Skinny jeans were wildly popular in the late noughties, with everyone foregoing the baggy or the low-rise bell bottoms to flaunt form-fitting denims that hugged every curve of the body. They were at their peak during 2010s, before Gen Z started criticising millennial fashion on social media in 2018-2019, which lead to a decrease in their popularity, especially with the younger generation. The pandemic was the final nail on the coffin for skinny jeans—the lockdown meant we all got used to wearing comfy pants, and skin-fit jeans didn't fit the criteria. Now, with nostalgia leading the way in fashion, the bootcuts, bell bottoms, and baggy silhouttes are making a strong comeback. And in 2023, it looks their popularity is only going to skyrocket. Celebrities like Hailey Bieber (who’s most known for donning the baggiest trousers), Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez have been seen adopting (and rocking) looser denim fits. Even closer home, everyone from Deepika Padukone and Ananya Panday, to Alia Bhatt have ditched the skinny jeans on occasions, in favour of statement wide leg pants. Add these seven styles to your wardrobe to stay on trend.
Huemn 'Among Clouds' Darwyn jeans, ₹7,500
Abstract pants are predicted to be the "it" thing in 2023, and these acid-washed pair of denims by Huemn fit the bill.
Lovebirds Top Stitch Denim pants, ₹13,900
Who said denim has to be limited to blue? Wear these straight-leg white denim trousers for your next brunch to turn heads.
Moonray Boot Leg Black Denim pants, ₹8,950
No list for trending denim styles this year will dare to miss the beloved bootcut, which is seeing a revival (and we're all here for it).
Saaksha & Kinni Patchwork jeans, ₹15,000
Patchwork is another denim trend that seems to be making news, and this pair by Saaksha and Kinni nails it.
11.11 Hand Painted Denim trousers, ₹15,900
Sure, a pair of jeans can be chic, but a pair of hand-painted striped denim trousers? That's chicer. Case in point are these pants that will look perfect with a white linen shirt.
Nikita Mhaisalkar Organic Hemp Denim High Waisted Bootcut pants, ₹16,500
Another bootcut on the list, this one's in a more loose-fitting silhoutte for a casual look. Pair it with heels and either a funky tee or tunic, depending whether you want to dress it up or down.
Madish The 80s Popstar Ice Blue High Waist jeans, ₹4,599
One of the denim trends that is forecasted to blow up big this year is the classic straight-fit that pools slightly at the bottom, like a puddle. Go for a longer length to get that effect.
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