It’s hard to remember a time when skinny was not the standard fit for jeans. As reluctant as I was to try the trend in the late 2000’s, my skinny jeans have become a staple in my wardrobe, along with the basic white button-down and the pointy toe pump. I wish I could say that I belong to the group of trend setters who are bored out of their minds with this fit, but truth be told, I still really like it. Nothing makes me feel sexier than roaming the city in a pair of skintight dark wash jeans and a leather jacket.
But as much as I love my skinnies, the denim trends of the last few seasons have made a compelling case for getting out of this style rut. Street style icons everywhere have been strutting their stuff in vintage fits, frayed hems and embroidered pieces, breathing new life into this timeless fabric. The options are truly limitless!
High-waisted styles flatter so many body types, that the fit has completely infiltrated our social media feeds. Seriously, who doesn’t want an instant butt lift? They look equally great with cropped tops, tucked-in shirts or longline cardigans, and create legs for days.
Embroidery, Embroidery Everywhere!
This season embroidery has taken over our lives, and I couldn’t be happier! With flowers, vines, stars and birds popping up on every garment, it’s no wonder that jeans got a feminine update too. Pair them with a chunky sweater for a casual look, or dress them up with an oversized blazer and strappy heels.
Imitating regular length garments on supermodels, baby-bell or kick boot jeans are usually cropped, and flare out less than full length bell bottoms. They look great with a frayed hem or other forms of distressing. While this style works best on the tall and the skinny, with the right pair of heels and a dark wash everyone can jump on the kick-boot bandwagon.
Those of us old enough to remember a pre-skinny jeans era are all too familiar with frayed hemlines, when wearing shoes that were just a tad too low could easily ruin your favorite pair of jeans. This season no fretting over perfect hemming is necessary, because undone, raw, torn and distressed hemlines are in. This trend is slightly rebellious, and just so darn effortlessly cool on!
Cropped Wide Leg
I’ve always been a huge fan of wide leg jeans and trousers. Usually high-waisted and fitted through the hips, they elongate the body and emphasize a tiny midriff. This season’s cropped silhouette adds a playful touch to a classic cut, and with the right pair of heels even the most petite of us can pull it off.
With the multitude of craft-inspired denim trends popping up right and left, DIY fashionistas must be through the roof, and patchwork jeans are no exception. But whether you create or buy your pair, this trend is bound to turn heads. Choose a subtle two-toned version for a more understated look, or go for a total takeover of strategically placed shades of blue for a bold statement.
Borrowed from Mom’s Closet
While I’m just as excited about new trends and fresh takes on classics as the next gal, I don’t see myself rocking vintage fit jeans any time soon. Growing up on mom jeans, the horror of stiff, bulky fabrics and “unisex” cuts is still all too fresh in my memory. But kudos to those of you ladies out there cool enough to pull this trend off. Maybe you’ll inspire me to give it a go one day.
Which trends are you excited to try?