The Denim That's In and Out for Spring, According to Experts
Even if you have a go-to pair of jeans in your arsenal, your denim drawer can always use a refresh. Right? To fill you in on the trends you should try this season (and those you shouldn't!), we tapped experts in the denim industry to spill on the jean styles that are "in" and "out" right now.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the blues you should be buying (and the jeans you should be retiring) this spring.
In: "Culottes continue to be on-trend, and they're a must-have item for spring. This ultra-versatile fashion piece can instantly make an outfit look more stylish. Loose, cropped trousers can be worn a multitude of ways and are a perfect staple for the workplace. They hit just above the ankle, a perfect length to show off your new flats! The Citizens of Humanity Melanie Wide-Leg Crop is a favorite wide-leg culotte style inspired by fashion icon Jane Birkin.
"The '70s influence is still prominent throughout spring. Flared denim gives the flattering illusion of mile-long legs, continuing to make an impact. Citizens of Humanity's ultra-high-rise flares, The Cherie, are offered in a clean, medium-blue wash, as well as a soft, powdery blue hue, both paying homage to the 1970s." — Catherine Ryu
Out: "There is a seismic shift in fits in denim: The skinny silhouettes are now a true staple wardrobe piece and are down-trending.” — Catherine Ryu
In: "Cropped and wider jeans are what people are talking about. Our Step Fray is the definitely a trend that is taking off. The length, rise, wash, and hem treatments all inject newness but also feel very familiar and handmade." — Tim Kaeding
Out: "It seems that all types of jeans are on-trend right now, although skinnies aren’t really talked about anymore." — Tim Kaeding
In: "A cropped bootcut, like our Selena Crop Boot Cut, is definitely the new key fit for the season; they're perfect for spring. They can be worn with boots as you transition through the long spring, and then flats or heels as the weather heats up. They look great in every shade of indigo, black, and especially white. Lightweight indigo cotton linen and white denim are also a big message for the season, in all fits: skinny, destructed, sneaker flares, flares, straight fits. The stepped hem is also a fresh update to destruction." — Mary Bruno
In: "I'm really into anything with raw or undone hems at the moment, especially the mid- and high-rise straight-leg cropped jean silhouette—ours is called the Jacqueline, and its sister jeans are the Colette and Milo, which have a little flare at the bottom." — Paige Adams-Geller
Out: "Super-low-rise denim." — Paige Adams-Geller
In: "Cropped legs with zippers—it's all about the shoes and legs. It's L'Agence French and sexy." — Tara Rudes Dann
"Enough boyfriend." — Tara Rudes Dann
In: "We’re seeing a lot of continued interest in our fringed styles, and we’re also seeing our girls gravitate toward the cropped baby bootcut. With the '70s revival happening right now, it’s definitely part of a trend, but it is a style that is really easy to wear and flattering for girls of all heights. The updated baby boot has the feel of classic flares in that it looks sexy and directional, but it’s also great for everyday wear." — Scott Morrison
Out: "What’s 'out' is difficult to answer, as it seems like so many things are 'in' these days. One thing that I think is starting to run its course is the super-high-waisted fashion skinnies. The trend is starting to move toward lower rises and vintage-inspired washes, so the exaggerated high-rise skinnies' days might be numbered. This might be your last chance to channel Olivia Newton-John in Grease…" — Scott Morrison
In: "We love a high-waisted, cropped style for spring, and this season we are offering the perfect gaucho. Loose through the leg, with a wide opening above the ankle—this silhouette is modern and looks great paired with any pair of shoes." — Joe Dahan
Out: "Gone are the days when the low-rise styles ruled." — Joe Dahan
What denim trends do you think are "in" and "out" this spring? Let us know in the comments below!
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