You know jeans. You love jeans. You think all jeans are the same? Not so fast. Though denim trends hang around for quite some time (really, how long have we all been on the dark-skinnies routine?), they do have an expiration date. Here are the latest updates to your favorite denim pieces.
The 8 Biggest Trends in Denim Right Now
From shirts to dresses and all the jeans in between
The Raw-edge Jeans
If we could give an award for most improved trend, this vintage-wash look would take the cake. You might still be skeptical (and that’s OK), but once you try pairing roughed-up jeans with more polished pieces (tucked-in blouses, pointy pumps), you’ll feel like you just stepped out of Paris fashion week.
Get the look: Old Navy ($25); Levi’s ($88); M.i.h Jeans ($255)
The Cropped Flares
Yes, your full-length flares are here to stay. But these guys are the breakout hit you’ll be sure to see all over town--especially now that the weather is warming up. Rock 'em with delicate slides for the perfect Saturday-afternoon outfit.
Get the look: Gap ($60); Rag & Bone ($185); MOTHER ($238)
The Denim Culottes
Sweet culottes, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways… If you haven’t hopped aboard the super-comfy culotte train just yet (what are you waiting for?), may we suggest a lightweight denim version that has enough swing to keep things breezy.
Get the look: Express ($70); NYDJ ($114); 7 for All Mankind ($189)
The Oversized Jacket
For those still-chilly spring evenings, you can never go wrong with a classic jean jacket on top. But be careful of anything too fitted--the shape du jour is longer and roomier than in years past.
Get the look: ASOS Curve ($68); Madewell ($128); T by Alexander Wang ($450)
The A-line Skirt
This guy is still going strong since last year, and yes, it’s definitely worth the investment. Aim for one with clean lines and avoid distressing to keep the look more grown-up and less festival-goer.
Get the look: BDG ($59); J. Crew ($98); Stella McCartney ($490)
The Pencil Skirt
If the ’70s mini is not quite your thing, the knee-skimming pencil skirt is also right on trend. Pair it with everything from a collared shirt to a boxy tee and accessorize respectively. It’s about as versatile as your everyday jeans.
Get the look: Blank NYC ($88); Paige ($159); Current/Elliot ($208)
The Off-the-shoulder Chambray
The trendiest blouse of the moment absolutely comes in chambray, should you have to ask. Once we’re decidedly out of jacket weather, bust this baby out with white jeans for a foolproof Sunday-brunch ensemble.
Get the look: American Rag ($40); Lovers + Friends ($139); Cynthia Rowley ($225)
The Lace-up Dress
If this isn’t the most perfect vacation frock you’ve ever seen, we don’t know what is. Now all you need to do is rescue your floppy hat, swimsuit and gladiators from the back of the closet…
Get the look: Glamorous ($30); Storets ($52); Bella Dahl ($198)