Most fashion trends come and go like a revolving door, but the one constant we can always count on is the mainstay of denim. Sure, we’ve also seen plenty of trendy iterations of the true-blue American classic—from the extreme acid washes, to the sweeping silhouettes, to the overload of studded embellishments—but the true testament of varied denim styles is that every evolved pair of jeans is inevitably bound to return en vogue at some point.
And the origins of these trends begin with the denim innovations themselves, with all its latest technology woven right into the fiber of the jeans we swear by. Ahead, check out the five ways denim is reinventing itself—and the new styles you ought to zip into this spring. Best of all, you can shop all the Old Navy pieces we feature in our shopping unit above.
Photo credit: Mid Rise Rockstar Built In Sculpt Jeans; $47 at Old Navy
The thing about jeans that promise to make your butt look good is that the fabric is usually too damn stiff and tight—it’s denim that literally squeeze your curves in numbing ways. Luckily, the new sculpting fabric in Old Navy’s Rockstar Jeans actually allow you to have a comfortable booty, without sacrificing the slimming effect you’d want in skinnies. With just the slight amount of stretch and recovery added to the fabric, these are ideal jeans for those who want to appear well-rounded in exactly the right places.
Contrasting denim—that look of darker-dyed denim at the very bottom of lighter-wash denim—was a huge trend last year and it won’t be slowing down any time soon in 2016. The initial style, which comes from the look when a pair of jeans is left raw, unhemmed, and flattened out at the leg opening, is taking more innovative strides this spring. Expect to find contrasting blue panels along the sides of jeans, blockier patchwork, and the look of “missing” butt pockets, all created by the use of richer indigo concoctions.
Photo credit: Mid Rise Super Soft Rockstar Jeans; $33 at Old Navy
Super-stretchy jeans inevitably sag and lose their shape at the knees. Jeggings get a bad rap for looking too informal (plus, they’re not fooling anyone). And waistbands feel all too much like an oversized rubber band. So, what’s a girl with an affinity for soft denim to do? A half-and-half fabric combo is just the answer—we’re talking about half the fabric make-up as sturdy cotton, while the other half is a blend of softening materials like lycra, polyester, and rayon. Check out these Super Soft Rockstar Jeans from Old Navy for a buttery luxe denim that actually moves with your body.
A pair of denim jeans generally follows a simple leg-shape of straight, flared, skinny, or wide. But this year, denim will be taking on slightly more skewed silhouettes for more flattering and chic styling. Think: Slightly baggier, mom-like jeans with outer seams that curve inwards and taper off to give the pants a bit more structure and shape.
Photo credit: Mid Rise Stay White Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans; $36 at Old Navy
STAIN-REPELLING WHITE DENIM
Yes, you read that correctly. You’d think that by now a pair of white jeans that repels stains and spills exists—and lucky for us in 2016, the future of alabaster pants is finally here. Similar to your most trusted rain gear, these Stay White Rockstar Jeans from Old Navy are constructed out of a denim blend that’s conveniently designed to withstand accidental food mishaps and outdoor smudgery. It doesn’t mean we’re actually suggesting you play soccer and eat BBQ in these pants, but know that the option is there if you so please.
Photography: Tom Medvedich
Stylist: Sofia Achaval
Hair/Makeup: Joanna Simkin
Model: Jasmine Garnsworthy
Producer: Drew Tillman