7 Jeans Trends Fashion People Will Live in This Autumn

Is it weird for me to say that I miss wearing jeans? I've spent the best part of the last four months working my way through my collection of summer dresses, which, back in April, I couldn't wear to wear again. Now, though, the tables have turned, and I can't wait to resume the comfortable and reliable relationship I have with my jeans come autumn. 

I don't know about you, but jeans are the bedrock of all of my favourite autumn outfits. I wear them with everything from crisp white shirts and loafers to a blazer layered over a bra top and heels. In fact, as 90% of the outfits I wear between September and March will involve a pair of jeans, I can always justify treating myself to a new pair at this time in the year. But which to choose? 

To help me analyse my options, I set out to discover the top autumn 2022 jean trends. What I found? There are seven styles that feel so current. (I deliberately left out straight-leg pairs because, let's face it, they're never going to feel passé). Scroll on to see the seven autumn 2022 jean trends that will make your outfits feel current this season. 



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A chic way to showcase cool heels, boots or trainers, a pair of split-hem jeans is at the top of my autumn shopping list. 

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Style Notes: Between celebrities and influencers wearing them on repeat, puddle pants—trousers so long they pool on the floor—have been one of the most stand-out looks of the season. Carry them through to autumn by way of a pair of puddle jeans. 

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Style Notes: If you're looking to introduce a little more colour into your daily looks, there's no easier way to do so than with a pair of colourful jeans. Forgo pastels and brights in favour of rich autumnal tones, such as forest green, rust and burgundy. 

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Style Notes: Although it makes the perfectionist in me feel a little uncomfortable, there's no denying the return of ripped jeans is upon us—I know this because they're everywhere I look. 

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Style Notes: White denim might be synonymous with summer, but minimalists wear it well into autumn, too. I like how crisp it looks set against leather boots and biker jackets. Look for cropped pairs that showcase the aforementioned boots beautifully. 

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Style Notes: Cargo trousers have been one of the biggest trends of the year, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering just how popular the Y2K aesthetic has become. For autumn, the throwback piece is being overhauled in denim. 

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Style Notes: I think we can all agree that straight-leg jeans will never go out of style, but lately, I've been seeing fashion people turn their preferences towards barrel-leg styles—jeans that balloon over the thigh then taper towards the ankle. 

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Next Up, Autumn/Winter 2022 Trends: The 15 Fashion Looks You Need to Know About

This post was previously published and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.