* denim for 2024 that is absolutely perfect IMHO.

How I chose the best VB-inspired patch pocket flare jeans

  • Similarity to the real thing: I searched high and low for lookalikes that emulate the most chic details of Victoria Beckham's 1970s-style jeans, like the high waist, front patch pockets, wide flared leg and topstitched hems.
  • Price: If you've read this far, you're probably more likely to buy a less-expensive lookalike than Victoria's luxury designer look, so the jeans I've included at are at a lower price point, starting from under £40 ($40).
  • Verified reviews and ratings: If we haven't tried the jeans ourselves, we've scoured the verified reviews - I've only included jeans that shoppers rate highly.
  • Trusted retailers: I've focused on brands and retailers that our research shows that HELLO! readers trust and love to shop.

So keep scrolling for an edit of my faves to shop now from Marks & Spencer, & Other Stories, Zara and even Amazon...


Victoria Beckham Alina High Waisted Jean
Victoria Beckham Alina High Waisted Jean

Editor's Note

“The original best seller: Team it with the ‘My dad had a Rolls-Royce t-shirt’ to channel your inner Posh.”

Made from compact twill denim in 100% cotton and in a vintage look blue-grey shadow wash, Victoria Beckham’s jeans feature front and back pocket detail and of course the signature VB embroidery.


M&S COLLECTION Patch Pocket Flare High Waisted Jeans
M&S COLLECTION Patch Pocket Flare High Waisted Jeans

Editor's note

“These are selling so fast I can’t keep up - so grab yours while you can! Or, you can also opt for a darker wash which has more in stock, or black pair, which is still available in nearly all sizes.”

Victoria’s jeans are 100% cotton, while the M&S denim has 1% elastane added for a bit of soft stretch. Shoppers are describing this look as ‘comfortable’ and ‘flattering’.


Reformation Janae Ultra High Rise Wide Leg Jeans
M&S COLLECTION Patch Pocket Flare High Waisted Jeans

Editor's note

“The It-girl brand loved by Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Hailey Bieber has come out with a great VB-worthy pair of jeans - the topstitching is so chic, and so similar to the Victoria Beckham look, from belt loops to hem.”

Crafted in sustainable style from 64% Organic Cotton, 35% Tencel/Lyocell and 1% EcoLycra. Wash cold + line dry, Reformation’s wide leg jeans feature an ultra high rise, and square front and back pockets.


River Island Blue High Waisted Crop Wide Fit Jeans
River Island Blue High Waisted Crop Wide Fit Jeans

Editor's note

HELLO! Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer Hollie Brotherton tried on the viral full-length patch pocket jeans and while they've nearly sold out, this cropped version is a fabulous alternative for summer. "I’d keep it simple and style them with a white T-shirt and pointed-toe heels for an outfit that’s chic and understated," she says.

These popular high waisted jeans feature a cropped flared fit in 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane comfort stretch denim, designed to become more comfortable the more you wear them.


& Other Stories Flared Jean
& Other Stories Flared Jean

Editor's note

“These are such a good lookalike for the VB jeans - they have front and back patch pockets and a similar cool, stitched hem - but for about a quarter of the price.”

Designed in Paris, this & Other Stories look is so chic with a high waist and stylish flare and duo patch pockets placed at both the front and back. They’re made from 99% cotton and 1% elastane.


Amazon Luvamia Wide Leg Cropped Patch Pocket Jeans
Amazon Luvamia Wide Leg Cropped Patch Pocket Jeans

Editor's note

“If you want a cropped look for summer, Amazon has a high-rated pair that’s just the length to show off your sandals - and they’re Amazon US’s  #1 new release in Women’s Jeans.”

Amazon's Y2K inspired cropped patch pocket jeans are made from a cotton blend - 71% cotton, 27.5% polyester and 1.5% elastane - and feature an ankle-baring 26” inseam.


Zara Marine Straight Fit High-Waist Pocket Jeans
Zara Marine Straight Fit High-Waist Pocket Jeans

Editor's note

"Zara's much searched-for Patch Pocket Marine jeans are for you if you like a darker wash and a more relaxed feel - while it has VB-like contrast topstitching on the front pockets the hems are frayed for a casual vibe. One warning: these jeans run small!"

From the ZW Zara Woman range, these high-waisted jeans are slim fit with a relaxed leg and seamless hems for a more relaxed silhouette. The look, which is 82% cotton, 17% polyester and 1% elastane, features belt loops and contrast topstitching, along with front and back patch pockets.

WATCH: Victoria Beckham's legs go on for miles in fitted flares

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