2021 Denim Trends To Try Now That Skinny Jeans Are Dead

2021 Denim Trends To Try Now That Skinny Jeans Are Dead
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I don’t think I will ever get tired of buying jeans. Yes, searching for a pair that actually fits me perfectly can sometimes be challenging, but I feel downright euphoric whenever I find The Perfect Pair. If you’re a denim-lover like me, you’re going to flip out over these 2021 jean trends. And if you’re even half the shopaholic that I am, you’ll want to buy a few new pairs right now.

While I’m definitely not advocating for a mass clean-out from your denim drawer, I am a fan of adding at least one new and trendy style to your rotation every few months. The mid-spring sartorial slump is like, really real this year and I’m not totally sure why. Honestly, it’s probably because I haven’t had many reasons to get fully dressed up in what feels like forever. But, all of that is changing right now, and I think that bringing a new pair of trendy jeans into my life will revitalize my style. Here’s hoping!

So, I scoured the internet to get you the scoop on all things denim for the upcoming year. Hint: They’re anything but boring. For instance, brands like The Ragged Priest and DL1961 prove just how popular the low-rise denim trend has been over the last few months. Yes, you read that correctly—Low-rise jeans are cool again! So are flares, baggy silhouettes and even embroidery. Oh, and skinny jeans, according to Gen Z, are pretty much out.

Whether you’re a hardcore denim fan who wears jeans with every outfit or just someone who want to look like they stepped right out of a 2021 Fashion Trends Pinterest board, I’m here to help. Read on to shop 10 of the trendiest jeans of the season.

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Shawty Get Loose

When it comes to 2021 denim trends, there’s only one real rule for you to follow: the baggier the jean, the better. Whoever said that jeans couldn’t be comfortable has never tried a pair like this! Seriously—they basically feel like sweats.

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Courtesy of PrettyLittleThing.

Split Knee Wide Leg Jogger Jeans

These slouchy black distressed jeans from PrettyLittleThing are going to replace your skinnies like, immediately. Style them with an equally oversized t-shirt or hoodie for a relaxed, cool-girl look.


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Courtesy of Bershka.

‘90s Baggy Fit Jeans

The ’90s are back! At least, their jeans are. This pair of light-wash jeans from Bershka is super affordable, so they’re worth buying if you want to give the baggy denim trend a spin without committing too many of your hard-earned dollars to the cause.

Drop it Low

Speaking of ’90s-era jeans, I’m here to tell you that low-rise denim is officially back in a big way in 2021. It looks like my mom was right when she said that trends repeat themselves every 20 years! Does anyone know where my old jeans from middle school might be?

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Courtesy of The Ragged Priest.

Release Wide Leg Jean

The Ragged Priest designs some of the coolest pairs of jeans on the internet, no questions asked. Case in point? This particular pair of low-rise baggy jeans retails for under $100. On-trend denim that I can actually afford? Sign me up!

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Courtesy of DL1961.

Emma Skinny Low Rise Jean

If you absolutely must wear skinny jeans in 2021, you need to make sure they have a low-rise (and are from a brand as cool and as sustainable as DL1961.) Otherwise, why bother with them at all? Fortunately, this pair is cute enough to cut it.


Flare Out

We’ve already discussed that retro-inspired denim is popular again in 2021—and the ’70s are just as popular as the ’90s! Flare jeans are everywhere right now, in a ton of colors, washes and patterns, so you can choose how retro you go.

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Courtesy of Warp+Weft.

Mia High Rise Flair Jean

Warp+Weft is known across the internet for their range of inclusive and on-trend denim styles. This light-wash pick doesn’t have a massive flare at the bottom, so they’re a great option if you’re still easing into the look.


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Courtesy of We The Free.

Just Float On Flare Jeans

Want to go big with your flare?  This groovy version from We the Free will look amazing styled with a chunky pair of platform sandals and a corset cropped top.


Skater Fit

Skaters have long been a source of style inspiration to me, especially when it comes to their denim preferences. I mean, they always look so cool in their slightly distressed duds. Get the look without the skills this season in a pair of loose jeans with just the right amount of knee rippage.

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Courtesy of Re/DONE.

High Rise Loose Jeans

Buying a pair of jeans from cult-favorite denim brand Re/DONE will cost you some serious coin—but the splurge is always worth it. I mean, why else would they have an army of celebrity street-style endorsements? This pair of High Rise Loose Jeans is essential in my wardrobe.

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Courtesy of Zara.

Wide Leg Full Length Ripped Jeans

Ah, Zara. How did it take me this long to talk about their denim range? Not only is it super affordable but they always have all the coolest styles in stock. Case in point: this high-rise light wash pair that I love so very much.


Pattern Play

Summer 2021 is a great time to completely reinvent your style with some patterned jeans, don’t you think? There are so many options to choose from, whether you choose an all-over print or more subtle embroidered detailing.

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Courtesy of Reformation.

Cynthia Toile High Rise Straight Jeans

These blue and white jeans from Reformation are reminding me that fashion is, in fact, supposed to be fun. You have enough plain old dark-wash jeans hanging in your closet and you definitely don’t need another pair that’s full of holes.

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Courtesy of Pilcro.

The Slim Boyfriend Jeans

Not a fan of colorful jeans? Why not give an embroidered pair a spin this season? This option from Pilcro is available in both straight and extended sizing and comes in a few different inseam lengths. Yes, these are perfect.

A version of this article previously appeared in December 2020.

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