Once upon a time, skinny jeans were believed to be a mere fashion trend; people seemed to think that the legging-like fad would quickly fade. Fast-forward 10+ years and the denim silhouette is now a wardrobe classic that's still being talked about.
The internet (being the internet) has stirred up a buzz of controversy on the topic over the past year, mainly claiming the style is "out." The debate of skinny jeans not being in style anymore was sparked due to reports of sales being down, which is understandable.
But stats aside, we're confident the fit has only graduated to classic status. Most women already have their skinny jeans at this point, which would explain the slight decrease in sales. Now putting our soft spot for skinny jeans aside, today we're focusing beyond the skin-hugging design and sharing the current of-the-moment styles to own.
So what's next in the blue-jean world? The newest wave of denim consists of five key styles. From the updated vintage look to the wash nearly every celeb is wearing, we want to make sure your closet is stocked with the freshest cuts and colors this year.
Scroll down to shop the five denim styles every girl should own in 2016.
Cropped flares are the skinny jeans of 2016. The silhouette looks good with every single style type and is the go-to jean for celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
This casual design with only a few strategically placed distressed marks and small slits looks just as good with heels as it does with sneakers!
You can easily achieve this cool look at home with this two-step DIY project. Or if you're not feeling crafty, you can shop our frayed-edge picks below—either way, the style is a must.
We're calling it: This edgy reconstructed style is going to blow up by the end of this year. Gigi Hadid is already a fan.
Finding the perfect pair of vintage jeans can be (very) difficult. Luckily plenty of brands have re-created designs inspired by the worn-in look Levi's made so popular.
Which style will you be adding to your wardrobe? We want to know below. And be sure to tag your denim-obsessed friends in the comments as well!
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