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Jeans are a wardrobe staple all year round, but each season brings new ways to wear this timeless fabric. While you’ll always have a favorite pair you’re looking for, it’s fun to step out of your denim comfort zone once in a while. Now’s the time to experiment, too: there’s no shortage of cool yet polarizing trends to choose from lately, including Y2K signatures like low-rise cuts and hip cutouts. Whether you prefer controversial looks or prefer practical options, you’ll find a trend that matches your personal style on the market this season.
The baggy slouch, for example, comes in several different styles this year. You can invest in a pair with rips throughout or a swing leg that provides more movement when walking. While the acid wash finish is definitely 80s inspired, the bleached look actually harkens back to the 60s. Either way, this style will help you add an edge to your wardrobe.
If you like attention-grabbing denim styles, consider the deconstructed trend. With a raw finish, this look is not only stylish, but it’s also a nod to the handcrafted, repurposed approach of eco-friendly brands; think Sami Miró Vintage with his iconic Porterhouse style or ELV Denim, a line produced entirely from post-consumer waste. Of course, for this look, you can always take matters into your own hands by tinkering with your old jeans with a scissor or a razor.
Two other denim trends that will be everywhere in 2022? Slits and cargo pants. Side slits often feature zippers and are sometimes placed in the front of the pants for a bold look. When it comes to cargo pants, the classic 90s style gets a makeover this season with oversized pockets or contrast stitching.
Ahead, scroll through our favorite styles from top denim brands. You can also jump straight to the category you’re ready to shop in, knowing it’s time to close that hole in your denim drawer once and for all.