6 Denim Trends You’ll Want to Try in 2017

If there’s one thing that never goes out of style, it’s denim. And while we all definitely have that one pair of well-loved, go-to jeans we can’t quite part with, seasonal denim trends are constantly changing, offering fresh perspectives on this classic American look.

2017 is no different. This year’s denim trends echo the style nostalgia of years past, drawing upon designs from the 80s and 90s. But don’t worry—they’re fully updated for the modern age. Here is our 2017 denim trends rundown, and some styling tips so you can look and feel your best in denim this year.

Ankle-length jeans with ankle detail

Shorter denim styles are hitting the market, with a little extra flair on the bottom. We’ve seen a lot of frayed hems, fringe hems, split hems, and lowered hems, all of which exude an easy-going, cool-girl vibe that goes beyond the emblematic torn knees. Distressed is definitely in. The best part about ankle-length jeans is that your shoes take center stage. Wear this look with your favorite ankle boots, or dress it up for night with statement heels.

Authentic-looking vintage wash jeans

The best way to get an authentic-looking pair of jeans with a vintage wash is to buy jeans that are 100% cotton. The fiber content is important in this case because cotton-blend jeans just can’t quite achieve the same vintage-looking, lived-in effect that an all-cotton pair can. Vintage wash jeans are the ultimate versatile style piece. Wear them to work with a blazer, or with an off-the-shoulder sweater and boots for an effortless weekend look.

Embroidery

Source: The Girl From Panama

A holdover from last year, embroidery is still going strong in 2017. Embroidery is a whimsical look you can wear on denim jackets or chambray shirts, but we personally love this trend best on a great pair of jeans. With so many designs available on the market, it’s an easy way to express your individuality. Embroidered jeans can also be dressed up or down just as easily as non-embellished ones, and are suitable for work and play. Try mixing patterns and textures with this style—for example, pair floral embroidered jeans with a striped tee!

Denim overcoats

Think of a trench coat but in cool denim. Rethink neutrals by throwing on a denim overcoat instead of reaching for the typical black, brown, or nude. This is a fresh urban look that’s still sophisticated and tailored enough to wear to work. Dress it up with a white button down and chunky heels, or down with cotton-blend leggings and sneakers. It looks trendy either way.

Deconstructed boyfriend jeans

By “deconstructed,” we really mean “destroyed.” Boyfriend jeans have been a staple item for years now, a blessing for some who relish comfort in their denim jeans. This iteration will be even more comfortable, with wide, frayed holes that allow for lounging while still making a serious fashion statement. Try wearing these looser jeans with a bodysuit or fitted top, to create contrast.

Denim dresses

Source: What Olivia Did 

Whether it’s a wrap dress, a shift, a baby doll, or a t-shirt dress, denim will be the de rigeur fabric for 2017’s dresses. Effortless, chic, and all-American, the denim dress is also endlessly customizable for every taste. A denim wrap dress for the office keeps you cool and comfortable, while a shift dress with platform heels is a perfect brunch look.

After choosing some of your new denim pieces for this year, consider giving your well-loved denim items to our Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program, which upcycles collected denim into housing insulation. Find out more at BlueJeansGoGreen.org, and shop our picks below to update your denim collection for the new year.

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