You already own jeans. Heck, your bedroom floor is probably carpeted in skinny and slim fits awaiting the washing machine at this very moment. But what you may not realise is that 2016 sees us entering a whole new world of denim, in which wide-legged styles reign supreme. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up five of the strongest new denim trends to drop this year, as well as the ways to style them.
New denim trend guide
By Luke Keleher, 8 February 2016
If you’ve got skinny-jeans fatigue and want to try something new without straying too far outside your comfort zone, you can’t go wrong with a pair of straight-legged jeans. Wear yours with a classic turtle neck or sweatshirt and some leather Derbies and statement socks. If you want to keep things a little more casual, opt for lace-up plimsolls.
Lovers of super-simple, Scandinavian-inspired style, will want to get acquainted with these handsome full-legged jeans. This is a powerful style with a striking silhouette, so it’s important you let your denim do the talking by keeping the rest of your look low key. Style up your top half with a clean-cut, casual sweatshirt, and get your sneaker situation locked down in classic white Converse low-tops.
Where outsized proportions meet Scandi-inspired minimalism, you’ll find wide-legged jeans. For the past couple of seasons, the biggest names and designers in menswear have sent their models down the catwalk in increasingly wider fits, so it stands to reason that the appetite for exploded styles is slowly trickling down to the mainstream and is set to take over AW16. Your legs will rejoice in the newfound freedom.
The naughty brother of the more classic fits, bow-legged jeans give you a chance to play with proportions. The denim style du jour of icons like Biebs and Yeezy is definitely one for those of us with streetwear tendencies – wear them with a cropped hoodie layered over a super longline tee and a classic leather biker to finish.
When Eminem took to the stage bare-chested under indigo overalls in 2001, accessorising his look with a hockey mask and chainsaw, it was fair to assume we’d never see dungarees come back into fashion. But fast forward 15 years and here we are. For a non-murderous, stripped-back look, wear yours with a plain white tee and some Vans, or a block-colour hoodie and Converse.