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If I’m being honest, I wear denim almost every single day (even if I’m working from home). I love how you can dress it up or down, and there are so many flattering styles that never fail to make me feel like a sartorial queen—especially with the influx of high-waisted and vintage-inspired denim looks these past few years. If you’ve also been loving the recent denim styles trickling in for the new season, you’ll be glad to hear that the fall 2020 jean trends are full of your favorites (with a couple new styles making their way into the scene, as well). Based on both the runways from fashion month and street style looks, we can predict all the stunning denim trends you’re sure to see pop up everywhere this fall and winter.
It’s no secret that jeans are one of the world’s most versatile sartorial staples (and also one that never (never!) goes out of style). Jeans are especially perfect for crafting swoon-worthy ensembles mostly due to the fact that they work well with just about anything—especially when it comes to fall looks. Mustard, dark fuchsia, navy and gray are all classic autumnal hues that pair so damn well with denim. An oversized mustard pullover with some light wash jeans and booties? Perfection. A gray cropped cardigan with some black jeans and fashion sneakers? Iconic. A fuchsia turtleneck with some dark wash jeans? Endlessly cool. There are so many gorgeous ways to style denim during the fall and winter, so you might as well stock up on a few of the trends heading our way.
If you’re not someone who pays close attention to all the different fashion runways during fashion month or pours over street style looks for hours, have no fear. We did the research for you—and thankfully, the runways and streets were filled with 2020 denim trends we can wait to wear ASAP. As one door closes, another opens, and the jean trends for the remainder of the year are the perfect combination of old and new styles. Vintage denim fans, you’ll love some of the high-waisted styles that will pervade everyone’s wardrobes in fall 2020. Skinny jean-lovers will be thrilled, too, thanks to the continuation of this trend, as well. No matter the style of your go-to pair of jeans, you’re sure to find something that suits you from the 2020 jean trends.
Below, you’ll find the seven denim trends that are must-shop for 2020. Whether you live in jeans year-round and can’t wait to add a few new styles for your wardrobe or have yet to find your ~perfect pair~ of jeans, these denim trends are here to help you on your most sartorially excellent denim journey. Using jeans as the base of any ensemble is a surefire way to end up with a look that will get you compliment after compliment, so do yourself a favor and consider denim the ultimate wardrobe essential this fall. You won’t regret it once you see all the incredible styles designers have to offer right now.
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1. Rip It Up
Because the fashion universe knows we can’t wait for our parents to comment on the holes in our jeans (*eye roll*), ripped and distressed denim is on-trend for 2020. Pair these hole-filled wonders with a graphic tee and an oversized blazer or an effortlessly chic wrap top. The possibilities are endless on this one.
These high-waisted ripped jeans would look amazing with any graphic tee you own.
These oh-so-chic cropped flare jeans have the perfect amount of rip for everyday wear, but won’t leave you feeling like half your leg is showing when the temperatures cool down.
2. Boot-Cut Baby
Former horse girls (You know who you are.) rejoice, because boot-cut jeans are in for 2020. This style is very ’70s mixed with a little bit of the early aughts, so go ahead and grow your hair long and grab a poncho to achieve the full look.
A dark wash boot-cut jean to complement all your favorite tops this fall—from floral blouses to cropped cardigans.
A cropped boot-cut jean is a fun alternative to longer styles. You can show off all your favorite booties while still achieving the classic boot-cut look.
3. High-Rise & Wide-Leg.
More fabric, please. High-rise wide-leg jeans are here for 2020, and I’m pretty happy about it. Whether you like your wide-leg denim to hit the floor or prefer it cropped, as long as it’s high-waisted, you’re good to go. This style of denim is perfect for pairing with feminine blouses or cropped sweaters.
Look long and lean in these wide-leg and high-waisted jeans from WeWoreWhat this fall. The creamy hue is a fun lead-up to winter white.
High-waisted and wide-leg jeans look absolutely adorable in a lighter wash for fall—just add some darker autumnal hues!
4. Skinny Legend
Everyone loves a good skinny jean, am I right? Luckily for all of us who have seven pairs of this style in our closets, the high-waisted skinny jean isn’t going anywhere in 2020. Wear your favorite pair with an oversized sweater in the fall and turtleneck with a statement duster jacket in the winter.
Pair these cute skinny jeans with your favorite sneakers for a fall look that’s beyond easy.
These high-waisted jeans will look great paired with your favorite autumnal hues and all the neutral pieces in your closet.
5. Long Form
Ankle jeans? Don’t know her. Long jeans are in for 2020, so go ahead and forego shaving your legs. This style of denim is perfectly paired with crop tops to add a little bit of contrast in lengths. Wear your tiniest blouse with these long jeans before the weather cools off and cop a fuzzy cropped sweater in the fall.
Long jeans are perfect for pairing with heels, and these lighter wash jeans from Victoria Beckham are sure to work well with your tallest pair.
Play with color and choose a pair of long jeans that boast a fun hue this fall!
6. Pleat-Front, Please
Pleat-front pants are trending for 2020, so it only makes sense that pleat-front jeans are also set to make a place in the new year. This style of denim is basically made for tucking in chic blouses or graphic tees and cinching that waist of yours with a belt. Vintage vibes all day.
These light-wash pleated jeans would look adorable with nearly everything in your closet.
Mom jeans aren’t going out of style any time soon, so why not combine that trend with the pleat-front trend and call it a day?
7. Shorty Get Loose
While long jeans are in for 2020, so are short jeans. Whether it be jean cut-offs, denim capris or (Don’t hate me for this.) denim bermuda shorts, you can re-purpose any old pair to become trendy for 2020. Just take a pair of scissors on your high school denim and get to work.
These will quickly become your new favorite pair for the season.
A classic light wash cropped jean looks great paired with mustard sweaters and dark fuchsia blouses for fall.
A version of this story was originally published on Dec 31, 2019.