Here’s the least surprising newsflash in fashion: denim is trending. Like it was last season and last year … and pretty much ever since people started wearing pants. That part might be obvious, but what can get a little tricky is knowing which particular trend is taking off today. Every season brings (or brings back) different ways to wear denim, whether it’s in the details, cuts or colors. Right now jeans are having a retro moment, and it’s all about the ‘90s. Think high waists, relaxed fits, distressed details and light washes—casual comfort is the name of the game. We’ve rounded up our latest favorites, along with some brands that are setting the standard right now. A few of these styles may already be in your closet—if not, no worries. We can find the pairs that are perfect for you.
Relaxed jeans are everywhere right now. This isn’t so surprising, given all the love for loungewear—loose-fitting jeans can be just as comfy as your favorite sweats. This sunbaked style from AG sits snug at the wait and hips, then slouches out into wide, straight legs. They’re loose without being too baggy, balancing the relaxed fit with a high waist that elongates your legs and flatters your figure. To keep the look streamlined, wear them with something structured—a fitted cami and a double-breasted blazer offer crisp contrast.
You likely have Levi’s® in your denim collection already, but the brand's slim-straights are an essential addition. This no-frills style is effortlessly cool and up for everything. It’s cut a little closer than the classic straight leg—not as snug as your skinnies, but you can style it the same way. We went with a ruffly, breezy blouse to add some volume and emphasize the denim’s flattering fit. This iconic brand brings more than 150 years of experience to new styles like this, so the vintage-inspired vibe feels especially authentic.
If you haven’t tried distressed denim lately, now’s the time. The trend is still going strong, and it’s more accessible than ever. Take this style from AGOLDE. It brings back a little attitude from the grunge era and makes it modern with high-quality cotton and a flattering fit. We took the edge off with a pale pink tee, sleek jewelry and a square-toe sandal.
Dark denim will never go out of style, but lighter washes are leading the way this season. These colors throw back to the '90s but still feel super fresh today. Case in point: the hand-finished fading on these boyfriend jeans from SLVRLAKE. The brand’s unique open-weave construction creates rich washes and a supersoft feel. The result? Even brand-new blues look perfectly broken in. Wear them with a crisp cotton button-up and leather loafers for a casually polished look.