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Top Denim Trends That Are Prepping to Give Your Joggers a Run For Their Money

By Anubha Das

Updated - July 24, 2021 4 min read

Stay-at-home orders in 2020 allowed many of us to shed our work clothes in favour of loungewear, athleisure, and pyjamas. Despite the fact that it's been a very comfortable year in terms of clothes, we've been aching to dress up, and what better way to do it than with a decent pair of jeans? So far, the year 2021 has offered us wonderful jeans that are both fashionable and comfy.


In 2021, we'll see nostalgia play a key part again, with the straight leg receiving a makeover into a '90s bootcut — picture Rachel Green's denim from Friends — and a '70s flare with a '80s pleated high waist. Learn more about this year's hottest denim trends and browse our top picks below:


1. 90's Bootcut


Straight-leg jeans feel undoubtedly classic, and with the '90s bootcut upgrade, they will work seamlessly with any outfit you decide on. The best part: they can be easily dressed up or down and allow for a shoe moment.


Where to buy it from?


You can check out the trendy options from Myntra and Ajio. Try these DNM Lightly Washed Skinny Fit Bootcut Jeans with Distressing that looks great.


Price @ INR 974


Image Courtesy: Ajio



2. Biodegradable Denim


As much as we love jeans, they can be quite damaging to the environment. Excessive water usage and toxic dyes and chemicals are just a few of denim's negative side effects. Responsible Italian denim company Candiani developed biodegradable denim in 2019. Made completely of plant-based materials, the denim gives back to the environment by breaking down post-use and releasing nutrients into the soil to help with the growth of plants and trees. Biodegradable denim is great because it shrinks your waste footprint. Oh, and it looks good, too.


Where to buy it from?


Levis is one of those brands that offer a wide variety of biodegradable denim. In 2010, Levi's launched the Better Cotton Initiative, which trains farmers to use less water, pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers when growing cotton plants. Today, the brand uses cotton from sustainable sources in 100% of its products. Check out this Women Blue Super Skinny Fit Mid-Rise Clean Look Stretchable Jeans from Levis.


Price @ INR 1799


Image Courtesy: Myntra



3. Undone Hem


The frayed edges on these jeans are the perfect marriage between too cool for school and barely trying. This trend beautifully emphasizes a statement boot or coat. And if buying new isn't your thing right now, you can also DIY your own undone-hem jeans by taking out the hem with a seam ripper.


Where to buy it from?


The ends of these jeans from Mast & Harbour are amazing. At first sight, they look like a regular pair of jeans, but get to the hemline and discover denim that's slightly torn, distressed, or dyed in the perfect shade of gradient blues. The jeans is a bit rebellious, yet you'll want it because they look so darn cool and effortless on.


Price @ INR 769


Image Courtesy: Myntra



4. Baggy Jeans


Loose-fitting jeans are the perfect trend for transitioning out of your loungewear, since these are both baggy and freeing like your favorite pair of sweats. Available in multiple silhouettes and at just about any retailer, baggy denim is also a showstopper. Offset these with a pointed or narrowly structured shoe and a formfitting top.


Where to buy it from?


Opt for baggy wide fits like the Roadster Women Blue Wide Leg Mid-Rise Clean Look Baggy Jeans. How to style them? You should go full 1990s grunge with Vans kicks.


Price @ INR 949


Image Courtesy: Myntra



5. 70s Flare


Seventies-style bell-bottoms are making a serious comeback. Wearing them is one of the easiest ways to create a polished look, paired with either a cable knit, tank top, breezy blouse, or T-shirt. Channel your inner bohemian and complete them with a clog or platform boot. A lot of the styles come in stretch denim, too, so if rigid denim's just not for you, you're in luck.


Where to buy it from?


If you’re hesitant to try bolder color trends, begin with a neutral color palette. We like this minimal cropped-pant-and-bodysuit look, complete with a pair of plush slides. Try out this HIGH STAR High-Rise Flared Jeans from Myntra.


Price @ INR 760


Image Courtesy: Ajio



6. Pleated '80s Denim


A blissful ode to the '80s, pleated high-rise jeans are a sleeker, more stylized take on the mom jean. We've spotted them on Chrissy Teigen, Hailey Bieber, and more. They can be easily paired with turtlenecks for winter and fitted tanks or plain muscle tees for hotter months. If you really want to go all-out '80s, opt for an acid wash.


Where to buy it from?


If you have never worn pleated jeans before, but you are game to try them, start with a lowkey pair like this one from Sassafras that doesn’t feel too showy. You’ll want to feel comfortable and like yourself while wearing them.


Price @ INR 959


Image Courtesy: Myntra



So, shop the coolest jeans trends for 2021, including biodegradable denim and more nostalgic styles from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.



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