I Just Know These 8 Denim Trends Will Be Everywhere This Season

As a seasoned fashion editor who has analysed more than her fair share of runway shows, I'll be the first to admit that not all trends translate into everyday life. Take the sheer trend, for example; it looks great on the catwalk and via Instagram, but the realities of wearing completely see-through clothing day-to-day come with their own set of unique considerations and, if nothing else, you'll be pretty cold, too. Denim, however—now there's something that works, regardless of the season, weather forecast or, increasingly, occasion. Save for formal events such as weddings, black-tie galas and dining out at certain restaurants, denim is largely considered to be acceptable attire for everything, from work to weekend, nights out to walks in the park. It's this sheer versatility and wearability that makes denim trends so far reaching; you'll see dresses, jackets, tops, accessories, and, of course, jeans, modelled in the fabrication year-round, but how these items look tends to shift with each season. 

So, on the cusp of spring, I thought now was the perfect time to whittle down the leading denim trends of 2023. From the jean silhouette that's sticking around for another six months (excellent news if you've already invested in it) to a fresh take on outerwear, these are the denim trends to note for the year ahead. 

1. Long Skirts


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Style Notes: 2023 marks the return of the denim skirt but, in place of the mini options that become commonplace in the warmer months, we're seeing hemlines hit the floor as maxi styles become increasingly popular; an offshoot from the maxi dresses that dominated collections last season, too. 

2. Relaxed Shirting


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Style Notes: Denim shirts kept cropping up on the 2023 runways, with designers favouring styling them with more elevated bottoms, such as tailored trousers and leather skirts. 

3. Wide Jeans


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Style Notes: Last year saw a serious resurge of wide-leg trousers, with the silhouette quickly permeating the world of jeans, too. If you've already invested in the trend, you'll be pleased to hear the silhouette is sticking around for another season. Just ask Kate Moss who wore the perfect pair on the Bottega Veneta runway. 

4. Ecru Tones


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Style Notes: White denim always makes a comeback in the warmer months; for a fresh take on the trend, wear it top-to-toe and finish with neutral and beige accessories. 

5. Modern Dresses


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Style Notes: When you think of denim dresses, button-up or prairie styles likely come to mind. This season, however, we're seeing the textile reworked into a multitude of frocks, from slip dresses to on-trend off-the-shoulder creations. 

6. Two-Tone


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Style Notes: If you're looking for new ways to make your denim outfits stand out, why not hop on the two-tone trend. With mid-blue jeans making a comeback this season, too, this presents the perfect way to wear it with traditional lighter hues too. 

7. Denim Coats


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Style Notes: Denim jackets will always be a style mainstay but denim coats? This is a new development for 2023. As seen at Tod's and Chloé, wear pared-back styles with jeans for a cool take on the Canadian tuxedo. 

8. Cargo Detailing


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Style Notes: Blame it on the Y2K aesthetic but cargo pockets are here to stay for 2023. First seen on trousers, the cargo movement soon found its way onto jeans. Now, you'll see it on just about every denim item this year. 

Next Up, Spring/Summer 2023 Fashion Trends: 21 Expert-Approved Looks You Need to See

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.