Denim jeans are a classic that will live in your closet forever. While they’re everyone’s best friend for casual fashion, denim trends can come and go. This has already been a rollercoaster for denim jeans.
Spoiler alert: it’s all about early 2000s-inspired denim, and we’re looking to the past for denim inspiration. Trends as varied as oversized ‘90s jeans and low-rise denim are again returning to the runway.
You can’t scroll through TikTok or Instagram without celebrities and influencers rocking these denim trends.
Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Katie Holmes, Gwen Stefani, and Hailey Bieber wearing this year’s must-have jeans (Credit: Mega / WENN)
While you might still be hanging on to your beloved skinny jeans, these eight denim jeans trends might convince you to try something new this season.
Whether you’re building a capsule closet or exploring new styles to wear, denim jeans are the ultimate investment. We’re sharing the top jean trends to help you find your new signature denim style. Grab your credit card. It’s time to go shopping!
1. Oversized ‘90s Jeans
Are you switching athleisure for denim this season? Oversized ‘90s jeans can make the transition a little easier.
We’re seeing this denim trend all over the runway, spearheaded by ‘it’ streetwear brands like Balenciaga. The relaxed silhouette of these jeans makes them perfect for working from home or casual weekend errands.
These baggy jeans are one of the most versatile styles on this list. Keep them casual with sporty sneakers during the day, and switch out for statement heels in the evening. You’ll find yourself reaching for these ‘90s jeans every season.
2. Cropped Jeans
This denim trend is quickly becoming a favorite amongst supermodels and celebrities, including the Hadid sisters.
If you’re planning on investing in these jeans for summer, look out for lighter shades of denim. Light-wash blue or white jeans will carry you effortlessly through summer and autumn.
We love these jeans for their versatility. You can style them with mules or slides for summer, boots for winter, and sneakers all year round.
The straight-leg silhouette is universally flattering and one you can find from almost every denim brand.
3. Statement Denim Colors
Pastels and neons are all the rage in the denim world. Jeans are one of the easiest ways to experiment with color without going too far out of your comfort zone.
Whether you’re styling them with neutrals or head-to-toe colors, bold denim is one trend that’s here to stay.
1. Lemaire High-rise Garment-dyed Cropped Jeans, $450 at Matches Fashion; 2. Edwin Anderson Ankle Jeans, $178 at Shopbop; 3. Topshop Color Splice Cotton Twill Flare Pants, $74 at Nordstrom; 4. Mango Color Wash Wide Leg Jeans, $79.99 at Nordstrom
Light colors are also having a moment with current denim trends, with white and cream jeans being the best-sellers this year.
Some popular shades include bubblegum pink, neon blue, and fluorescent green. If you want to channel your inner country singer, create a matching outfit with a co-ord look. It’s an effortlessly chic look that is right on trend.
4. ‘80s-inspired Flared Jeans
Another retro style that’s making a comeback is flared jeans. This 80s classic is having a major moment for spring/summer as a style that naturally elongates your legs with a feminine look.
Bonus points if you find a style with a fun and quirky print!
1. Free People Just Float On Geo Flare Jeans, $98 at Nordstrom; 2. RE/DONE ’70s Loose Flare Jeans, $295 at Shopbop; 3. Acne Studios Cotton-blend Corduroy Flared-leg Trousers, $390 at Matches Fashion; 4. Balmain Flared Jeans, $967 at Farfetch
One thing that often puts people off flared jeans is their length. Never fear!
A kick-flare jean is a similar silhouette that is slightly cropped at the ankle to make it easier to style for those who are petite or prefer to wear flat shoes. Flare jeans are a nostalgic trend that every ‘90s kid will want to jump on.
5. Ripped jeans
The Y2K trend is everywhere you look. It’s left its mark on denim with the resurgence of ripped jeans.
You’ll find these popular denim jeans in almost every silhouette, from oversized to skinny and straight-leg shapes. Look for styles with a flared silhouette or distressed hem for an extra vintage look.
6. Printed Jeans
One denim trend that deserves its moment to shine is printed jeans. Whether you’re a fan of graphic prints or the ‘logomania’ trend, this denim style has something for everyone.
1. Balenciaga Logo-Print Cropped Jeans, $925 at Farfetch; 2. Stella McCartney Tie Dye High Rise Crop Jeans, $695 at Shopbop; 3. Topshop Kort Postcard Print Nonstretch Jeans, $86 at Nordstrom; 4. Ganni High-rise Floral-print Wide-leg Jeans, $325 at Matches Fashion
It’s a way of adding a splash of your personality to any outfit with denim jeans.
The versatility of prints means that you’ll find them on any style of jeans – whether you’re searching for baggy ‘90s jeans or a contemporary straight-leg style.
7. Low-rise Jeans
Love them or hate them, low-rise jeans are back in vogue. This style was made famous by celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears back in the early 2000s.
Designer brands like Versace have been all over the trend this year. You can expect to see them styled with everything from crop tops to button-up blouses.
1.Maison Margiela Décortiqué Wide-leg Jeans, $695 at Farfetch; 2. BP. Low Rise Flare Jeans, $49 at Nordstrom; 3. Saint Laurent New Low-Rise Jeans, $790 at Farfetch; 4. Agolde Lyle: Low Rise Slim Jeans, $198 at Shopbop
While the jeans won’t be for everyone, they’re the perfect choice for those with an hourglass silhouette who want to show off their curves. Most low-rise jeans will come with a straight-leg silhouette to elongate your curves.
8. Cargo Jeans
Baggy jeans aren’t for everyone. Take cargo jeans for a test ride if you want a more versatile style. They’re a more utilitarian alternative to the ‘90s baggy jean trend but just as chic.
We’ll be wearing them all season long as a streetwear staple. You’ll find most of these jeans in a bootcut silhouette – perfect for showing off your latest pair of sneakers or platform boots.
Which denim trends are you following? Do you believe skinny jeans are really out of style?