These Are the 5 Types of Jeans I'll Wear in 2023, Plus the Styles I'll Toss

I am a bit behind on my annual tradition of a closet clean out at the start of the year, but I'm already preparing mentally for what will be an emotionally challenging affair. You see, I have a deep connection with every item of my clothing. I fondly associate a memory with each thing that I own, and that's especially true with denim. Since denim is so versatile and timeless, my denim drawers are comprised of the most worn items in my closet.

That being said, there are some denim trends that have come and gone as of late. After some difficult conversations with myself, I've gathered the strength to part ways with these trends knowing it will be a few years before they come back into play. (Plus, I'm working with a small NYC closet, so I need the space.) Below, find the five trends I'm bidding adieu to. 

Wearing: Low-Rise

Tossing: Paper-Bag Jeans


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I remember when I first started working in fashion, paper-bag jeans were all the rage. They were even more high-waisted than the high-waisted styles everyone was buzzing about. Now, I want nothing to do with a high waistline and am all about the low rise. A trend that people once scoffed at and thought would never take over has even caught my mother's attention.

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Wearing: Loose Silhouettes

Tossing: Ultra Cropped


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Lately, all I reach for when I open my closet is a good pair of baggy denim to pair with an oversize sweater of choice. The silhouette may initially sound frumpy, but it can really emphasize the waistline and give off the effortless look we're all after. I'm 100% sold. Overly cropped styles are no longer my cup of tea.

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Wearing: Canadian Tuxedo

Tossing: Patchwork


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A Canadian tuxedo is highly ranked on my list of things that I want to try. It's been a minute since I've worn denim on denim, but I know that it never fails, especially when I don't have much time to get dressed. Since many people might steer away from an outfit like this, it screams "fashion girl" when you're bold enough to take the chance. Patchwork can take a few years off, IMO.

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Wearing: Dark-Wash

Tossing: Bleached


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Dark-wash jeans have taken over. I've been straying away from my lighter washes, especially those bleached styles we used to be all over in 2016. Something feels more elegant and trouser-like about these indigo styles. I believe that French girls would approve.

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Wearing: Denim Maxi Skirts

Tossing: Stirrup Jeans


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I can't stop wearing maxi denim skirts these days and I always get chased down with compliments when I wear them. They're different than the usual denim that everyone else is wearing but still classic and timeless. This new-to-the-scene trend isn't going anywhere for a few years and I'll be wearing it as much as I can. Stirrup jeans kind of fall into the skinny jeans category, so I'm tossing them.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.