On the most basic level, we all know how the standard fall wardrobe goes: a cardigan here, a knit sweater there, a shearling-lined jacket if you’re really feeling it, and likely, more denim than you’ve worn for the better half of the year. And denim, at its most basic level, well.. isn’t the most exciting. But hear us out — What if fall denim didn’t mean just your trusty straight leg jeans, or that one oversized denim jacket? What if it was instead unpredictable, undeniably fun, and maybe even a bit risky? The verdict of the season is in: The best denim pieces to shop right now are those that’ll take the center stage of your outfit rather than blending in like a wardrobe basic.
In case you’re wondering, the fun doesn’t stop at just jeans. Lately, designers such as Sami Miro Vintage are having fun experimenting with denim bustier silhouettes, while others such as Retrofete have all but reinvented the denim dress. When you’re not sure how to spot that denim piece, remember it’s all in the details — Look for puffed versus cap sleeves, colored jeans versus the standard blue (or a colorful acid wash for the daring), and it doesn’t get any better than prints and embroidery. Additionally, with nostalgia in the air, we can’t go without awarding low rise jeans and denim skirts an honorable mention.
Whether you’re looking for an exciting update to the everyday denim style, or you’re game to see how far you can elevate the textile into night-out territory, a slew of fashion-forward brands have you covered. Just a quick warning – after clicking through the 16 styles ahead, you’ll never look at denim the same.