There’s no overstating the importance of having a great pair of jeans—or several—in your wardrobe, especially for the fall and winter. The style staple goes with everything from blouses to sweaters to blazers and beyond, and can transition seamlessly from the office (depending on the dress code) to your off time.
While you almost certainly have a favorite pair in your closet already, who among us couldn’t use a denim refresh? This season there are several trends to be tried that look current but don’t feel, well, trendy. Check which jeans are in right now—and will stay that way for a while.
Whether you opt for a full-length pair or an ankle-grazing style, wide-leg jeans should be on your denim shopping list this season. They’re perfect for work, especially in an ultra-dark wash like deep indigo or black. Just be sure to balance out the voluminous bottom with something more tailored on top—like a sleek turtleneck or fitted blazer—to avoid having your outfit swallow you whole.
You already know that leopard print is a Fall 2018 must-have, so why not try it in denim? We love the spotted pattern in an unexpected color combo like army green and black. Coupled with its double-digit price tag, this pair is perfect for the woman who wants to take the wild trend for a more muted test run.
Move over, skinny jeans, the straight leg is back. And this cropped high-rise style in a classic wash will be your wardrobe workhorse. Wear them now with boots, and in the warmer weather with sandals or slides. Either way, they’re a modern take on the ubiquitous mom jean that don’t feel like you dug them out from, um, your mom’s closet.
Dark Denim Jeans
We’ve seen season after season of distressing and light-wash denim, but the fashion pendulum has finally swung back toward the dark side. It’s a welcome development, considering how easy it is to make a deeper-colored jean work for the office and the evening. We’re particularly fond of this pair that interprets another trend, the wide cuff, in a wearable way.
Colored Denim Jeans
Another jean trend that’s experiencing a 2018 revival? Colored denim. And it’s not the Crayola-inspired iteration everyone was sporting circa 2008. Today’s palette is more sophisticated with hues like burnt henna, olive green, and burgundy—so if you’ve previously only stuck with blue or black, it might be time to give a new shade a chance.
The side-stripe trend can go either sporty or tuxedo-inspired, and we’re partial to this pair that feels like a hybrid of the two. Aside from adding an unexpected accent to your standard skinny jean, this trend is flattering on almost every body type. Try them with white sneakers and a pullover for an elevated casual look or go full “black tie” with a tuxedo jacket and heels.
Now that you’re up to speed on the latest denim looks, it’s time to shop. Whether you love sleek skinnies or prefer a wide-leg trouser style, any of these updates will earn you jean queen status.