Your Fall Denim Guide is Here: 5 Trends That Cool Girls Will Be Wearing

Flattering options abound.

By Brandy Joy Smith
fall denim trends 2023

Every fashion week, I’m transported back to my days as a stylist, eagerly immersed in the world of runway shows, editor predictions, and the latest trends. And guess what? This season, one undeniable trend is capturing everyone’s attention: denim! While denim as a material never really goes out of style, it’s all about the cuts and embellishments that define the times. Let’s dive into the exciting world of fall 2023 denim trends. Just remember—fashion is about finding what suits you best, not just following what’s in vogue.

So scroll through the styles below and get inspired to work them in a way that feels comfortable for you. Thankfully, fall 2023 denim trends offer a wide range of options for style enthusiasts. Ahead, dive into the denim trends you’ll be seeing everywhere this season.

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Iskra supermodel wearing ripped denim.
Image by Michelle Nash

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Fall Denim Trend #1:  Barrel Leg Cut

The barrel leg cut is making waves this season. These wide-leg pants taper at the ankle, creating a distinct barrel shape. While it’s undoubtedly a fashion-forward statement, it’s not for everyone. If you love straight-leg denim in your wardrobe, consider the barrel leg as its stylish cousin.

However, if you’re more expansive in the hips or shorter, it might be best to steer clear of this trend initially. Start with a milder barrel leg style, and if you love it, experiment with more exaggerated versions.

Fall Denim Trend #2: Long Denim Skirts

If you grew up in the 90s, you might feel a sense of déjà vu with this viral trend. This fall, they’re back in a big way, introducing an A-line shape and longer lengths. What’s great about this trend is its versatility. Pair it with a fitted tank for a casual look, or dress it with a blazer or leather jacket. Long denim skirts offer endless possibilities, especially when it comes to styling with your favorite fall boots.

Woman wearing flare denim and white sweater.
Image by Michelle Nash

Fall Denim Trend #3:  Head-To-Toe Denim

The head-to-toe denim look is making a comeback, a trend that never truly disappears. The key to nailing this trend is matching your denim pieces. Avoid highly contrasting denim, but stick to close shades if you can’t match them perfectly. You can also explore denim dresses or jumpsuits as a less intimidating entry into this trend.

Fall Denim Trend #4:  Designer Denim

Investing in quality denim is always a smart move. Fall 2023 denim trends are witnessing an influx of designer brands launching their denim lines. Even budget-friendly denim can look fantastic if it fits well, but designer denim tends to last longer and offers superior quality. Listen to the Second Life podcast with Libby Page, Net-a-Porter’s marketing director, for more insights on this topic. If you find the perfect pair that makes you feel like a million bucks, don’t hesitate to splurge!

Woman wearing  fall 2023 denim trends outside.
Image by Michelle Nash

Fall Denim Trend #5: Fashionable Flares

Flares are back. (Did they even go anywhere?) And they’re making a statement this season. Whether you prefer embellished, slit, oversized, ombre, or patchwork styles, there’s a flare for everyone. Embrace the drama and uniqueness that flares bring to your denim collection.

The Takeaway

As you navigate the exciting world of fall 2023 denim trends, remember that fashion is a personal journey. What matters most is finding the styles that make you feel confident and comfortable. Whether you’re into barrel leg cuts, long denim skirts, head-to-toe denim, designer denim, or fashion-forward flares, embrace the trends that resonate with your style and make this denim season your best one yet!