We’ll be the first to admit that changing denim trends can be frustrating. After all, a pair of quality jeans can be a significant investment, which means you obviously want to be able to wear them for more than just a season or two. Alas, this year, with the arrival of S/S 15, denim trends have gone in a drastically new direction, making a bold move toward a ‘70s-inspired look. To avoid getting stuck with a one-season wonder, we’ve rounded up six denim characteristics to look for, no matter what the denim trend du jour may be.
Scroll down to see what the classic characteristics are, and to shop our favorite versions of each!
Showing a little ankle is supremely flattering and leg lengthening. Additionally, cropped jeans look great with whatever pair of shoes your heart desires, and add a cool gamine quality to any look.
Alexa Chung for AG The Revolution Jeans ($235) in 9 Years Icon
Rag & Bone/JEAN The Boyfriend Jeans ($225) in Chambers
If you want your backside to look its best (and who wouldn’t?), stick to simple, classic back pockets. Trust us, it’s in your best interest to avoid intricate or oddly-shaped pockets that will draw attention for all the wrong reasons.
Crippen 70 High Rise Straight Jeans ($265) in Medium Vintage
Genetic Los Angeles Birkin High Rise Jeans ($192) in Rider
Not only are perfectly slouchy jeans gloriously comfortable, they lend an air of effortlessness to any look. Bonus tip: Keep them on the slim side for the most figure-flattering effect.
Objects Without Meaning Boy Zip Jeans ($182) in Acid Blues
AG The Ex-Boyfriend Slim Jeans ($198) in 7 Years Aquatic
Whatever you do, step away from the low-rise jeans (for good). Higher rise styles add polish, and they can even be worn to the office if jeans are an option for you. The best part? They give the illusion of mile-long legs.
Cheap Monday Spray On Super Skinny Jeans ($93) in Mid Wash Blue
J Brand Remy High-Rise Bootcut Jeans ($240) in Mesmerize
Mother Denim High Waisted Ankle Fray ($185) in Ivory
While overly distressed denim has the tendency to appear forced, subtle distressing says, “These old things, I’ve had these for years!” (Even if you haven’t.) The more organic and vintage distressing looks, the cooler you look. Enough said.
Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans ($128) in Torn-Knee Edition
Dr. Denim Florence High Waist Straight Leg Jeans ($89) in Blue
Alexander Wang Wang 002 High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($285) in Light Indigo Aged
MANGO Cropped Slim-Fit Nancy Jeans ($70) in Open Blue
If you don’t have a pair of black or dark wash jeans, stop what you’re doing and add them to cart. This ultra-versatile option will take you from the office to date night with ease, no matter what the fit or style.
J Brand Photo Ready Maria High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($190) in Vanity
Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans ($128) in Davis Wash
Alexander Wang Wang 002 High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($240) in Black
What denim characteristics do you think are the most timeless? Comment below!