30 denim styles for spring dressing
We know Tiktok says skinny jeans are out. And in a post-pandemic world, as many Australians return in hard pants, we are advocating for adequate legroom. Calves call for freedom, so wide legs, 70s-style flared pants and bootcut jeans are the answer. But finding the perfect pair of trendy jeans is a battle – a battle many denim fans have yet to conquer. So we’ve rounded up our favorite styles to make it easier to find this laid-back denim, along with some skinny jeans suggestions for those who prefer a more streamlined pant bottom.
Like Farrah Fawcett on her skate in charlie’s angels, the silhouette of the 70s invites itself in wardrobes around the world. Peachay jeans made in Melbourne are designed to fit smaller waists and juicier hips, buttocks and thighs. This summer, adopt its signature style in white. The brand does not use traditional pruning, but instead opts for names like Sunflower, Tulip and Lily. Arnhem’s Savannah flare jeans hug in all the right places, and Assembly Label’s high-waisted flare jeans are slightly cropped, making them the perfect pair to go from brunch to an afternoon aperitif. . The Byron Bay Thrills brand introduced a more comfortable and stretchy option in their best-selling high-waisted, wide-leg jeans, the Belle. It will fit your hips perfectly and is available in seven colors.
Bootcut jeans – so called because you can optionally put a pair of boots under them – are more subtle than flares. And their return comfortably coincides with the resurgence of platform boots. Local label Neuw Denim’s Debbie bootcut is high waisted with a relaxed knee. Brisbane-based Outland Denim is dedicated to sustainable practices, with a mission to empower victims of human trafficking. The Mirage jeans in indigo wash have a wide fit and high waist. And, of course, there’s the classic Levi’s bootcut to wear all week.
Mom is the word
The 1970s weren’t the only denim decade to experience a resurgence. Chain style icon Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy with these ’90s-inspired mom jeans, a generally relaxed fit with a high waist that tapers to the ankle. Breezy Britts from Nudie, Frankies from Nobody and mum jeans from Zara are some of our favorite styles. These are available in seven colors – and cost $ 59.95.
If I were your boyfriend
Copenhagen fashion house Ganni’s new denim line offers seven basic styles in a variety of washes. The double fly detail on the Figni jeans means they can be worn as a low rise cut or cinched higher on the waist. The LA Boyish brand took its signature Ziggy style and added carpenter details for a workwear feel. And Bassike’s unisex fit was designed in Australia, made in Japan.
Nobody Denim has been worn by Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr and Emma Stone. But the brand’s local success suggests there is no need for international expansion. Her denim is still washed, dyed, aged and made into wearable clothing from her Fitzroy denim factory in Melbourne. And despite Tiktok’s commission, the label’s cult Skinny Ankle remains a signature style. Other favorites include these ultra-high rise jeans with removable belt from Reformation and this white pair from Re / done. And for the denim to accompany you in warm weather, we recommend the bike-short style from Viktoria & Woods.
Greg Lauren is an artist, designer and nephew of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. He makes deconstructed clothes with combinations of couture, patchwork and vintage fabrics. Make a statement in the pinstripe denim blazer. Or wear the Canadian tuxedo with Denimsmith’s cropped shawl jacket, with gorgeous edge details, paired with this belted skirt. Deadly Denim was founded by Rebecca Rickard, a Ballardong, Whadjuk woman of the Noongar Nation living and working on Country in Perth. The recycled denim brand features creations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in its unique pieces. Customize your own denim jacket with Cungelella’s Marapai design.
Splashes of color
You can count on the Byron Bay Afends brand to add a playful touch to your serious denim wardrobe. Find us this summer in these vintage pink dungarees washed with hemp. And these wide jeans from Rollas will soften up over time. We also love Kowtow’s bold button-down skirt.
While denim – made from a durable cotton fabric – is one of the most widely used materials in the world, it also has devastating effects on the environment. But there are many local and international manufacturers looking to reduce their impact. Keeper Denim, founded in Perth by former architect and financial analyst Kate Bartuccio, is one of them. The label was born after Bartuccio watched the Real cost documentary, which helped her see the dark side of the fast-paced fashion industry and its impact on garment workers and the environment. Its range is limited to skinny jeans – and this light indigo pair is perfectly stretchy. Meanwhile, ELV Denim takes unwanted jeans destined for the landfill and turns them into modern pieces. All leftovers are donated to renowned artist Ian Berry, who creates pictorial works using denim. The ELV team, based in East London, cut each piece by hand. Her long dress is made of 46 pieces of denim.
Back in Australia, First Principles is one of the few bespoke denim brands in the country, offering bespoke jeans where you can choose the style, material, wash, fit, thread and buttons. Order your sample pack here or shop for pieces from her ready-to-wear collection online – the straight leg with fringes is our choice. Hera Denim is another local brand designed for women with a smaller waist and fuller hips, thighs and buttocks. Pre-orders for her first style – a loose fit made from 100% Japanese denim – launched on October 1. Elk worked with sustainable denim maker Saitex to produce five-pocket jeans with a flattering wide-legged silhouette. It’ll be back in stock very soon, and made from 91 percent cotton, seven percent lycra, and two percent spandex, it’s super comfortable. If cords are more your thing, give them a try.
And the trick to making your jeans last longer? Find tips for taking care of your denim here.