The Denim That's In and Out for Fall, According to Experts

We're officially kicking off denim week at Who What Wear. And what better way to celebrate seven days of jeans, jeans, and more jeans than with a roundup of the top denim trends of the season—according to top industry experts. That's right. We hit up the designers of some of our favorite brands like MiH, Levi's, Mother, and others to spill on the styles they unanimously agree will be power plays in your closet this fall. And which ones are out!

Keep scrolling to peep the blues you'll be slipping into when the leaves start changing—and shop a few of the best styles of the moment, too!

 

In:

"Vintage fits in authentic washes with minimal whiskering are key for fall, and the Linda Jean is the perfect example of this. The higher rise and minimal stretch fabrication gives the jean a true classic denim fit and feel."  Chloe Lonsdale, founder and creative director, MiH

Out:

​"The skinny jean is still a wardrobe basic, but it is no longer a seasonal must-have. People choose a skinny jean for a more casual, comfortable look, not to make a statement."  Chloe Lonsdale

In:

"Fringe and flares are in for fall, and 3x1 has a couple of amazing versions hitting stores this August. We’ve created a fringe group using a laser to cut weft yarns from the denim, leaving only the indigo warp yarns dangling. I’m not sure it’s ever been done before, and the effect is nothing short of spectacular. We’re also making a bold statement with our mid-rise flare in ‘Alpha’ wash. It’s a a superstretch fabric that fits like a glove, in a clean, dark, soft rinse wash. It’s exciting to see how sexy and fresh the flare looks again!"  Scott Morrison, founder and president, 3x1

Out: 

"Jeggings and jogger jeans. I’ve always hated both those concepts, and I’m very excited to see those trends blow over. Enough said."  Scott Morrison

In:

"I see a couple of trends getting a lot of attention this season—namely a gradual return to 1970s flared jeans and the high-rise skinny. Both jeans are available in our new Lot 700, the 715 Bootcut and 721 High Rise Skinny. Our new women's denim collection gives every woman a great shape across the top, waist, hips, and thighs in different fits and finishes. I wear a variety of jeans for each occasion—I’ll even wear jeans to a black-tie event!" — Karyn Hillman, chief product officer, Levi's

In:

“It’s a unique time in denim, as nothing is really off trend. Although skinnies are not out, they’re not new these days. Straight legs are definitely popular—especially wide straight legs. Boots are just a smaller flare now. Some of the styles that are more notable are cropped and high-rise flares. The cropped flare styles are the perfect way to showcase your heels and sandals, and the high-rise flares elongate your legs and make your waist look slimmer. These are fresh silhouettes in line with the '70s fashion, which is so popular right now.” — Tim Kaeding, co-founder and designer, Mother

In:

“I think the one trend that is definitely still in is the high-rise flare! I'm obsessed with our High Rise Bell Canyon in Joannie because it has just the right amount of edge, especially when paired with a leather moto jacket and vintage tee or plaid shirt.”  Paige Adams-Geller, founder and creative director, Paige

Out:

“The denim style I think that is out for fall is the really tricked-out moto jean with intense seaming details at the knee.”  Paige Adams-Geller

Paige High-Rise Bell Canyon Jeans ($189)

 

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