5 New Denim Trends You Should Know About
This season’s freshest take on denim is anything but basic—from go-with-everything gray washes to elegantly embroidered styles, there’s a little something for everyone in this mix.
We’ve seen a lot of unfinished hems in the past seasons, but this fall it is going even further with high-low hemlines, slits on the sides, even lace up hems. Denim brands are also playing around with waistbands; some are contrasting colors from the rest of the jean, while others have embroidery or velvet ribbons around the waist.
Embroidered jeans are having a major moment right now. Whether it’s just a small detail down the side or a full on embroidered rose as a knee patch, those that are in the know will have some of these accents come September. Buy them pre-embroidered or make this a fun DIY project on a pair of old jeans.
The hottest hue of the fall is going to be gray, so get a jump-start on that trend by investing in some gray jeans now. Gray options range from very light to very dark, so feel free to choose your favorite wash. Darker washes are better for going out at night while lighter grays work better during the day, so make your selection based on your needs.
Patchwork pants aren’t just for those accidental holes in your jeans. Denim is being embellished with flannel, lace, and even velvet patches this season. Like the embroidery, this could be another great DIY, or you can buy them pre-made.
A strip in a different hue adds a subtle punch to an otherwise traditional pair. The light contrast in colors kicks these blue jeans up a notch without being too loud in their embellishment. Tuck a billowy, striped button down into these to show off the waistband and then finish the look with your favorite loafers for a relaxed menswear vibe. The dual tone style will be covered if you wear a belt with these, so consider wearing them with a super skinny belt, or without one at all.
To buy: Guess Tom Boy Fit (available Sept. 1), $128; shop.guess.com.
You’ll see cutoff finishes on both flared and skinny styles. Tailor the look to your personality, whether you like an on-trend high-low hem or feminine, velvet lacing. Unfinished step hems are the perfect way to frame your latest and greatest shoe find; step into your favorite pair of shoes and show them off. Velvet lacing, or any lacing at all, goes best with heels so you don’t drag your laces on the ground.
To buy (from left): 7 For All Mankind Cropped Boot With Angled Released Hem, $209; 7forallmankind.com. One Teaspoon Freebird II Skinny Jeans, $147; shopbop.com. Paige Jacqueline Straight With Ankle Lace Up, $299; paige.com. Mavi Distressed Hem, $118; mavi.com.
How to Cuff Jeans
We all have a favorite pair of jeans. The ones you’ll never, ever part with. But sometimes it’s fun to mix it up a little bit and give that trustworthy piece a refresh. You can do this easily (and commitment-free) by employing some styling tricks. Here, we show you how to cuff your jeans to create that effortlessly tailored look (no sewing required!). There’s an option for every type of fit, too—from boyfriend, “mom,” straight leg, skinny, and even wide-leg. We’ve also broken it down by skill level, so start with the beginner technique and slowly graduate to the advanced method.
Easy-to-wear embroidered embellishment turns a simple jeans-and-a-tee look into an instant (and eye-catching) outfit. Embroidery doesn’t have to take up an entire leg of your jeans, but it’s okay it you’d like it to. A subtler take on the trend has the design running down the outside of the leg, or just around the hem. Back pockets are the perfect place for a little flower accent or initials; the options are endless.
To buy (from left): Mossimo High Rise Straight Crop, $30; target.com. Vintage America Blues Gratia Bestie, $90; macys.com. Karen Kane Embroidered Skinny Jean, $135; karenkane.com. Embroidered Trim Jeans, $134; lordandtaylor.com.
Shades of Gray
These cool neutral hues pair easily with everything and have a modern feel. The entire gray spectrum is available in denim this fall, so find one that fits your mood and never look back. Gray jeans go hand in hand with chunky fall knits; wear these with a thick, white knit turtleneck and some combat boots for a cool weekend outfit.
To buy (from left): MKT Studio Paris The Birkin Royal Girlfriend, $145; mktstudio.com. Hudson Nico Ankle Super Skinny Raw Hem Jeans, $205; hudsonjeans.com. Love Culture Grey Sandblasted Low Rise Jeans, $40; loveculture.com. NYDJ Ami Skinny Ankle, $114; nydj.com. Levi’s LMC Slouchy Taper, $298, levi.com. L.L. Bean 1912 Jeans, $59; llbean.com. TAGS Skinny High Rise Jeans, $99; tags.com. Citizens of Humanity Avedon Ultra Skinny, $198; citizensofhumanity.com.
These artfully cut and sewn pairs look like hard-to-find vintage store gems, minus all the hard work. Several different patch options are available this season; whether you’d like to have plaid patches or just contrasting denim, there is a jean that suits your needs. Consider plaid patches on a pair of light-wash boyfriend jeans for relaxed weekends, while a velvet-patched pair could be worn to a concert or your next dinner date.
To buy (from top:) Tags Boyfriend with Rip, $139; tags.com. T.J. Maxx Mixed Denim, $40 at T.J. Maxx (800-2TJ-MAXX). True Religion Cameron Boyfriend Jacquard, $249; truereligion.com. NYDJ Boyfriend with Shadow Patches, $148; nydj.com. Silver Jeans Co. Delancey Dark Wash, $89; silverjeans.com.