Guest Post: Denim Trends

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I asked the Denim Debutante, Jaime, to write a guest post for all of you Fantabulously Frugal readers, looking at this season’s denim trends. I promise you Jaime knows what she’s talking about, as her entire website is dedicated to denim! (I read the site religiously and learn something new about denim each and every day!)

Heads up: As the denim examples you’ll see here are all designer brands ($$$), use this post as a style guide when shopping for more frugal alternatives! (Or subscribe to Denim Debutante and find out when these jeans go on sale!)

There’s no way around it – denim is hot for this upcoming season. From runway shows like Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and so many more, there is no excuse to not have a great pair of go-to denim available for you. These are my seven picks for the hottest, most accessible styles available this season.

1. Boyfriend:

Loose and comfortable, the boyfriend jean is here to stay… at least for two or three more seasons. Whether you like the less fitted, casual distressed look of the Current/Elliott Boyfriends or prefer a more tailored fit like that of, say, the April 99 BF, you’ll find one that works for you. Still hesitant to try out the trend? Check out the summer season’s boyfriend shorts. Cute and not overly baggy… with enough length to keep you from looking like you want to be 18. Shown below: AG The Ex-Boyfriend Crop in 17 Year Damaged ($225,

2. Studded:

Studding is beyond in… virtually every brand is throwing something into their line with studs, including TopShop’s sold out studded shorts. These are truly a must-have (or must-DIY, if you know how to) because if you’re only going to choose one fashion trend to run with this season, this one is it. Current/Elliott has made a great option for these as well, but one of my favorites for the season is Sass & Bide’s “Did It for the Club” jeans ($220,

3. Super Skinny/Legging-style Denim:

I made myself try on a pair of the Current/Elliott “The Legging” cut while I was in Seattle at Aritzia…. and I also happened to see the Faux-Denim Leggings, courtesy of Rock & Republic. While I don’t like the latter, the former is a great blend of light, fitted skinny denim. As for the faux-denim? I wish it would die. I’m serious… there’s nothing at all sexy about a pair of leggings with painted on pockets, being worn as pants. Avoid them like the plague. But the ultra-sleek silhouette of Rich & Skinny’s Legacy Jean is ideal ($145, Nordstrom’s)

4. Ankle-length Zip Skinny:

I’m not just saying this because I own these, but because everywhere you turn, every single “upcoming denim” thing you see… these are it. They are so back that there are no words. Whether you like the Genetic Denim Recessive Skinny Ankle Zip, the J Brand Deal Skinny Zip, or one of the countless other styles out there now (, you’ll be able to find one that works for you. Plus, they work great for tucking into boots come colder weather…. just sayin’. Shown below: The Ankle Skinny Jean from Blank ($78,

5. Tie-Dye:

While I’m not a fan of this and genuinely hope that it will go away, part of me knows it won’t, and the cloudy wash is a nice blend between the fierce design of the tie-dye and a wearable style. Shown below: J Brand 12″ Low Rise Pencil in Cult ($217,

6. Super Distressed:

From the Siwy Hannah Distressed (seen below in the Bluestorm wash, $205, to the large majority of Current/Elliott styles… well, virtually every single brand out there today is making distressed denim. This trend just isn’t going anywhere, so don’t expect it to. Interested in doing it to your own jeans so you don’t spend a crapload of money? I’ve done it, and posted a DIY step-by-step here. Go check it out.

7. Colored Denim:

Bright is back. Whether you like the subtle greens and blues or a vibrant red or yellow, the allure of plain denim just isn’t really cutting it anymore. There are some colors that I’d avoid at all times (pink tends to be one of them, particularly if you’re a redhead!), but most of them are good to go. My favorites are the Rich & Skinny colored jeans (since they’re one of the brands who has been doing colored denim for quite some time now!) as well as some of the color options available through the wallet-friendly (and aptly-named) brand Cheap Monday. Shown below: Ksubi’s Super Skinny Zip in Electric Blue ($200,

Many of these can even be modified yourself (the super-distressed, studded, tie-dyed) and you can find a look that in uniquely you! Enjoy the coming colder weather in style, thanks to all these amazing options.

And come visit me at if you want to learn more about what’s available to you!

So what do you all think about these denim trends? Yay or nay?

3 comments on Guest Post: Denim Trends

  1. Kathie @ my net finds
    August 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Nay. I think they're all hideous except for the studded. Also, these new fads are only for the super skinny, boo to that! how many american women are super skinny? yeah, exactly.

  2. Taryn
    August 27, 2009 at 1:11 am (9 years ago)

    All I can say is that studs, zippers and tie-dye are all the things from the 80's/90's that I grew up with and then turned unpopular- it is the first time I have seen stuff turn around. It is weird.

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