The latest denim trends make up a huge part of any cool girl's wardrobe. From the newest skinny jeans that A-listers, influencers and street style gurus are choosing to the runway's coolest denim trends edited by our fashion team. It's no secret that denim hits high on our list of must-have pieces. I tend to slip into a pair of jeans nearly every day of the week. In the last year alone, I've put a number of silhouettes to the test. Cropped flares? Yep. Vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans? They were pretty much the only thing I wore all summer. And with a brand-new season on the horizon, what denim trends can we expect to see in 2018?
After looking to the spring runways and cool street style girls, I've got a few predictions to make. One style quickly gaining popularity is jeans with exposed stitching—making for a bold design that feels fresh and cool. The shift from light-wash to slimming dark-wash denim is also becoming more prominent. And with '90s-inspired baggy styles popping up everywhere, skinny jeans just might lose their spot on the list of staple denim. Here, shop the cool denim trends we'll be seeing everywhere in 2018.
The level of creativity when it comes to denim is off the rails, and almost nothing surprises us anymore. A pair of jeans that are essentially made up of a handful of patches? It's probably happening. Jeans that have a cut-out waistband and hems so long you'd need a friend to hold them up for you? We're sure someone sent those down the runway. The point is: Denim is no longer just denim. What once was a simple counterpart to a plain white tee and sneakers is now a clothing category all its own that's exploding with trends. And that makes this round-up of 2018 denim styles all the more exciting. With so many designers searching for a way to define the fabric, we're seeing some exaggerated options we can't wait to try.
Each season, new jeans are always on our list of items to buy. As we look ahead to Spring, we're narrowing down the must-have styles for warmer days. Ahead, you'll find a guide to denim that is currently being offered by retailers (like deconstructed cuts in light washes). These all pair perfectly with your breezy, sheer blouses or crop tops. Springtime jeans should feel fun, either due to wash or embellishments, and they should work seamlessly into your wardrobe. If you want a sneak peek of what to scoop up before everyone else, check out the list ahead.
The Drop Crotch
Allow us to introduce the feminine baggy crotch: a slightly more subtle drop crotch than those found on male bottoms. This new trend lends itself to more trouser-like silhouettes versus the skinny jeans of the past.
Forget the haphazard denim roll: this trend is all about thick cuffs, and not ones you can accomplish with your average D.I.Y. job. Instead, they're an exaggerated add-on, whether with extra-long hems folded over or via appliqués in different fabrics.
This trend is infiltrating both denim and trousers in general. Contrast stitching is all about outlining seams for an unexpected, almost half-finished, look.
From pale yellows to cherry reds, colored denim is making a return. We're keeping a particular eye out for jeans that straddle the line between pink and purple and anything of the red variety.
Thanks for the memories, wide-legged jeans, but we're moving on to exaggerated flares. But these aren't your mom's bell bottoms. 2018's flares carry their own unique personalities, from baggy fits to leg slits and side-seam embellishments.
Baggy '90s Trousers
JNCO, where you at? Baggy jeans are back. Granted the 2018 version has slightly more tapered waists and defined seams, but we're almost ready to pair them with a cropped white baby tee and some Reeboks. If you love the slouch style of your mom or boyfriend jeans, you'll take to the "baggy" fit too. These jeans don't exactly conform to the shape of your booty, rather, there's extra room in between. Expect your pant legs to be roomy too. These jeans look exceptionally great with a pair of boots.
Racetrack-inspired prints have made a comeback on the runway, and it was only a matter of time before jeans got that treatment. Look out for that bright stripe trailing down the side of your denim. This extra detail gives your jeans a sporty feel. Who needs track pants?
The best way to describe deconstructed jeans in 2018 is that the jeans look "off." The garment doesn't look completely finished (hemlines are left undone, buttons might be misplaced, etc . . .) and the denim has a raw feel to it. Brands like Vetements, Y/Project, and Off-White are notorious for the deconstructed look, which makes this instantly street style-approved.
The '80s fashion influence is still strong in 2018. (And if you're unsure how to rock the style, we can help.) An easy way to try the pieces inspired by this decade is with a pair of no-fuss jeans. Look for a fit that's snug at the waist and baggy throughout, then possibly tapered at the ankle too.
For 2018, designers are drawing the eyes down towards the hem. Jeans receive fun embellishments on the bottom, whether that's with seashells (like the Tory Burch pair above) or a frayed hemline that looks raw and jagged. Forget simply cuffing your jeans. You'll want to embrace fun designs like ruffles or even a fluted style for that retro take.