No longer just a weekend wardrobe staple, designers from Khaite and The Row to Altuzarra and Chloé have cemented denim as a luxury item with the runway seal of approval. Back to Altuzarra: At their SS23 show, the boho brand sent a denim maxi skirt down the catwalk that instantly reached cult status. This spring also marked the official send-off of the skinny jean, with baggy jeans stepping in as the welcome replacement. Slouchy styles from Goldsign and Halfboy are best worn alongside other elevated essentials, like a crisp button-up shirt or a plain but perfect white tee. While white jeans are a year-round staple), the light wash is especially fitting for the summer season.
From White Tees to Blue Jeans 80 Closet Essentials Perfect for Spring & Summer
Denim overshirts are a street style staple. With endless stylistic opportunities, we suggest leaving yours open layered over a tank top for the ultimate transitional outfit formula. Equally popular are jean jackets from Dries Van Noten to Nili Lotan. The closet classic is also home to a new style this season: the denim dress. With the ease and elegance of an everyday shirtdress, denim dresses are a fresh way to wear the essential. The denim suit vest is another stylish interpretation to invest in this summer to wear atop a classic blue jean or even a pair of denim Bermuda shorts.
The Denim Overshirt
When it comes to crafting a transitional outfit formula, a denim overshirt is a prized layering piece. The staple is also street style approved–during any Fashion Week, you can spot several of fashion’s chicest insiders draped in denim overshirts from Khaite and The Row to Tibi and Slvrlake. Get in on the trend, below.
The Jean Skirt
The style is equally simple as it is sophisticated, worn best with a polished loafer or a stylish sneaker. Options, most notably those from Altuzarra and Khaite, are runway-ready, while Agolde’s Hilla maxi skirt is a star all on its own.
The secret to any chic summer capsule wardrobe is a pair of bright white jeans. In ecru, ivory, or cream, see the style as a blank canvas for all of your seasonal accessories to shine, such as a festive raffia tote or a sleek sandal.
The Baggy Blue Jean
Baggy blue jeans might be the coolest (and most comfortable) denim trend to try this season. While the slouchy style may lend itself to more casual outfits, it can be dressed up all the same with a tiny kitten heel or minimalist handbag.
The Jean Jacket
A jean jacket is a consistent closet classic no matter the season. This spring and summer, however, jean jackets from Dries Van Noten and Nili Lotan are reimagined with more modern twists. Also up for grabs is Khaite’s Grizzo jacket, which is inspired by the ’80s with an oversize fit to Anine Bing’s cropped style.
The Denim Day Dress
In the summer months, little is as effortless and easy as a delightful day dress. This season, we’re swapping our poplin shirtdresses and prairie dresses in favor of the denim dress. Both chic and cool, options include those from Co and Goldsign to Citizens of Humanity and Loulou Studio.
The Bermuda Short
Worn over a stylish one-piece swimsuit or a plain white tee, a jean Bermuda short is a denim style not to shy away from this season. Jorts from Raey and Frame featured edgy frayed hems, while options from Slvrlake and Toteme are more demure. Finish the look off with a striped sweater or a fisherman sandal for a notably nautical result.
The Denim Suit Vest
The suit vest, in every iteration, is a piece of relaxed tailoring to invest in this season. Go one step further and try on a denim version from the likes of Agolde and Goldsign to Ulla Johnson and Slvrlake. Double the denim and style the staple with a matching blue jean.
The Denim Accessory
As if you needed more denim, accessories, like Bottega Veneta’s jean Jodie bag or Saint Laurent slides, are a festive finishing touch to any denim outfit idea. The result? Proof that the appetite for all things denim knows no bounds.
The Biggest Men’s Denim & Jeans Trends For 2023
The world’s best designers revisit denim season after season, looking to rework it in new ways. While most denim trends are worth passing on, some demand attention. These are the only ones you need to know.
There are plenty of reasons to not bother with denim trends at all. The classic fabric is often at its best when kept as it left the mill: raw, unwashed and in classic cuts that can be worn year round.
The world’s best designers revisit denim season after season, looking to rework it in new ways. And while most denim trends are worth passing on, some demand attention. From extra relaxed fits to workwear-inspired takes, these are the jeans trends worth considering this year.
Men's loose black jeans, brown cardigan, patterned Harrington jacket and Converse sneakers outfit
Wide-legged trousers are nothing new. Ever since skinny fits went out of favour in the early 2010s, relaxed fits have been creeping their way into the menswear landscape, with old-school wide-legs and boxy cuts becoming the norm for those who’d previously only consider slim fits.
But with jeans it has never really taken off. Sure, straight/regular fits have never really gone away, and tapered designs have become as popular as the omnipresent slim-fit jean, but loose, wider-legged styles have remained the preserve of skaters and other niche subcultures.
However, slowly but surely, relaxed-legged jeans are entering the mainstream – and we think they’re here to stay. Aside from the fact they’re incredibly comfortable and forgiving, wide jeans are surprisingly easy to wear.
There’s no two ways about it, ripped jeans are tricky to pull off. In fact, we’d go as far to say that it’s worth avoiding most pairs of ripped jeans. They’re too easy to get wrong, and more often than not make the wearer look like they’re trying too hard. What’s more, they often ruin the line of the silhouette, resulting in ungainly holes that show off hairy patches of leg that are best left unseen.
There are times when ripped jeans work. They add a rugged edge to all-black looks, or an eccentric feel to layered spring outfits, not completely destroyed, torn apart jeans here; rather, subtly ripped takes with the odd fabric tear or small hole. The more natural they look the better. If said rips have been caused from years of wear and tear then that brings an added level of authenticity to the outfit that can’t be replicated.
Men's stone washed denim jeans, white T-shirt, flannel check overshirt and black canvas sneakers outfit
There are huge advocates for raw denim. There’s just something about unwashed indigo in its natural state that keeps us coming back to it time and time again. It’s also denim at its most versatile: combing well with everything from weekend casualwear through to unstructured tailoring.
With its lighter shades and pre-faded patina, stonewashed denim is more popular than ever, with brands from high street to high end regularly offering a range of washes to suit all tastes. The term ‘stonewash’ refers to the old-school method of washing jeans with stones, which helped give the denim a rough texture and evenly distributed patina that would look as though it was achieved through decades of wear.
While stonewashed jeans aren’t finished in this way today, they still boast a lighter colour and fades which make them look like old favourites. You’ll often see such jeans labelled as having a ‘vintage wash’, as the look is similar to what you’d find on the denim rack in a thrift store.
Regardless of what they’re called, stonewashed jeans are bigger than ever right now, and might be the casual weekend wardrobe staple you didn’t know you needed.
Typically, jeans feature low to mid rises, which suit a wide range of physiques and offer a level of comfort most guys are happy with. Yet a growing number of brands are taking their inspirations from classic trousers when it comes to denim.
From high-wasted and wide-legged designs through to pleated pairs, these are jeans with a tailored difference. But it makes sense when you think about it. High-waisted trousers are incredibly flattering on many body shapes, as they sit higher above the hips and elongate the body, making the wearer’s legs seem longer and more athletic. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want that? High-waisted jeans offer the same effect then, making the wearer appear taller than they are while injecting a vintage-inspired, preppy feel that works especially well with canvas sneakers and penny loafers.
Similarly, pleated jeans see the classic five-pocket style benefit from the addition of two folds of fabric from the waist, giving the jeans elegant lines down the trouser leg that reference classic Savile Row tailoring. Looking for a smarter pair of jeans? Pleated are invariably the answer. However, they arguably look their best dressed down. An interesting contrast, the pleats contradict the casual nature of the denim fabric, so work with the high/low aesthetic and combine them with a knitted polo shirt, baseball cap and retro running shoes.
Workwear has dominated every inch of menswear over the past few years. Yet denim jeans have largely been unaffected by this movement, even though their roots are in hands-on professions like mining and factory work.
But now, the classic five-pocket design has been uprooted somewhat, with new silhouettes threatening to take its crown. First, there’s denim carpenter pants – complete with their side loops, thigh pockets and relaxed silhouettes – arguably the more refined, easier-to-wear cousin of cargo pants. Then there’s the classic work-style denim fatigue pant with its wide legs and large front stitched pockets, which work just as well with leather boots as they do white sneakers.
The workwear trend doesn’t stop at your lower half though. Functional, utilitarian jackets crafted from denim have never been more popular. Workwear has never been bigger, and denim is an essential part of that.
Off white denim
Speaking of white, that might be the shade worth investing in when it comes to your next denim garment. While blue will always have a place in our wardrobe, and black is as versatile as it gets, off-white denim is criminally overlooked. It might not be as practical, and will undoubtedly need washing more regularly than its darker counterparts, but off-white jeans are surprisingly easy to style and complement a wide range of colours.
Off-white denim can be worn in fall and winter too, as the shade works equally well with darker tones of grey, bottle green, navy and even black. Essentially, wear them in the same way you would a pair of indigo or black jeans; just be careful at that fancy dinner reservation.