Check out any fashion magazine and you’ll likely find at least one headline about “the hottest new fashion trends this season.” Contrary to what the magazines tell you, it’s rare to find a “new” trend. Today, our “new” style trends are really just popular trends recycled over the years. Although the “in” style may continuously change, jeans have remained a staple wardrobe item for decades. Let’s take a look at which denim trends have resurfaced in today’s fashion world.
First, we’ll throw it all the way back to the 1960s. After gaining popularity in the 1950s, jeans became a standard clothing item in the 1960s. In the early 60s, flared jeans were the go-to look, while bell-bottom jeans gained popularity later in the decade.
In the 70s, women wore high-waisted jeans to accentuate their waistline and lengthen their legs. Cut-off jeans were also on-trend, while wide flare jeans from the 60s maintained its popularity.
Skip to the 80s, and distressed denim became a style standard. Jeans were often either ripped or cuffed, and acid-wash denim was all the rage. Hems were often shredded or tightly rolled up, and light washes rose in popularity.
The 90s meant “mom jeans,” which were basically high-waisted jeans with a loose, baggy fit. Denim with embroidered embellishments was also a rising trend. The grunge look was in, so tattered, torn-up jeans could be found in most closets.
Today, our denim trends consist of a combination of all jeans styles that were popular throughout the decades. While trends have continuously changed over the years, acid wash, flare, embellished, distressed, and high-waisted jeans have made their way back in style. Even mom jeans have made a comeback! As trends continue to cycle through, it’s apparent that denim is one of the few fashion staples that is here to stay for decades to come.