The jean styles everyone is wearing

Get to know the key denim styles on everyone's hips this season


Words by Nicole Thomsen
October 17th, 2016

The decade of the skinny jean owning and dominating the entire denim market came to an end (but not forgotten) in 2015, creating an opening in the market for new, reinvented and simply forgotten-about silhouettes. Partly down to Normcore, mom jeans became the denim of choice, ultimately leading the way for baggier but also more rigid styles.

But in 2016, it’s no longer the case of one style of jeans being the go-to. From kick flares to boyfriend jeans and straight leg fits, get to know the key trends this season and amp up your wardrobe now.

Stepped hems

Step-hemmed jeans (meaning the hem is longer on one side) are by far the most popular style of denim this year – just scroll through Instagram for proof. The genius design stems from Vetements, of course, where two pairs of vintage denim were torn apart and sewn together to create the design detail that has fast made its way around fashion circles. This deconstructed mom jean is perfect for showing off your new shoes this autumn.

Style tip: If you’re looking for a way to update your favourite pair of skinnies, take a scissors to the hems for a DIY step hem.

Topshop Reclaim to Wear
Pernille Teisbaek


“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” OK, it’s currently autumn but the infamous quote from Miranda Priestly still holds its ground as florals have become a go-to print for the colder season, albeit in darker, moodier shades. But what’s refreshing this time is their incorporation on denim in the form of embroidery. Thankfully, there’s nothing sickly sweet about these styles as the borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette balances them out.

Gucci Pre-Fall
María Bernad

Frayed hems

The devil is in the detail, or along the hem in the case of this latest denim trend as seen at Marques’Almeida and Alexander Wang. From extreme fraying to subtle raw hems, it’s all a bit rough around the edges. While this distressed element works on all shapes from straight leg to mom jeans, a kick flare with heavily distressed hems looks best.

Linda Tol
Marques'Almeida AW16

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For more decorative denim inspo, see our trend page here.