The denim trends you need to know for 2022

Ditch the leggings! Shove that loungewear to the back of your cupboard! Denim is back with a vengence for 2022 so pay attention people. Here, our favourite stylist Katie Moore of stylepathldn is here to tell us all about the denim trends you need to know.


We’ve been stuck in this skinny bubble for so long and finally it’s burst! All of a sudden there are shapes and lengths that we thought were unthinkable, the choice is super exciting, but do you need a little help deciphering the new denim trends and narrowing down your options?

Jeans are the ultimate wardrobe staple, they will support you in whatever scenario, although shapes and sizes can vary massively from brand to brand so it’s really important (and annoying for some) to go and try them on. I guarantee you will buy what suits you rather than your initial intention. Here are the denim trends you need to know for 2022:

Mom Jean

Retro-style and derived from the 80s/90s. Ultra high-waisted and loose fitting around the thighs and legs which then taper in at the ankle. Structured but relaxed and effortlessly cool.

Straight Leg

A straight leg is definitely your new staple. They should be fitted at the waist but have a slightly looser fit through the thigh and run off straight from the knee. Subtle enough for them to be dressed up or down. I prefer them on the ankle for a more modern vibe.

Wide Leg Jeans

Very flattering for all shapes. I prefer on the waist, not too high. A wide leg is slightly smarter and in black can look smart like trousers. I prefer worn with boots or heels as I like the silhouette it creates.

Mom Jean: Elle High Waist Straight Leg Jeans from Reiss now £40, Straight Leg: Kate Boyfriend Jeans from G-STAR RAW now £52.50, Wide Leg: High Waist Wide Leg Jean from Mango now £17.99

The Flare – Cropped or Full-length

The width of the flare will vary but it’s important to have a bit of drama to pull off this look. A low-slung cropped flare will give you a more relaxed look or super high waisted and maximum length will create a more…”I mean business” look.

Exposed Fly Jean

A great way to make a fashion statement with a subtle detail, a more casual look which can create a more authentic style. I’ve seen more brands offering this type of construction and although not an uber trend it’s definitely a new detail that people are grabbing hold of.

New Skinny 

Okay okay enough of the skinny bashing, the new skinny is surfacing as I know most of us will not part from our BFF. Find a great fabric with a slight stretch, high waisted (no muffin tops here) and most importantly not too tight, the fabric should cover you but not stretch over your body so the seams are bursting.. voila!

Our obsession with denim doesn’t just stop at jeans. As a nation we will grab onto anything that denim is made in! Dungarees, dresses, skirts and shorts are all good alternatives if you don’t want to squeeze into a pair of jeans. Denim is such a cult and the professionals in the fashion industry have worked incredibly hard to reduce waste, so don’t take your denims for granted guys, buy wisely and cherish your denim pieces. 

Flare: Bootcut and Flare D-Akemi Jeans from Diesel now £122,Exposed Fly: Button Front Flared Jeans from Oasis now £47.20, New Skinny: The Skinny B(air) Jeans, Duchess from 7 For All Mankind at John Lewis £136

Which of the above denim trends for 2022 are tempting you? Personally we’re looking forward to mixing up our denim wearing a lot more this year. How about you? And don’t forget to follow us over on Instagram here where we’ll be showing you how to wear all these different denim trends.

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