It’s usually one of the hardest working parts of our wardrobes – denim has the power to always look current when styled up correctly. Each year, it subtly reinvents itself to become a staple item yet again, and this currency combined with its classic elements ensures it’s never off point. Just when you think denim can’t be reinvented again, you’ll see it sauntering down the catwalk at the shows, in a fresh combination. So what are the latest cuts, shades, and styling tricks that make denim work for 2020?

Rock It Like The French

The world seems to be perennially obsessed with the style of the French, and one thing that works for our Gallic cousins is the straight cut, ankle cropped, high rise cut. Not spray-on skinny, these jeans are cut slim to the leg, with a slightly tapered ankle that stops just so on the ankle bone (the better to showcase some amazing shoes or boots). Flatteringly high-waisted, and made of thick denim without the high elastic content seen in some jeans here, these hold you in like a denim corset, and look wonderful with a silky blouse or even a basic tee half-tucked just so. 

Back To The 90s

If the French style cut isn’t for you, the other mega-trend in denim cuts has borrowed straight from the 90s and early 00s, like a lot of current fashions. A wide-leg cut is surfacing everywhere and looks especially current when done in white denim or a bleached wash. This airy, loose style can be translated for the new season with square-toed boots and a chunky rollneck knit, or works well with the longline, belted blazers that are popping up everywhere.

Ones To Watch

Denim brands who are knocking it out of the park style-wise are everywhere at the moment. From Agolde’s wide-legged, slouchy styles to sugar cane denim and RE/Done’s high-rise styles, there’s plenty of variety on offer. It really feels like time to refresh your denim wardrobe and update the shapes you have at your disposal.

Head To Toe

Of course, denim isn’t just for your bottom half – denim utility suits are an especially fashion-forward option for those wanting to embrace the vibe fully. Either a dark-wash or a statement cream shade that pops against the remains of a summer tan, these can be styled with flats for now and with long boots and a thin polo neck layered underneath when the mercury drops. 

Finding Your Style

Of course, the best way to wear denim, whatever the season, is in the way that best suits you and your figure and style preferences. Finding your personal style is a journey, and once you have the basics down, it can be fun to assess the trends and decide what fits with your own story. Denim’s unique position as a fabric that is functional, stylish, and eminently wearable gives it a special status in our wardrobes as a failsafe, staple item. So it really is all about how you dress it up at the end of the day!