There is nothing more timeless than denim jeans. It’s more than likely the one article of clothing that most people wear most often in their wardrobe. Jeans are in one word versatile. They go with anything and everything which makes them so great. In 2020, we saw a lot of loungewear, athletic wear and athleisure pieces as the standard for fashion. However, I, like many, are ready to get dressed up again. So, in 2021 (while it may have been a couple months since you last pulled out a pair of jeans) it’s at least time we start discussing what’s trending in women’s denim. That way, we will be informed when we decide we’re ready to start wearing jeans again. Ahead, is a list of the top trending styles of jeans for women in 2021.
The high-waisted jean trend is on the on the rise. Get it? Not like it ever really left but it’s definitely one that’s here to stay. Especially when designed in crop styles like waisted wide leg crops, or culottes. We may have once laughed and called them “mom jeans”, but this style has quickly become a household name. They are practically a staple in most women’s closets these days. Additionally, they are one of the most flattering styles and help define an hour-glass silhouette on any figure. Boyfriend styles are also back. So, bring out your high-waisted, loose fitting styles with rolled cuffs as they will be on trend again.
LONG SKINNY BOOTCUT
Skinny jean lovers will rejoice when they discover this long and lean bootcut style is trending again. But in 2021, it has a modern, flare if you will. This 2021 jean trend is reminiscent of the seventies bell bottom trend, however without as dramatic of a flare. The trend lies in the length of the flare’s floor skimming design. Basically, the longer the length, the better. You can wear it with a high heel or a low flat depending on the occasion. Dress your skinny bootcut jeans up with a chic button down, belted trench coat with heeled boots or pointed stilettos.
LOOSE FIT/WIDE LEG
Remember the JNCO craze that was mostly a 90’s teen skater sensation? Well, these loose fit, wide leg and oversized jeans are coming back in style. You want the jeans to be baggy enough, so if the loose fabric pools at your ankles, that’s the look you want. In addition, add cargo styles to this category. The cargo jean is another trending style that has been resurrected from the 90’s. Wide leg cuts are fashion forward and especially in lighter washes this season. These generous fitting jeans are best paired with chunky sneakers, boots, sweaters, crop tops, and graphic tees when it comes to winter fashion.
Levi’s recently introduced us to the balloon jean which has put a modern twist on some of the more classic styles. Balloon jeans have a slightly voluminous leg throughout the thigh area, then taper back in towards a narrower ankle. These styles are also fashionable in a high-waisted, crop or shorter fit. You could also keep it cool and destroyed by trying ripped or distressed denim here too. It adds just the right amount of edge to any look. Try balloon jeans in a dark, black or a slightly washed denim which would be cute with classic loafers or ballet flats. Complete the look with an adorable matching cropped tank and cardigan sweater set.
Flare styles are also back as a top trending jeans style for 2021. And, like most other trends this year, the crop is in, or kick flare. If you choose the kick flare style, opt for a shorter length jean that balances out a chunky boot. Or, pair them with a trendy sock boot. A high-waisted flare would pair well with a smoothing bodysuit or mock neck turtleneck and cropped leather jacket. Conversely, long flare jeans and bell bottoms are fashion forward too. Pick your flares that have stretch for mobility and comfort. Pair them with a feminine blouse and a platform boot for a polished winter look.
Skinny jeans are not necessarily out of style this year, but let’s just say the straight leg jean is stepping in during the interim. Straight leg jeans can be styled similarly to skinny jeans, so it shouldn’t be much of a difference. One jean that has gained a lot of popularity recently is the Levi’s ribcage high waist straight leg ankle jean. They are slimming, on-trend and practically are the “it” jean of this season. Try this style in a lighter wash with a sleek turtleneck and plaid blazer.
In conclusion, now that we are off to a great start in 2021, let’s make an effort to start dressing up again. The styles discussed here will help get you started on choosing the type of jeans that are trending right now. The one thing that I am thankful for is that low rise jeans did not make a comeback. You know the ultra low-rise belly baring style à la Paris Hilton circa 2003? Yeah, let’s just hope that one stays back in that era for good.