The most exciting thing about the 2020 denim trends, is the diversity of style available. Regardless of body type, silhouette, or wash preference, there is bound to be something for everyone. Below is a summary of the most prominent and wearable denim trends, along with images of each and shoppable links. In coming weeks, I’ll be highlighting tips on how best to style each one!
After a literal decade of nothing but painted on skinny jeans, the silhouette I find to be a breathe of fresh air is the bootcut. The 2020 bootcut is a bit more refined and narrow than those that may still be hanging out in the back of your closet. Many are described as a baby bootcut or even referred to as a demi bootcut , mini bootcut or kick bootcut. Today’s bootcut is defined by an easy slim fit from the waist to the knee, at which point the leg widens to the hem. The rise is much higher now than the last time around and the length is really up to you. I love a floor grazing bootcut with a pointed toe bootie peeking out. The square toe trend that is just beginning to trickle out would be a nice touch here as well. But if you are going to go full length, you must commit 100% and the hem should cover your entire shoe and dust the ground. Another option, is the ankle length that is so on trend at the moment. In this case, the hem would hit at the ankle and is best worn with pumps or perhaps strappy heels.
The flare jean is almost a more extreme variation of the bootcut. Like the bootcut, there is a higher rise, a slim (not tight) silhouette to the knee, with a slightly wider flare to the hemline. The flare has been creeping in over the last two seasons by way of cropped styles. Again, you have the choice of a full length or ankle/cropped with this one. Rest assured, then trend is much more subdued than in decades past, making it very wearable for a variety of body types. However, if you are still skeptical, I would recommend easing your way in with a pair of the bootcut jeans discussed above.
The wide leg trend has begun to pervade everything from jeans to trousers to chinos. There will be wide leg full lengths available as well as wide leg crops that will hit between the muscular portion of the calf and the ankle bone. You may also see the full length version referred to as sailor pants. The weight of the fabric is important here because it will impact the drape of the jean. This will dictate if it is a dressy or more casual look. Loafer are coming back in a big way this season and look chic pair with a cropped wide leg!
Straight leg jeans are nothing new to the fashion scene, but they are present as ever this year. These are what you conjure when thinking of classic jeans. The fabric tends to be more of a rigid denim, with less stretch. The should skin over the body and, if anything, be a bit on the looser side. Straight leg jeans are generally more of a mid-rise and should hit at the ankle bone. These provide ample shoe options as there are very few that don’t pair well with them. Done best, the wash should be light or medium. The amount of distressing is up to you. The nature of this style is a bit bulky at the top, so a front tuck or shirt that hits just below the waist is most flattering.
Don’t panic, there are still skinny jeans to be found. The 2020 trend of these is more of a slim leg or cigarette jean. They are an ankle length, and that is basically non-negotiable at this point. A slim leg jean that does not, will cause them to appear dated. The fabric has gotten slightly more substantial as opposed to the lightweight “jegging” hocked by every retailer in recent years. The new look is more refined and definitely more elevated look.
I would love to hear your thoughts – what styles are you excited about? Are there any that you want to try, but are a little apprehensive? Comment below!