Denim 101: The New Styles, Brands, and Collabs You Need to Know About

Yes, you can copy our homework. We know the ever-changing, rapidly expanding world of denim can stump even the most dedicated shopper, so we’ve highlighted the most important new developments, in hopes of making your life a little easier. 

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    Read on for the newest brands on the scene, the hot collaborations on sale now, and the fresh styles from our favorite denim labels. You’ll get A+ results, guaranteed. 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of J Brand

    J Brand Stocking Jean

    Courtesy of a new fabrication, this skinny jean is constructed in the same way as hosiery, giving it a lightweight and extra soft feel with the classic denim fit that you have grown to expect from J Brand. Any skinny jeans that enable us to crouch comfortably (you know, to tie up our newest pair of shoes) are a slam-dunk in our book.

     

    J Brand 620 Stocking Super Skinny Jean ($222) in Darkness

     

     

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of MiH

    MiH Tomboy Jean

    A skinnier version of the ubiquitous boyfriend jean, this new style from MiH is ideal for wearing with a blazer and heels, and gets even more polish in this Moon wash—the perfect hybrid of khaki and denim.

     

    MiH The Tomboy Jean ($215) in Moon Vintage

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Gap

    Gap Distressed Collarless Jacket

    What is more classic than Gap jeans, you ask? A ladylike jacket, perhaps? Enter Gap’s new collarless denim jacket: the perfect marriage of two classic staples.  

     

    Gap 1969 Destructed Collarless Cuffed Denim Jacket ($80) in Top Sail Wash

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Joe's

    Joe's Jeans Spotless Collection

    We often leave our white jeans on the shelf because, well, we have a rather embarrassing track record of spilling things. Sound familiar? Fret no more, because Joe’s Jeans has created a spill-proof fabric for their new, all-white Spotless collection. The line includes shorts, a skirt, skinny jeans and our favorite, the Spotless Suit Ankle Trouser ($189).  

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Citizens of Humanity

    Citizens of Humanity Premium Vintage Collection

    For the girls who want their denim broken in, thrashed about, and generally aged with style, look no further than Citizens’ new Premium Vintage line. The brand uses a mixture of selvage and non-selvage fabrics with specialized washes and handiwork to create pieces with a unique character. 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of DSTLD

    DSTLD

    DSTLD (pronounced “distilled”) is a new line built on the premise that denim should be stripped down to its core essentials, namely great fit, without unnecessary bells and whistles. Ring-spun dual-flex yarn technology guarantees resilience and softness, and the $65 starting price isn’t bad either.

     

    DSTLD Premium Denim Low Rise Skinny ($65) available in mid-March 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Frame Denim

    Frame Denim Le Rip Jean

    The newest hit style from Frame Denim is Le Rip, a thoroughly tattered and slashed skinny that has already been worn by the likes of Beyonce.

    Frame Denim Le Colour Ripped Blanc de Blancs ($200) in White

     

    For ideas on how to dress them up, click here.

     

     

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of AYR

    AYR

    The new line out of LA is obsessively focused on fit. The three current styles include the skinny, the skinny flare, and our favorite, the ciggy. Shown at left in the classic AYR wash, this lean style is cropped to hit at just the right height above the ankle. The sleek back pockets also work wonders.

     

    AYR The Ciggy Jeans ($175) 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of DL 1961

    DL 1961 – DL Pro

    DL1961 clocked some serious hours in the lab creating new fabrics to reinvent their already successful styles. The Premium Denim Angel Ankle Jeans ($248) at left were constructed from pro-modal, environmentally friendly fibers. Translation: this means that manufacturing their incredibly soft feel and saturated color uses less water, less energy, and fewer dyes than typical jeans. The fabric is also 50% more absorbent than cotton. Don’t ask us how it works.

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of A Gold E

    A Gold E

    Founded 23 years ago by Jerome Dahan of Citizens of Humanity, Guess, and Lucky Brand fame, alongside Adriano Goldschmied of AG Jeans, A Gold E is technically not new, but it is freshly re-launched with a whole new look. The surfer-infused vibe of the LA-based brand is thanks to Creative Services Director and world-renowned surfer, Kassia Meador.  The classic styles and relaxed washes are fuss-free and ready for anything.

     

     

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Guess

    Guess Heritage Collection

    Think of this capsule collection as a greatest hits album, and the gang is all here. The collection includes everything from these fun overalls to the original denim cutoffs, in true-blue washes at affordable prices. Now we just need a muscle car…

     

    Guess Classic Denim Overalls ($158) in 981 Dirty 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Asos

    Asos Farleigh Jean

    Trust Asos to deliver a sexy spin on the mom jean, and at a delightful $66.

     

    Asos Farleigh High Waist Slim Mom Jeans ($66) in Vintage Wash

     

    Need convincing?

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Crippen x Goop.com

    Crippen x Goop.com

    Crippen’s collaboration with Goop.com includes some fantastic separates, but we are particularly excited to get our hands on this perfect pair of black jeans. The color looks like you’ve owned them for years, which we will.

     

    Crippen x Goop Faded Black Stevie Jean ($295) 

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of 3x1 and the Line

    The Line and 3x1

    Vanessa Traina Snow collaborated with Kate Wendelborn of clothing line The Protagonist, and Scott Morrison of 3x1 denim, to create two exclusive styles. Traina Snow likens the resulting silhouette to “the fit of a men’s 501, but made for a woman.” Sign us up.

     

    The Line WM3 Jean ($295) in Indigo

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Madewell

    Madewell Rivet and Thread Collection

    As if we weren’t already in love with Madewell’s denim offerings, they went a step further and created a limited edition of small batch styles made and hand finished in LA. From the denim-obsessive in all of us, thank you.

     

    Madewell Rivet & Thread Selvedge Boyjean ($198) in Deep End

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Rag and Bone

    Rag and Bone Bonazzo Jacket

    There are denim jackets and then there is this piece of artwork. The woven panels on the front and back of this jacket are surprisingly sturdy, despite their delicate appearance. Perfect for throwing over a dress on a warm summer night.

     

    Rag & Bone Jean Jacket ($440) in Bonnaz

EXPLORE: Trends, Fashion News, Denim Week, 3x1 and the Line, Rag and Bone, ASOS, Crippen x Goop.com, Citizens of Humanity, Frame Denim, DL 1961, Gap, DSTLD, J Brand, Guess, MiH, Joe's, A Gold E, AYR, Madewell, Victoria Beckham
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