The 8 Must-Have Women’s Jeans Styles You Need in 2022

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Denim jeans are a classic that will live in your closet forever. While they’re everyone’s best friend for casual fashion, denim trends can come and go. 2022 has already been a rollercoaster for denim jeans.

TikTok declared that it was “canceling” skinny jeans in favor of ‘mom jeans.’ With ‘90s fashion making a comeback, denim is once again becoming more oversized.

Spoiler alert: it’s all about early 2000s-inspired denim. 2022 is looking to the past for denim inspiration. Trends, as varied as oversized ‘90s jeans and low-rise denim, are once again making a comeback on the runway.

You can’t scroll through TikTok or Instagram without celebrities and influencers rocking these 2022 denim trends.

Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Katie Holmes, Gwen Stefani, and Hailey Bieber wearing this year's must-have jeansHeidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Katie Holmes, Gwen Stefani, and Hailey Bieber wearing this year’s must-have jeans (Credit: Mega / WENN)

While you might still be hanging on to your beloved skinny jeans, these eight denim jeans trends might convince you to try something new this season.

Whether you’re building a capsule closet or exploring new styles for 2022, denim jeans are the ultimate investment. We’re sharing the top jean trends for 2022 to help you find your new signature denim style. Grab your credit card. It’s time to go shopping!

1. Oversized ‘90s Jeans

Are you switching athleisure for denim this season? Oversized ‘90s jeans can make the transition a little easier.

We’re seeing this denim trend all over the runway, spearheaded by ‘it’ streetwear brands like Balenciaga. The relaxed silhouette of these jeans makes them perfect for working from home or for casual weekend errands.

1. Frame Le Baggy High Waist Wide Leg Jeans; 2. Heron Preston Code 8000 Baggy Jeans; 3. Frame High-Rise Baggy Jeans1. Frame Le Baggy High Waist Wide Leg Jeans, $278 at Nordstrom; 2. Heron Preston Code 8000 Baggy Jeans, $415 at Farfetch; 3. Frame High-Rise Baggy Jeans, $328 at Saks Fifth Avenue

These baggy jeans are one of the most versatile styles on this list. Keep them casual with sporty sneakers during the day and switch out for statement heels in the evening. You’ll find yourself reaching for these ‘90s jeans every season.

2. Cropped Jeans

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get your hands on a pair of cropped jeans. The most popular styles have a straight-leg silhouette, perfect for showing off your fresh summer tan.

This denim trend is quickly becoming a favorite amongst supermodels and celebrities, including the Hadid sisters.

1. SLVRLAKE London Crop Jeans; 2. Citizens of Humanity Charlotte Cropped Straight-leg Jeans; 3. Hudson Jeans Holly High-Rise Straight Crop1. SLVRLAKE London Crop Jeans, $289 at Shopbop; 2. Citizens of Humanity Charlotte Cropped Straight-leg Jeans, $306 at Matches Fashion; 3. Hudson Jeans Holly High-Rise Straight Crop, $215 at Zappos

If you’re planning on investing in these jeans for summer, look out for lighter shades of denim. A light wash blue or white jeans will carry you effortlessly through to autumn.

We love these jeans for their versatility. You can style them with mules or slides for summer, boots for winter, and sneakers all year round.

The straight-leg silhouette is universally flattering and one you can find from almost every denim brand.

3. Statement Denim Colors

Pastels and neons are all the rage in the denim world. Jeans are one of the easiest ways to start experimenting with color without going too far out of your comfort zone.

Whether you’re styling them with neutrals or head-to-toe color, bold denim is one trend that’s here to stay for 2022.

4 jeans in statement denim colors1. Lemaire High-rise Garment-dyed Cropped Jeans, $450 at Matches Fashion; 2. Edwin Anderson Ankle Jeans, $178 at Shopbop; 3. Topshop Color Splice Cotton Twill Flare Pants, $74 at Nordstrom; 4. Mango Color Wash Wide Leg Jeans, $79.99 at Nordstrom

Light colors are also having a moment with current denim trends, with white and cream jeans being amongst the best-sellers for 2022.

Some of the most popular shades include bubblegum pink, neon blue, and fluorescent green. If you want to channel your inner country singer, create a matching outfit with a co-ord look. It’s an effortlessly chic look that is right on trend for 2022.

4. ‘80s-inspired Flared Jeans

Another retro style that’s making a comeback in 2022 is flared jeans. This ‘80s-classic is having a major moment for spring/summer as a style that naturally elongates your legs with a feminine look.

Bonus points if you find a style with a fun and quirky print!

1. Free People Just Float On Geo Flare Jeans; 2. RE/DONE '70s Loose Flare Jeans; 3. Acne Studios Cotton-blend Corduroy Flared-leg Trousers; 4. Balmain Flared Jeans1. Free People Just Float On Geo Flare Jeans, $98 at Nordstrom; 2. RE/DONE ’70s Loose Flare Jeans, $295 at Shopbop; 3. Acne Studios Cotton-blend Corduroy Flared-leg Trousers, $390 at Matches Fashion; 4. Balmain Flared Jeans, $967 at Farfetch

One thing that often puts people off flared jeans is their length. Never fear!

A kick-flare jean is a similar silhouette that is slightly cropped at the ankle to make it easier to style for those who are petite or prefer to wear flat shoes. Flare jeans are a nostalgic trend that every ‘90s kid will want to jump on.

5. Ripped jeans

The Y2K trend is everywhere you look in 2022. It’s left its mark on denim with the resurgence of ripped jeans.

This jean trend reminds us of all our favorite pop stars from the early 2000s. Channel your inner Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera with a pair of light-wash ripped jeans for 2022.

1. Icon Denim Poppy High-waisted Wide Leg Jeans; 2. Pistola Denim Stevie High Rise Flare Jeans; 3. Pistola Presley Ripped Ankle Straight Jeans1. Icon Denim Poppy High-waisted Wide Leg Jeans, $112 at Farfetch; 2. Pistola Denim Stevie High Rise Flare Jeans, $168 at Shopbop; 3. Pistola Presley Ripped Ankle Straight Jeans, $148 at Nordstrom

You’ll find these popular denim jeans in almost every silhouette, from oversized to skinny and straight-leg shapes. Look out for styles with a flared silhouette or distressed hem for an extra vintage look.

6. Printed Jeans

One denim trend that deserves its moment to shine is printed jeans. Whether you’re a fan of graphic prints or the ‘logomania’ trend, this denim style has something for everyone.

1. Balenciaga Logo Print Cropped Jeans; 2. Stella McCartney Tie Dye High Rise Crop Jeans; 3. Topshop Kort Postcard Print Nonstretch Jeans; 4. Ganni High-rise Floral-print Wide-leg Jeans1. Balenciaga Logo-Print Cropped Jeans, $925 at Farfetch; 2. Stella McCartney Tie Dye High Rise Crop Jeans, $695 at Shopbop; 3. Topshop Kort Postcard Print Nonstretch Jeans, $86 at Nordstrom; 4. Ganni High-rise Floral-print Wide-leg Jeans, $325 at Matches Fashion

It’s a way of adding a splash of your personality to any outfit with denim jeans.

The versatility of prints means that you’ll find them on any style of jeans – whether you’re searching for baggy ‘90s jeans or a contemporary straight-leg style.

7. Low-rise Jeans

Love them or hate them, low-rise jeans are back in vogue. This style was made famous by celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears back in the early 2000s.

Designer brands like Versace have been all over the trend this year. You can expect to see them styled with everything from crop tops to button-up blouses.

4 Low-rise jeans from Maison Margiela, BP., Saint Laurent and Agolde1.Maison Margiela Décortiqué Wide-leg Jeans, $695 at Farfetch; 2. BP. Low Rise Flare Jeans, $49 at Nordstrom; 3. Saint Laurent New Low-Rise Jeans, $790 at Saks Fifth Avenue; 4. Agolde Lyle: Low Rise Slim Jeans, $198 at Shopbop

While the jeans won’t be for everyone, they’re the perfect choice for those with an hourglass silhouette who want to show off their curves. Most low-rise jeans will come with a straight-leg silhouette to elongate your curves.

8. Cargo Jeans

Baggy jeans aren’t for everyone. If you want a more versatile style, take cargo jeans for a test ride. They’re a more utilitarian alternative to the ‘90s baggy jean trend but just as chic.

We’ll be wearing them all season long as a streetwear staple. You’ll find most of these jeans in a bootcut silhouette – perfect for showing off your latest pair of sneakers or platform boots.

1. River Island Aria Cargo Dad Jeans; 2. Kenzo Denim Cargo Trousers; 3. Staud Easton Denim Cargo Trousers1. River Island Aria Cargo Dad Jeans, $100 at Nordstrom; 2. Kenzo Denim Cargo Trousers, $495 at Farfetch; 3. Staud Easton Denim Cargo Trousers, $295 at Matches Fashion

Which denim trends are you following in 2022? Do you believe skinny jeans are really out of style?

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