Spring Denim Report: 7 Wearable Spring Denim Trends 2016

Denim is very much on trend these days, and today’s post is all about the latest spring denim trends!

Spring Denim Report: 7 Wearable Spring Denim Trends 2016

I’m all for a killer handbag or a great pair of shoes, but if you pressed me to name my favorite wardrobe item, I would have to say jeans.

I love my denim.

If you’ve hung around for long, you know I wear jeans almost every day. If I’m not wearing blue jeans, I’m usually wearing black ones or white ones. If I wear a skirt, it’s likely denim, and my denim jacket goes over almost every dress I put on.

I love dressy jeans for date nights and casual, destructed styles for hanging out at home or running errands on the weekends. I even wear jeans to church, although I usually reserve my colored jeans for that. (We have a very casual church; we actually worship in a school gymnasium, so while we do try to maintain a degree of reverence for the act of worship, the venue doesn’t require that we dress to the nines.)

I realize not everyone has a lifestyle conducive to wearing jeans daily, but even if you work in a professional office environment or wear workout clothes to the gym every day, you probably still have a few opportunities each week to wear jeans.

This is a list of the hottest spring denim trends this year. I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites!

As with all trends, take this information and weigh it against your own personal style and what works for you. Remember . . .

Fashion passes. Style remains.

7 Wearable Spring Denim Trends 2016

#1. Skinny Jeans. Skinny jeans are still king. They are just so easy to wear. That said, see #3. Basically, everything is in style these days, which is awesome because you can choose what works best for your body type and personal style.

AG Super Skinny Jeans: spring denim trends

#2. Ankle-Length. Cropped and ankle-length jeans are a huge trend right now. Cropped jeans are particularly nice for spring and summer. They lend a casual air and are easy to wear with heels or flats. Just make sure they end beneath the widest point of your calves. You never want to cut off your leg at the widest part.

Articles of Society 'Carly' Frayed Hem Crop Skinny Jeans: One of the hottest spring denim trends!

#3. Flares. Yes, skinny jeans are a huge trend, but flares are also hot right now. I prefer skinnies for everyday wear, and I consider flares more of a sassy, evening look. I only wear flares with heels, but if you’re tall, perhaps you can make an exception to that rule. (Incidentally, the jeans in this picture are the right length. Your flares should only clear the floor by a 1/4 or 1/2 inch at most.

Madewell Flea Market Flares: One of the hottest spring denim trends!

#4. High Waist. Rejoice! High-waisted styles are making a comeback this year. I’ve seen a higher waist on both flares and skinnies. These tend to look best with shorter tops. Legs for days!!

Topshop Leigh High Waist Skinny Jeans: One of the hottest spring denim trends!

#5. Raw Hem. This is a trend I’m liking a lot. A raw hem, or released hem, as it’s sometimes called, gives a more casual, worn-in look to your jeans. Unlike distressed jeans, I think a raw hem is a style any woman can feel comfortable wearing.

Paige Released Hem Ankle Skinnies: One of the hottest spring denim trends!

#6. Distressed. These aren’t for everyone, I know, but they’re still very much on trend this year, so if you like them, go for it!! I don’t think there is an age at which these are no longer okay. I think it depends entirely on your personal style aesthetic and whether or not you like them. I enjoy wearing distressed jeans because I like to integrate an edgy piece into most of my outfits. It’s also fun to wear a dressy top or high heels with distressed jeans for a fun juxtaposition. Mixing dressy and casual outfit components is a great way to keep your style current.

STS Blue 'Bella' Destroyed Skinny Jeans: One of the hottest spring denim trends!

#7. Light Colors. White, grey, olive, blush, mint, and baby blue! It’s all about the pastels for spring fashion this year, and jeans are no different. Light colored jeans, or super washed jeans, as Nordstrom likes to call them, are one of the biggest trends this year, thanks to the Pantone colors of the year: rose quartz and serenity. (That’s basically pale pink and pale blue.) I loved my deep red jeans, but I retired them last season because they started to feel dated. I’m excited to replace them with pale colors for a fresh look.

Paige Denim 'Transcend - Verdugo' Ankle Ultra Skinny Jeans (Soft Pink): One of the hottest spring denim trends!

Shop Spring Denim Trends

Because so many of these styles overlap, I decided to do one big widget with shopping links rather than individual ones for each category. As always, I tried to include a variety of price points here, but I am a HUGE believer in investing in good quality denim. It is so much more comfortable, fits better, and wears longer. Plus it’s made in the USA. You can often find good sales if you’re patient. My favorite brands are DL1961, AG, Joes, and Paige.

Note: If you get a message about turning off your ad blocker, that is not from me. The widget I am using to show these products seems to be conflicting with some ad blockers, so if you see that message, that is what’s happening.

I understand the desire to block ads, but please remember that ads allow me to provide all of this information for free day after day. Just sayin’. 🙂

Hover over each image to see the price; click through to shop!


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