My denim eyes spy new trends on the horizon. For a while now, we have been pretty stagnant in the denim arena and really reaching. It seems the old, tried and true styles and brands are rising to the top of the pile once again. Here’s my predictions swirling for denim in 2018, make sure to bookmark this for later.
Women’s Denim Trends 2018
We are going to see vintage in a way we haven’t before. Folk relaxed are the new hip, just as premium denim was to LA in 2008. Geez, was that really a decade ago??
Flares. I’ve said it over and over again and I am not sure anyone is listening. But I do understand, these things take time to sink in and – old habits die hard. Which brings me to my second subject: The beloved skinny jean. It’s still the #1 in search, followed by the term, “Cheap Jeans”. Which leads me to believe, people just want “cheap skinny jeans”. Thanks, China.
It seems we designers and trend forecasters have all just been hanging out with our finger above the red, candy-like button to annihilate the skinny jean once and for all. And this may not be the year. According to Google, we really won’t be able to say ‘buh-bye’, until we find a new norm that looks good on every body. Which brings me to the once-loved bootcut jean. It’s pretty much ALL we wore till skinnies took center stage, and our love for a good fitting boot cut may be returning.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the skinny. It’s just that, well, we have run it into the ground for far too long, dontchathink? I think this new year is curious, and it looks like we are expanding our denim wardrobe. You’re going to want to take some risks, or else look like you’re outdated and hanging onto a trend that has literally been going for over a decade now.
Slouchy, loose fitting jeans are becoming a new norm. Think: the boyfriend, the oversized boyfriend, a folksy, high-waist, wide leg jean inspired by 1950s, or the 1920s. Original, vintage lived in washes and finishes. No ridiculous, 3D whiskering needed, thanks.
The new Levi’s Vintage line seems to have it all figured out. But their pricing is ambitious.
Again, “Cheap Jeans” is like, the #1 searched denim term.
In 2018, you should definitely:
Mix your denim up with bootcut fits, flares, skinny crops and yes, VINTAGE. Be brave, my child and dare to wear high waists, flares and those old jeans back before the designers knew how to properly position the pockets. We don’t care if you look like you’re wearing your moms jeans. Quirky is cool.
Did you see all the Wrangler jeans in the latest season on Stranger Things? THAT’S what I’m talking about. Think: Texas in the 70s, Southern Grit Hank Williams. Old is definitely new, and me thinks you should embrace this mid-western, 80s vibe.
Here’s what’s trending in denim for 2018
- Boyfriend fits, oversized boyfriend fits
- Rip, repair and holes
- Folky patches, Reworked denim
- Oversized fits, high waists, belted
- 70s Flares
- Wide cuffs
- Embroidered floral details
- DIY Deconstructed Details
- Panels and frays
Best Denim Brands according to Google Shopping Trends:
- True Religion
- American Eagle
- Wrangler – spiked in just a week and rose from 11 to 52
- 7 for all Mankind