By Annie Cui,
Ripped boyfriend jeans hang off of sophomore Yixuan Yu’s hips and a denim jacket drapes across her shoulders. Sophomore Kendall Warnock struts down the halls in her high waisted jeans, cuffed at the bottom. In class, all of sophomore Jillian Foster’s friends adore her denim overalls.
Skinny jeans are still worn by many, but loose jeans and denim tops catch the eye as students adopt new denim trends. Boyfriend jeans and denim jackets are taking center stage right now, accompanied by denim on denim, overalls, denim skirts and shirts.
Warnock is determined to hunt for the perfect pair of denim overalls this fall. It’ll spice up her closet along with her denim jacket. For Warnock, boyfriend jeans are “a yes” because “it’s refreshing to see something more ‘boyish’ fashionably worn by girls.”
Boyfriend jeans have a relaxed vintage image opposed to tighter and edgier skinny jeans, and no boyfriend is required!
For some, loose fitted jeans not only illustrate fashion, but a relief from the skin tight skinny jeans. “I hate skinny jeans; they are so uncomfortable,” Yu said.
Yu is a strong advocate for mom jeans, and, for her, it is one of the highlights of the denim trend. “Mom” jeans are loose fitting like boyfriend jeans but accentuate the hips with a high waistline.
Junior Aubrey Lee-Smith respects both boyfriend and skinny jeans, and though boyfriend jeans are on the rise, she doubts skinny jeans will become extinct because “they are very popular among many crowds, even some boys wear them.”
Lee-Smith buys her jeans at stores like Topshop and American Apparel and nominates thrift stores for the “best denim jacket.”
Male fashionista and junior Kyle Qi acknowledges the loose fitting jeans trend but thinks they look “shabby and to be honest, ugly.” Instead, Qi embraces denim snapback hats and denim jackets.
“Like the men of Davis High, denim is fashionable and durable,” Qi said.
Denim is dominating more places than just DHS. Annie Vazquez is a beauty journalist who has worked with Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle, and is also a fashion blogger for The Fashion Poet. She says she “lives in” her denim jacket because it is “so easy to mix and match with dresses, pantsuits, and a plain ole tee and jeans.”
Warnock notices on social media that not only her classmates are rocking denim, but celebrities like Kendall and Kylie Jenner too and “whatever they do, goes.”
The last major comeback for boyfriend jeans and denim jackets was in the 90s, but, like all trends, they are constantly being recycled and reused, according to Vazquez.
Levi Strauss & Co. and Jacob Davis invented blue jeans in 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, the jeans epidemic has spread to teenagers, hippies and punks. Many believe it has never been more widely worn.
“I don’t really think there is anywhere else to go with the denim trend but we’ll see,” Lee-Smith said.