Decoding Denim: A Guide To The Season's 7 Biggest Trends

From super skinny silhouettes to wide-legged trousers, these are the top seven denim styles of the season.
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From super skinny silhouettes to wide-legged trousers, these are the top seven denim styles of the season.
Image Credit: ASOS

Image Credit: ASOS

Denim has long been the solution to many of our fashion problems. When in doubt, we just throw on our favorite jeans. Denim is the blank slate that we need to build our look around, the neutral to quietly accompany a new top or shoe that we are eager to show off, and the go-to fabric for comfort and a casual cool. The options are endless, and there are an overwhelming number of shapes and silhouettes to choose from. But fret not friends, we are here to help you find your perfect pair! These are the seven chicest styles this spring and some tips for how to make them your own.

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The cropped jean is the newest addition to the group. This shape is perfect for the transition into warmer months and ideal for showing off your best statement shoe. Offered in a standard rise and in a soft cotton twill, this pair should be worn now with ankle boots and a cozy knit, and later with a flat sandal and summer top. To Buy: Cropped Flare ($40)

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This black and blue combo is a great new take on the patchwork jean. The rip-and-repair approach is great when shopping for something new that feels worn-in. Pair it with your favorite vintage tee and sneakers for day, or dress it up with a romantic top, printed scarf or statement necklace for night. To Buy: Patchwork Jean ($58)

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Sorry boys, the mom jean craze continues. We love vintage picks for this style, but this high-rise dark wash is another great option. Tuck in your best button-down shirt and throw on a pair of heels. To keep it modern (and avoid actually looking like your mom), add a bold lip and some edgy accessories. To Buy: Mom Jean ($55)

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Embellishment is a strong story for the next few seasons. For those minimalists avoiding the bedazzled look, this simple painted hem jean is perfect. The trick here is to treat it like a basic denim and mix it with other classic pieces in your closet, like a simple v-neck tee and tailored blazer. To Buy: Stripe Hem Jean ($90)

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The trouser jean requires the perfect fit and may require a trip to the tailor, but it is well worth it, we promise. The long lean lines are sure to extend the leg. This style is made for desk-to-drink drink plans, so just stash a great pair of shoes and a change of jewelry in your work tote, and off to happy hour you go. To Buy: Trouser Jean ($120)

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Don’t shelf your skinny jeans just yet. These white jeans are ideal for flirty tops and strappy sandals, or a high-top sneaker and oversized knit for travel. To Buy: Prime White Jean ($90)

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Speaking of cropped tops, the high-waisted jean is the style to choose when considering shorter tops and blouses for spring and summer. Not only does it prevent us from baring too much midriff (for those who are sensitive to that type of thing), but it's great for pulling and pushing in just the right places, like shapewear without the extra piece! To Buy: Skinny Skinny ($128)

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