A good pair of denim is a staple in everyone’s wardrobe and every year brings new trends in denim styles.
So which one’s a hit or a miss, is something we’re going to help you with when it comes to denim styles.
The baggy jean, also sometimes referred to as the slouch, is a winner for two key reasons: it offers tons of room, and it’s perfect for pairing with fitted bodysuits to contrast the jeans’ loose, swingy movement. Whether you prefer a wide flare or something that tapers at the ankle, you’ll find a roomy fit that works for you ahead.
ACID WASH JEANS
The ’80s are having a major moment with acid-wash denim sets ruling the fall 2022 runways. The statement-making pants are even more head-turning in shades like turquoise and pink. But to embrace this trend in a more understated way, go for something lightly treated.
While the low-rise pant trend has returned — much to the dismay of most millennials — the new iteration offers more styling options than before. Rather than just crop tops, try a turtleneck or bodysuit to balance out the low-slung waist. And don’t think you have to stick to fitted styles; baggy low-rise jeans are just as chic.
Reworked denim is the product of eco-conscious brands using leftover pieces of material that would just be considered scraps otherwise. Instead of going to the trash, these pieces are incorporated into new designs in creative ways, whether it’s applying a raw-edge side panel to a pant leg or using excess fabric to taper the ankle. Reconstructed denim continues to get more inventive every season.
The side slit took hold a few seasons ago, but in 2022, the trend is becoming even more intricate. Look for details like zippers that add an extra flair. Unexpected placements, too, like at the front of the pant leg, can set the stage for a serious shoe moment.
Cargo jeans — aka carpenter pants — have come a long way. While these used to be strictly utilitarian, we’re now seeing cargos with heavy, oversize pockets or edgy mixed materials like nylon and leather. Pair your cargo jeans with chunky platform boots and a crop top for a quintessential ’90s ensemble.
One reason to love the trouser jean is that it cinches the waist, often with a built-in belt. This ’80s-inspired silhouette usually features pleating near the pockets and plays well with a tucked-in button-up shirt and a simple pair of flats.
HIGH-RISE BOOT CUT JEANS
The bootcut jean continues to be a beloved ’90s style for its undeniable versatility. Not only does this classic silhouette elongate the leg, but it’s also one of those rare pieces that can be dressed up or down without overthinking it. Toss on your favorite crewneck sweatshirt and crisp white sneakers for a casual ‘fit, or wear a halter top and strappy heels for date night.