Jeans are a staple of everyone’s wardrobe and that’s not likely to change any time soon. Denim is the one wardrobe essential that’s pretty much guaranteed not to go out of style.
What does change every season is the style of denim that’s currently on-trend. Mum jeans, cropped denim jackets, and denim overalls all had their moments in 2019.
Will these trends continue into 2020? If the spring runways were any indication, some brand new looks and some familiar ones will be all the rage in 2020.
These are the hottest denim trends of 2020.
Ripped jeans, fashionably ripped, of course, are back in for 2020. Jeans with giant frayed holes, jeans with small perfectly frayed rips, jeans with worn thin spots even though they’re brand new.
Basically, if your jeans look like you’ve had them for 15 years and worn them during some extreme activity, they’re trendy in 2020.
To save some cash, you can artfully distress a pair of jeans you already own. Or if designer jeans are your thing, you can pay for jeans that have been professionally distressed.
To go along with the resurgence of distressed jeans, patches are a new trend in 2020. So your wardrobe can include jeans that have holes on purpose and jeans that have patches over holes instead.
On the runway, designers showcased patches in a lot of ways.
Some went full-on patchwork, creating jeans out of several swatches of differently colored denim. Others opted for subtle patches a shade or two off from the rest of the jeans with intricate stitching. Brightly colored patches were also seen all over the runway.
If you’re looking to make a bold statement in 2020, definitely try out the patchwork jeans trend. If you want to try patched jeans in a more understated way, opt for some jeans with small patches over typically ripped areas like the knees, thighs, and back pockets.
For DIY types, get creative and add some patches to a pair of jeans you already own.
The new hot style for 2020 is pleated jeans. These jeans have distinctive pleats on the front, usually right below the waistline.
Some designers kept the pleats simple with just a couple with indistinct stitches. Other designers opted for intricately stitched patterns on their pleats.
No matter how the pleats are presented, the effect is the same: a cinched waist look that flatters any body type. Most of these pleated jeans are high-waisted, so the pleats draw attention to the contrast between the waist and the hips.
Many of the pleated jeans on the runways also had a wider leg. Paired with the high-waist, these pleated jeans screamed chic vintage, which is another hot trend for 2020.
Pleats were also seen on more modern jean cuts like skinny jeans. So no matter what kind of jeans you like to wear, you’ll be able to find pleated ones you love.
Pleated jeans pair perfectly with a t-shirt or blouse that you can tuck in so the details on the pleats can be seen.
Remember those JNCO jeans that all the goth and raver kids wore when you were in high school? Don’t worry, those aren’t the wide-leg jeans that are coming back in 2020. Thank God.
But wide-leg jeans are a major denim trend for 2020. The wide-leg jeans that dominated the runway all had a very tailored look to them, like wide-leg slacks. Most designers paired the wide-leg with a high-waist, making these jeans the ultimate in style and comfort.
Wide-leg jeans are also flattering for any body type because they create their own lines rather than hugging the lines of the body. You can look taller and sleeker in a well-tailored pair of wide-leg jeans.
If you’ve been disappointed that your skinny jeans don’t quite work with your favorite pair of boots, then you’ll be happy to know that bootcut jeans are coming back in 2020. These jeans have a slight flare from the calf down, which means that they fall elegantly over any pair of boots.
The flare of bootcut jeans is also perfect for women whose calves just cannot be comfortably contained by skinny jeans. Looking at you, Crossfit babes.
The hot aesthetic in 2020 can be described as “thrift store”. Not a la Macklemore in 2012; a la that chick you see at the farmer’s market every weekend.
Look for denim that looks like it’s already been worn in. We’re talking faded, light washes. There was even some acid-wash on the runway this season.
The point is if the denim looks like your parents wore it to an Aerosmith concert in the ’80s, it’s the perfect look for 2020.
Skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere in 2020. Skinny jeans are one of the longest-lasting trends in modern denim, and it doesn’t look like these jeans are fading off the scene any time soon.
Why? Because they create the perfect silhouette, and they pair with just about any shoe, top, or accessory.
In 2020, high-waisted skinny jeans will rule the scene. They’re perfect for tucking in a blouse, pairing with a crop top, or creating a smooth silhouette under a graphic tee.
For some chic skinny jean styles, check out Colombian jeans.
Which 2020 Denim Trends Work for You?
Which of these 2020 denim trends should you try out in the new year? The great thing about all the 2020 trends is that they work for pretty much anyone.
Looking for comfort and style? Wide-leg jeans.
Tired of skinny jeans? Go for a bootcut.
Have a pair of jeans you almost donated to charity because they’re kind of trashed? Embrace the distressed look or add some patches.
2020 promises some superb denim styles, so try out whatever speaks to you. You’re sure to rock it.
For more 2020 style tips, check out the Fashion section of our site.