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Trending 26 April 2023

Denim 101: New Season Styles to Know

During the winter and spring months, you can blend four key denim trends into your everyday rotation to add to your core denim styling.

Denim is classically timeless and trendy, despite the rise of different silhouettes constantly evolving and changing. As a result, denim has become one of the hottest trends to grace the recent Spring-Summer runways. The New York and Paris fashion weeks have been filled with denim silhouettes, cool blue jean outfits, and hybrid looks (think low-rise jeans with wide legs).

Words By Erin Visagie

The Y2K Low Rise Jean

We are in the midst of a low-rise denim craze drawn from the early 1990s to the early 2000s! As homage to the y2k movement, celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Camila Mendes, and Kim Kardashian have been wearing this look.

A low-rise style has existed since the 1960s but became popular in the early 2000s. Yet, the current style is influenced by the Y2K movement but with a higher waist and a loose, relaxed silhouette. Several major fashion brands, including Bottega Veneta, Jacquemus, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Sandy Liang and Dior, took cooler takes on a slaying look with beautiful low-rise looks in their S/S 23 collections.

If you’re looking for a stunning pair of straight jeans to splurge on, try the new Valentino Garavani Low-rise straight jeans. A low-slung fit and straight legs bunched around the ankles give these jeans an effortless, relaxed vibe.

Regarding low-rise jeans, Diesel is a brand that can’t be ignored. The Diesel flared low-rise denim jeans come in a stunning blue cotton blend, with a low rise, belt loops and zip fly fastening, pockets, a gorgeous flared fit, and Diesel’s logo on the front, and they’re the perfect mix of the 70s bell bottom style and the Y2K low rise trend. Flare jeans give the appearance of longer, slimmer legs, are highly flattering around the waist, thighs, and knees, and make you look taller.

It’s more than just jeans that look great in low-rise looks; if you don’t like jeans, try a stylish Micromini denim skirt instead. Perfect for adding chic vibes to your wardrobe, the Pretty Little Thing Vintage Belted Micro Mini Denim Skirt will surely be a wardrobe staple with its low-rise fit and belt.

Valentino Low-rise Straight Jeans, $1400, Mythresa

Maxi Skirt Mania

Across the SS runways in 2023, distressed denim maxi skirts from Maison Margiela, high-cut denim skirts from Burberry, and moody dark washes from Balenciaga made a big impression.

For summer, maxis are often styled with cropped tops and Y2K-like jackets, while for winter, split hems allow flashes of skin between floor-scraping materials.

Among the best denim maxi skirts, the Diesel high-waisted denim skirt is an excellent pick since high waists are universally flattering. Diesel’s version of the denim maxi skirt features an a-line silhouette and a front button fastening that creates a modern and minimalist feel throughout the garment.

GRLFRND’s Bianca Reconstructed Split Hem Maxi is another cute denim maxi skirt. It’s simple and sultry, and the acid wash creates a magnificent look. An incredibly beautiful skirt made from reclaimed vintage fabrics with distressed 4 pocket styling and a raw-cut hem. You’ll love how it flatters your curves in all the right places, and it’s perfect for the sustainable consumer.

COLLUSION’s denim contrast stitch maxi skirt is perfect for those who love a contrast stitch look. Gray is edgy and can be added to your wardrobe thanks to its low rise and regular fit, as well as functional pockets.

Diesel High-Waisted Denim Skirt, $440, Farfetch

Be Extra with Embellished Denim

Adding sparkle and shine to your denim looks has never been easier. You can add pizzazz to any outfit with embellished denim, which includes everything from studs to prints to bedazzlements. On the NYFW Fall/Winter 2023 runways, brands such as PatBo and Area have reworked denim to create  looks like hand-sewn bejewelled blues and substantial sparkle.

The ROTATE jeans are embellished with sequins and will make you look and feel gorgeous. The straight-leg silhouette and stretchy denim make these jeans an excellent choice for flattering shapes. As an added bonus, the pants are covered in dazzling sequins from the Copenhagen-based label. You’ll be sure to turn heads and amp up any look with it.

You’ll love the AREA blue slit Jeans, whether you wear them on a night out or for everyday wear. There are belt loops and five pockets on these jeans, and they have crystal cutouts by the knees, which create an air of minimalism and goddess-like elegance.

This pair of straight-leg Bershka jeans with butterfly detail in blue is the perfect example of why you can never go wrong with high-rise jeans. They have a sophisticated white butterfly print, belt loops, five pockets, and a straight-leg fit. They’re perfect for someone who enjoys a little extra without making too much noise, and the minimal style of these jeans is perfect for styling with different tees for various cute looks.

ROTATE Sequin-Embellished Jeans, $385, Farfetch

Cargo Chic

The cargo jeans were a hot trend during fashion months at brands such as Fendi, Tibi, Dior, Dries Van Noten, and Jonathan Simkhai. Historically speaking, cargo jeans were designed for utility, comfort, and convenience, but today they are styled in new and exciting ways.

Club-ready cargo pants dominated the runways, as did errand-ready cargo pants, such as Blumarine’s flared hem denim cargo pants (gorgeous) and Versace’s satin textile cargo pants. Also, cargo jeans are easy to style for a night out or during the day. Our favourite trendsetters have stepped out wearing cargo pants, including Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Zendaya.

Look no further than the GANNI +NET SUSTAIN Boyfriend organic jeans made from GOTS-certified organic cotton. These jeans are made with people and the planet in mind, as well as the relaxed boyfriend jeans shape that sits lower on the hips to flatter the figure. Plus, there are plenty of pockets.

The ASOS Design Ultimate cargo jeans have a cute contrast thread design that will make you stand out. A relaxed fit, tapered legs, mid-rise, five functional pockets, and cargo detailing make these pants seriously stylish. Fashionistas looking for an edgy street-style look will love them, plus they have a fantastic hanging piece to add to their street-style appeal.

These oversized ASOS DESIGN petite cotton low-rise cargo jeans suit petite girls well. They are versatile in mid-wash blue and feature a mid-rise fit, belt loops and more pockets, so say hello to cute baggy cargo pants that won’t need extra hemming! Finally!

Ganni Net Sustain Boyfriend Organic Jeans, $275, Net-A-Porter