It’s been the world’s favorite fabric since kids like James Dean made jeans more than rebellious workwear. More recently, 90s babes Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears showed us it was good for far more than trousers, jackets, and the occasional pair of overalls. You must know what I’m referring to by now. The fabric of the century is, obviously, denim and I’m about to tell you how you should be wearing it this fall. This isn’t an overview of all denim wear though. You need to hone in on one wardrobe item: that trusty pair of well-worn jeans. I’m not saying to purge your wardrobe of the pieces you’ve broken in for years. Just don’t be afraid of trying something new and restocking the shelves. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you refresh your denim collection.
SKINNY AND SLIM
Let’s kick things off with a simple look everyone is wearing. Slim cut jeans aren’t as fashionable as they used to be, but they’re not going away anytime soon. A clean pair tapered through the leg will get you through casual Friday and a long weekend of leisure. No problem.
WIDE LEG PANTS
This trend doesn’t just apply to billowing silk trousers flapping on the beach. Jeans are getting in on the generous cut leg too. If you’re a fan of the cropped flare made famous by millennial stars like Selena Gomez, get to work with those scissors. This fall, make wide your new slim.
STRAIGHT AND SIMPLE
The relaxed cut jean isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a drastic upgrade, it might be best to by-pass this style for something more dynamic. Yet, if you’re a casual girl who loves her simple jeans, a straight leg or two will do you good.
BELL-BOTTOMS ARE BACK
Modern bell-bottoms are fitted through the thigh and flare out wide when they reach the knee. These are epic trousers, great for a vintage outfit if you have sleek long legs to showcase. 70s chic your preferred look? Go for a flared pair with vertical black and white stripes.
Don’t let anyone tell you bootcut jeans are only for cowgirls. These trousers will slim any silhouette with their relaxed fit and slight ankle flare. They’re also a worthy companion for your fall booties. Designers don’t call them ‘bootcut’ for nothing.
If wide leg pants and bootcut jeans don’t do it for you, go for the most exaggerated flare on the market and put on a pair of palazzos. If JNCOs had fashion sense, they’d look like this. One or two pairs will give your wardrobe a nice, Parisian touch.
When air-tight waistlines and super skinny jeans have you gasping for breath, it’s time for a change. Why not raid your guy’s closet and adopt a baggy, put-together look? Boyfriend jeans are really taking off this fall. You should definitely be on the bandwagon.
Here’s another way to extend those voluptuous legs of yours. Slip on jeans with a 9 or 10-inch reach that stretches above your belly button. Just be careful these affectionately named ‘mom jeans’ don’t awkwardly highlight your abdomen. You want to emphasize your legs, not your gut.
It’s time you refined on your collection of jeans into the perfect combination of tapered trousers, wide leg pants, bootcut hems, and more. Essentially, get serious about how you wear the one piece of clothing everyone has buried somewhere in their wardrobe. Details matter, even when it comes to jeans.
— Julie Grossman