Denim is a fall essential, but this season, you should think beyond your favourite skinny jeans and rugged, slouchy boyfriends. It’s time to try the time-tested fabric in a new shape! From shirts to skirts to shoes, denim is set to be everywhere this fall:
Your guide to fall denim, because it isn’t summer any more
Soften UpThis soft denim shirt is dressed up with rhinestones, which is super-cute. Meanwhile, the short sleeves and loose fit make it even more modern. Wear it with dark denim or pair it with a pencil skirt.
Mango Denim Soft Shirt, $80 at Mango. Mango
Going WesternWhile the Western shirt is a more classic look, it's one we haven't seen in a while. With vintage '70s styles ruling the runways, this will be a wardrobe staple this season. Tuck it into high-waisted pants to get the look.
Forever 21 Collared Denim Western Shirt, $28 at Forever 21. Forever 21
High-WaistedWhile flares are definitely trendy for fall, you don't have to give up your skinny jeans. These high-waisted jeans are a bit more forgiving with a straight leg versus a legging-style leg.
Mango High Waist London Jeans, $90 at Mango. Mango
Go Vintage-ishThese look like they were pulled straight from the wardrobe of Dazed And Confused—and this season, that's a good thing. You don't have to feel like you're in costume while wearing these, though. Wear them with crisp button-ups and your favourite tees to bring them into the 21st century.
Zara Vintage Style Denim Jeans, $70 at Zara. Zara
Take a JogThis jogger-style jean takes the athleisure trend into fall. Plus, slash pockets in front and welt pockets in back keep the look more street than yoga studio.
Loft Denim Joggers in Pure Dark Indigo Wash, $96 at Loft. Loft
The It JeanWhile we can't promise that these jeans will still be in style in two years, this is definitely the hottest shape in denim. The crop and frayed hem are key, along with a flared leg and higher rise.
Citizens of Humanity Melanie Crop Retro, $303 at Aritzia.Aritzia
Learn to ShirtThe denim shirt in dress form is a great, easy basic. Choose one with a trendy frayed hem like this, or go with something more finished so you can wear it to the office with a blazer and tights.
Zara "Essentials" Denim Dress, $36 at Zara.Zara
Go DarkDenim doesn't have to be a solid hue. This dark, double x patterned dress features super convenient pockets and a relaxed fit so it looks great but is also super comfy.
Mango Dark Denim Dress, $70 at MangoMango
Patchwork It, GirlAnother important trend in denim is patchwork. Jump on the overall trend with this pinafore dress. It's a bit more grown up than overalls and will look perfect with woolly fall tights.
ASOS Denim Patchwork Mini Pinafore Dress, $85 at ASOS.ASOS
Dress for the OfficeThis denim dress is definitely boardroom-appropriate. The dark wash, fitted shape and exposed zip make it both fashionable and modest enough for any occasion.
Ann Taylor Denim Sheath Dress, $190 at Ann Taylor.Ann Taylor
Skirt the IssueThis calf-length skirt is kept sexy with a generous slit in front. It's a great alternative to jeans when you want to look a bit more put together.
Zara Denim Midi Skirt, $36 at Zara.Zara
Maximum OverdriveAlso a good alternative to jeans, this maxi denim skirt is just as comfy but definitely makes more of a statement. The wash on this floor-skimmer starts out light and gets darker by the hem, giving it an almost ombré look.
Mango Denim Long Skirt, $70 at Mango.Mango
Buttons of FunThis one may take you back to the '90s—and that's a good thing. This button-up denim pencil skirt will look just as good with a plaid shirt tied around the waist as it will with a delicate silk cami.
Forever 21 Buttoned Denim Skirt, $22 at Forever 21.Forever 21
Old-New ClassicAgain, not necessarily a new shape, but one that hasn't been as popular in recent years. This classic boyfriend Levi's jacket will become your everyday go-to. Yes, even with jeans.
Levi Strauss & Co. Bf Sunshine Jacket, $98 at Aritzia.Aritzia
In the NavyFall's military trend meets the season's denim trend in this utility jacket. Playful fraying makes it perfect weekend wear.
Life In Progress Frayed Denim Utility Jacket, $52 at Forever 21.Forever 21
Forever TrenchThis is a wear forever piece. It's a classic trench in a perfect dark denim with all the right details. Like the stand collar with button latch, its double-breasted shape and epaulets.
Ann Taylor Refined Denim Trench, $311 at Ann Taylor.Ann Taylor
Pedal to the DenimTake the denim trend right down to your toes with these cool ankle boots. The wide wood-grain heel has a retro vibe and it makes wearing heels that much more comfortable. Don't be afraid to wear these with different shades of denim—jeans, dresses, skirts and more.
Zara High Heel Denim Ankle Boots, $70 at Zara. Zara