Denim came back with a bang during the summer of 2011 and it looks like a few good pairs of jeans will be a girl’s best friend this fall/winter season as well. Gone are the leggings and UGGs of years past. Say hello to more adventurous colors, prints and cuts and pair them with your wardrobe staples to be fashion-forward without over doing it.
Colored denim used to be reserved for hipsters but it has become a wardrobe staple for those of us who want to be trendy and fun. Ankle-length colored denim in primary colors is something that can be worn in both spring and fall. Pair the pants with a tailored white top and ballet flats for a classic look. Throw on some ankle boots with a loose gauzy top and suede jacket for an edgier appeal.
Waxy denim has the sex appeal of leather without the 80s hair band references. Grab a pair in classic black to pair with suede booties for daytime and sky-high stilettos for going out. Wear a draped top to temper the tightness of this denim style. Stick to neutral or darker colors since this trend will be too hot (temperature-wise) for spring outfits.
Just like leopard print shirts, shoes and accessories, printed pants have finally become fashionable. Some of the biggest designers featured them in their fall shows and many celebrities have been seen sporting this bold trend (despite even more 80s hair band references). Wear these pants with simple, solid shirts and sweaters and keep to plain accessories. Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted in a leopard-print pair of skinny jeans with a blush-colored jacket and delicate heels.
This year’s denim cutoffs are best worn slouchy and slightly baggy. You don’t have to be a twig to pull this style off, just make sure you pair these pants with a tailored top. Roll the cutoffs to mid-calf if you’re tall, above the calf if you’re shorter. Pair them with heels for a more sophisticated look, or flats for a casual brunch date. The best part of this trend is you can finally do something with your ex’s jeans that involves violently cutting them up (just keep the pointy end of the scissors away from you).
Remember when skinny jeans were the best thing since sliced bread? Now the flare is back and better than ever. From updated trouser styles with high waists to innovative mini flares at the ankle, the flare is reappearing in designers’ lines in many different ways. Slimmer versions are great over low, heeled boots, while the micro-flare (notably by Joe’s Jeans) looks tailored with flats and a blazer. Flared jeans are one of the most form-flattering styles for a woman’s body. Just make sure you choose a well-cut pair in the right length. Get the jeans tailored if you need to, leaving enough length to wear heels with them.