We all have our go-to denim washes and fabrics—whether you're a raw, dark-wash kind of girl or prefer the stretchy, lighter shades. But which styles are proving to be more popular this season? We tapped Milan-based Alberto Candiani of Candiani Fabrics, which sources fabrics for a number of top premium denim brands (and just opened up a design center in L.A.), to spill on the fabric and wash trends of 2016.
Keep scrolling to learn more on the type of denim you should test out the spring—and shop a few of our favorite inspired styles, too.
What to go for: "I think very deep indigos, which are mainly gray and red cast, will be very popular. The cast is a descriptive term for shade. Depending upon the dye and wash techniques used, indigo denim may have a variety of casts, such as red, black, gray, green, yellow, or brown. It's gray and red casts that will be big for S/S 16." — Alberto Candiani
What to avoid: "Washes that feature heavily marked whiskers in the front-pocket area." — Alberto Candiani
What to go for: "The lines are continuing to blur between men and women's denim. Men are moving into fabrics with more elasticity, and women are embracing fabrics with less stretch. In both cases, we will see more ring character. Ring character comes from the way that the yarn is created. When yarn is made by ring spinning it is uneven, and it's this unevenness of the yarn that brings the fabric alive once the indigo fades down. Furthermore, we’ll see rigid, rugged-looking stretch denim, giving the more authentic jean that is more popular right now, but still with all the comfort of stretch denim that everyone has become used to." — Alberto Candiani
What to avoid: "Gummy super-stretch fabrics with a synthetic feel." — Alberto Candiani
Will you test out any of these styles this spring? Let us know in the comments below!
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