Jennifer Aniston, ’tis your time to rejoice in gladness: Bootcut jeans are back on the menu. They’ve returned from an extended hiatus in the out-of-fashion territory and come back a little leaner and a tad more Scandi. Ganni (who else?) are part of the bootcut jean’s new wave supporters, and many are here for it.
Copenhagen cool girl Emili Sindlev has worn her pink ones on repeat since the start of December. Over in celebrity circles, the fan club has widened from Jennifer Aniston to the likes of Meghan Markle, Emily Ratajkowski and Gigi Hadid, and this silhouette is just one of the many new denim styles that are set to define 2019’s trending jeans.
We spoke to experts across the denim field (as well as tapping our own team for their predictions) to uncover what they predict will be as big as this year’s straight-leg styles and how your old faves (aka skinnies) will receive a little modernisation. Keep scrolling to see what the major denim trends of 2019 will be…
Newly endorsed by celebrities, editors and influencers alike the slim—or skinny—bootcut is back from the noughties and ready for your 2019 wardrobe. The way bootcut jeans were once worn (low on the hips with a long tee, biker jacket and chunky boots, and rendered in dark denim) feels outdated, so consider using yours as the ultimate leg-lengthening option instead, opting for a style with a slightly higher waistband, made in a less stiff, bulky denim. Many rebooted bootcuts feature little side or front slits. These not only show off the heels, but they also look so chic.
When we spoke to Current/Elliott’s Sarah Rutson (chief brand officer of the brand’s parent company, The Collected Group) she confirmed our suspicions. One of the L.A.-based label’s key styles for 2019 is the Jarvis—a kind of slim-fit, relaxed trouser-style jean. It’s a shape she really believes in—and so do we.
Scandi girls have adopted the skinny-boot jeans (see the always trend-setting Emili Sindlev pictured above), but one could actually accredit the rebirth of this denim movement to Meghan Markle and her decision to wear a sleek black pair back in April. Her Invictus Games look saw the Runaway Jeans by Mother sell out fast, but the style is now back in stock in multiple sizes. Phew.
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“Jumpsuits/boilersuits/overalls/whatever you choose to call them are going to be everywhere for S/S 19, and in a myriad of rainbow shades,” explains denim guru Amy Bannerman, the fashion director of Cosmopolitan and The Jeanius.
“A bonus of this is getting ready in the mornings will be 100% quicker. Citizen’s of Humanity’s Amber jumpsuit is my ultimate favourite, the design almost makes it look like the most perfectly matching Canadian tuxedo instead of an all in one. The elasticated high waist makes gives that really great upside down heart shape to your bum and the weight of the denim, the wash, and the shape all allude to the ’90s but in a totally modern way. I will be wearing it in the evening with enormous crystal earrings and some clickity-clacky mules,” she says.
Our contacts at LIKEtoKNOW.it can confirm a major interest in Instagram circles, with clicks on denim jumpsuit images up 945% since this time last year. The trend first hit the mainstream when boilersuits from Topshop and Ganni were being worn around international fashion weeks and on Instagram feeds. Since then countless new styles have entered into the marketplace, but these OG brands have created theirs in more colourways and washes. Meanwhile, some of the coolest girls we know are buying authentic workwear styles from industrial brands (like Dickies) on Amazon.
Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson, the co-founders of celebrity-adored brand FRAME, have a strong vision for the season ahead and it lies in the past. “We feel for Spring/Summer 2019 vintage-inspired denim continues to remain a key trend, back to denim’s heritage roots, embodying the look of Lauren Hutton, or Jane Birkin and Sylvie Vartan,” says Jens. “FRAME’s Heritage denim are the perfect fitting slender straight high-rise jean, mixed with a touch of comfortable stretch fabric, but with denim character that would make you double take it for true rigid.”
Erik adds that this will come in many guises, with the team playing on this heritage idea to create “more trend focused washes, still exploring the ‘70s pale blue, but also in muted stripes, washed-out whites, yet still with the effortless high-rise, ankle grazing slim leg.”
A quick consensus in the Who What Wear UK office has resulted in a prediction we’re all willing to happen: Fingers crossed for a spectrum of brown, orange, ecru, tan and other earthy neutrals to enter our denim lexicon for 2019. We’ve already seen these smart-looking tones crop up on Instagram and in both designer and high-street stores, and once you start to see the versatile way in which they can be worn, there’s some major potential for this look to take off.
Unless you were stuck under a rock, you’ll know that 2018 was the year that brown ruled over all other shades, so you’ll a) be more than prepared to wear it, and b) already have plenty of items to compliment a new pair of neutral-coloured jeans. However, be warned that coloured jeans often look most modern and flattering when they are not—we repeat, not—skinny, so try to look out for culottes, flares, straight-cuts and cropped-kicks instead.
HIGH-WAISTED BOYFRIEND JEANS
For Anna Foster, the founder and creative director of E.L.V Denim (one of the new go-to brands for editors, stylists and fashion lovers alike) spring/summer 2019 is going to be all about “high-waisted boyfriend jeans. The style is versatile, it can be worn with
trainers, flat and heels. The high-waist is flattering on the waist (and it holds you in!), and
the loose fit allows you to feel comfortable. All the characteristics for the perfect jean!” Sold.
E.L.V’s high-waisted boyfriend jeans will be available at Selfridges from January and then NET-A-PORTER from February 2019.
As an extension to the longer-line straight-leg styles and ultra-baggy jeans we’ve seen coming in over the past few months, this feels like the kind of flattering denim trend that could really take over from all other silhouettes as your go-to jean for the weekend. Keep things streamlined with a slim-fit knit or tee on top, choose an ankle-grazing cut if you feel daunted by a floor-scraping hemline, and add heels for an instant night-out outfit.