Denim has become the key group for casual sportswear in the last twenty years. Today, denim can be found at every retail tier from mass to couture. There are brands that specialize in developing styles with the latest washes and embellishments and the premium denim category has emerged as an important asset for every collection.
Denim styles are not limited only to jeans. Today, this versatile fabric can be found in every category from dresses to outerwear as well as accessories from shoes to handbags. In womenswear there are a variety of options available to women today.
No longer considered a casual fabrication, the rise of premium denim fabrics and styling has increased the popularity and exposure for this fabric that has its roots in workwear.
Some of the key trends include raw denim and styles with raw edges or unfinished edges as seen in the collections of Jen Kao, Marques Almeida and Jill Stuart. Another trend are patchwork styles like those on display at Desigual and Junya Watanabe. These can be color or fabric blocked with other shades of denim or with contrast fabrics such as yarn-dyed plaids.
The boyfriend jean continues to be an important fit and overalls have made a comeback and are being dressed-up to wear to work or for a night out on the town. Also important are boxy-shaped jean jackets and denim vests.
Another trend is head to toe denim. This look works well when different washes are worn together to give a tonal blue effect. Flared denim trousers are also trending. Not quite bell-bottoms, most of these styles come in darker washes and are a dressier option.
Lighter washes are becoming more popular for womenswear and the return of acid wash styles brings back memories of the eighties! Shredded and destroyed effects seem to be increasing in importance even though it seems counterintuitive to pay top dollar for jeans that have extreme rips and tears.
Another important denim-like fabric for spring is chambray. This lighter weight fabrication has a more comfortable hand and works well on dresses and shirts and can be printed or embellished.
Overalls have also made a comeback this year. These utilitarian garments have been dressed up and upscaled by many designers to become a new favorite among fashionistas everywhere. How about you? Do you have great denim looks to show-off this coming year?