The Denim Trends Fashion People Will Embrace in 2021

Joggers, knit pants, and those softer trends certainly reigned supreme throughout this year. That said, jeans and various denim pieces are still probably wardrobe staples for many, so we thought we’d highlight some of the fresh denim trends that fashion people will embrace in 2021.

The jeans and denim cuts trending now and those that will continue to increase in popularity next year mirror the relaxed fashion moments that are particularly noteworthy right now. Sure, skinny jeans (especially with stretch) will always be around, but those looser straight-leg cuts will also continue making waves. And in reference to outerwear, it's all about those baggier denim jackets.

To showcase all of the top-notch 2021 denim moments, we sourced visual inspiration showcasing how style setters have been currently embracing the trends. And if you’re ready to test out said trends now, we also rounded up a smattering of inspired shopping picks for you as well.

Baggy Jeans


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Baggy jeans will enter the spotlight in an even greater way come 2021 as a comfortable denim pick to complete a forward silhouette.

Bootcut Jeans


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Yep, bootcut jeans—especially those in a slimmer cut—are where it's at for a chic and modern choice.

Relaxed Denim Jacket


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When it comes to outerwear, it's all about the loose denim jacket to keep it stylish and easy.

Distressed Jeans


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The fashion crowd will continue opting for those especially distressed silhouettes to bring a laid-back feel to an outfit.

Light-Wash Jeans


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Of course, darker washes will still be around, but light-wash styles will take center stage in 2021.

Long Denim Skirts


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In the denim skirt realm, the maxi styles will be the go-to thanks to the inherently sleek nature.

Next, check out more top-notch jeans.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.