These Jeans Are OUT, According to Experts

You have a lot of choices when it comes to your denim selection. If you’re looking for the perfect casual Friday look, you can go for dark skinnies, cropped flares, denim culottes, and so on. Ideal weekend look? Perhaps that’s when you opt for boyfriend jeans or a distressed straight-leg find. Well, while you should wear whatever you love and feel most comfortable in, there are certain styles that are more forward than others for these different occasions.

To help fill us in on the jean styles that are in and out for fall, we tapped some of our favorite denim brand experts to spill. You may be surprised by some of their picks—and totally may agree with others.

Keep scrolling to check out the denim picks you should test and avoid right now. Plus, shop some of the best jeans of the moment, too. It’s time to find your perfect pair.



In: "Authentic, vintage-looking blue jeans with minimal stretch and a high-rise. Our new A/W 16 Mimi jean is a high rise non-stretch jean with a slim tapered leg, and it’s already sold out. Cropped flares are continuing to have a real moment; our raw-hem Lou Jeans have been a best seller for the last two seasons. A blue-jean vintage vibe is key.”

Out: "Super-stretch denim. Look for jeans with low elastane (up to 2%) for comfort. They will look and feel like a cool pair of jeans should.”


In: "For fall 2016, we’re seeing a movement toward vintage fits and silhouettes. Favorites this season feature a higher rise including slim straight jeans like The Phoebe and The Sloan and cropped kick flare styles such as The Jodi Crop.”

Out: "While skinny jeans will always be a wardrobe staple, this season is about going back to the basics with more classic and relaxed fits.”


In: "For fall, high-rise denim continues to be important, and vintage silhouettes remain the key players in fashion denim. One of our favorites is our high-rise classic vintage fit, The Liya, which continues as a season must-have with a number of new fall washes. We have added interesting details to some of our vintage fits, including high-low hemline at the leg opening of the Liya Classic High Rise Jean as well as an undone hem detail to our looser-fitting Cora Crop Jean.”

Out: "Super-low-rise skintight jeggings. They tend to look foreign as painted on disco pants from the ’70s.”


In: "At Re/Done, we are selling crop flares really well. Also, our ’90s-inspired no-waist jeans are selling really well. The overall trend is still individuality.”

Out: "I feel any stretchy legging type jeans are OUT!”

It’s Denim Week at Who What Wear, and we’re covering everything you need to know about the latest denim styles and trends for fall.

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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.