They may be the workhorse of your wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be super stylish. From classic cuts to fresh-off-the-runway styles, these new details take your jeans to the next level.
What it is: Most common in a slouchy, boyfriend silhouette, two-tone jeans feature vertical strips of a lighter and darker denim wash, either stitched together from two different pieces of denim, or dyed to look that way. Think of two-tone as an extremely intentional version of a traditional patchwork style.
How to wear it: Fashion forward without being completely over the top, these jeans work equally well with pared-back basics (think a white button-down shirt and nude heels), as they do with other, equally on trend picks (like slip-on mule flats and a slightly cropped sweater).
To buy: Gap Authentic 1969 Two-tone Best Girlfriend Jeans, $60; gap.com.
What it is: The cure to everyone’s insatiable appetite for destructed denim, double-frayed jeans provide a little edge in the guise of undone hems and an artfully tattered waistband, sans the obvious rips and tears that make destructed denim inappropriate for many situations.
How to wear it: This style looks best in a fitted, skinny cut and a dark wash, which keep it looking clean. To keep the look polished, err on the side of feminine accessories, like a heel or pointed-toe flat, and pick a top that hits just above the waistband so that all-important detail is evident (you can also try knotting a shirt just above the waistband).
To buy: Mother Double Fray Charmer Crop, $218; revolve.com.
What it is: Not just “undone,” but completely frayed to the point of creating a fringe, this style adds an easy-to-pull-off, ornamental detail to an otherwise normal pair of jeans.
How to wear it: Because fringed hems are most often seen on cropped styles, they look most flattering when paired with a heel to really show off the detail.
To buy: ASOS Authentic Straight Leg Jeans with Fringed Hem, $62; asos.com.
What it is: This trend started with trousers and trickled down to denim. Slightly cropped with a kick flare silhouette, the hem should hit a little above the ankle.
How to wear it: In a dark rinse, these can look surprisingly dressy when paired with heels and a silk top, but the flared shape is also deceptively flattering, creating a proportionate balance for bigger hips and thighs, and making ankles look slim, so they also work well with flats.
To buy: Topshop Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans, $70; nordstrom.com.
What it is: Classic, high-waisted jeans are making a comeback (partially thanks to their figure-friendly appeal). Look for options made from a cotton-elastane blend, so they’ll have a little bit of stretch.
How to wear them: The high waist is the part you want to show off, so pair them with a cropped top (the jeans will sit above your navel, so you won’t have to worry about exposing any skin) or a lightweight sweater you can tuck in.
To buy: Express Super High Waisted Jean Legging, $80; express.com.