No longer just something to wear on I-don’t-care days, jeans have come far from their workwear roots to become a staple, if not the main focus, of a fashionista’s wardrobe. With a unique ability to completely change up an outfit–witness how a white tee goes glam with dark-wash skinnies and gold jewelry, or edgy with a tangled necklace and distressed jeans–a pair of on-trend jeans goes a long way to freshen up a closetful of basics.
Nonetheless, it can be intimidating to step out of your denim comfort zone. (For those stuck in a boot-cut rut, check out Shopbop’s denim fit videos for tips on how to branch into new silhouettes.) I asked Shopbop Assistant Stylist Pa Lor to lend her sartorial savvy to our favorite fall denim trends, showing us how to make today’s most fashion-forward styles everyday-wearable.
Whether you call them marbled, bleached, or tie-dye, this sexy style was a celeb favorite this summer (spotted on the likes of Rihanna and Victoria Beckham), and will continue to scorch into fall. But how to don bold bleach? Pa says, “When wearing marbled denim, keep the look easy and casual. Throw on an oversized, stretched-out tee and add a sloppy tuck.” (For more tips on how to wear tie-dye jeans, check out this advice from Shopbop Senior Stylist Morgan.)
The seams and quilted patches popular on leather jackets and moto boots lend their hard-as-nails sensibility to denim this season (see The Moto Skinny Jeans by Current/Elliott). How to wear these tough-edged jeans without going over the top? “With this edgy style, balance it with an unexpected touch of femme,” says Pa. “Girly ruffled blouses or silky camis complete the hard-meets-soft look.”
Faded Black Denim
Just as stylish as mixing feminine with masculine is mixing casual with dressy: “Worn-in, faded black jeans look great balanced with more classic pieces. Try a structured blazer for a polished twist.” I’ll take Pa’s advice by pairing these faded AG jeans with a tailored Elizabeth and James blazer.
Studs and zippers are elevating everything from booties to bags to baubles this fall, so it’s no wonder the trend has found its way to denim. “These embellished jeans are the perfect opportunity to have fun with layers of textures and patterns,” says Pa. “And if you’re bold enough to work with the jeans’ edgy details and go for the rocker look, throw a leather jacket on top.”