Nothing says home like my comfiest, worn-in pair of jeans. It’s as if a bit of my own DNA eventually weaved itself into the fibers after a while, so that they fit just right. Not to mention, they pair well with almost anything, so I have to make a conscious effort not to just throw them on every other day. To me, the beauty of denim is in it’s versatility, comfort and overall personality. I think designers are starting to remember the importance of that, and I’m not complaining. Spring denim trends are taking us back to the basics with a bit of an edge. Styles and finishes are becoming more DIY than off-the-runway with frayed edges, appliqué embellishments and lighter washes. Even bringing back vintage silhouettes from the 1970s and 1990s has given brands the opportunity to flip and remix them in their own way. What’s fashion if not totally interpretive?
On the runway, Virgil Abloh takes Off-White to the next level with his “go big or go home” approach to classic denim pieces. With floor length skirts of cascading denim layers and a variety of wide leg styles, he joins the ranks of street style pack leaders. Meanwhile new age mainstay, Alexander Wang, celebrated his ten year mark by deconstructing the fabric and reattaching the pieces as add ons for unlikely separates such as satin bombers and boxer shorts. His collection really speaks to the grungy, downtown millennials seeking the old school, no frills streetwear that defined an era.
This season, relaxed fits are slowly coming to the forefront again. Seriously.. who wants to squeeze into super skinnies if they don’t absolutely have to anyway? Brands like Rachel Comey and M.i.h Jeans provide a ton of cool options from baggy perfection to high waisted flares. Patchwork pieces, crops and culottes are also making a comeback with designers like Assembly New York and Simon Miller. And if you’re feeling super experimental, denim accessories like heels from the Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik capsule collection will definitely freshen up your Spring wardrobe while adding a little pep in your step.
What I like most about this season’s take on denim, is it’s realness. Denim has always been the fashion of the people, the true origin of street style. You can rip it, cut it, shred it then sew it all back together to create something truly unique. A lot of these styles possess that same worn-in originality that adds to the character of our very own denim favorites. There’s truly something in the fabric for everyone to love, so the question is: what’s your flavor?
Brands we love: Rachel Comey “Rider Pant”, Topshop “Moto” Denim Lace Up Dress, Ashish Cut-out Heart Flared Jeans, Off-white dark panel jeans, Mother cropped jeans, See by Chloé skirt , Assembly New York denim patchwork shift dress, Tomas Maier denim point-toe flats, Au Jour Le Jour Denim Jacket
By Ariel Serano