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Back to School Fashion: 5 Fall 2012 Denim Trends to Try


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Over the last few weeks, we’ve told you all about the best back-to-school fashion trendsFall 2012’s hottest colors and the trendiest fall shoes, and this week is all about denim.

Jeans are among the most versatile pieces a college girl can own — they’re comfortable, flattering and can go from day to night in a second, making them an irreplaceable wardrobe staple. However, this fall’s hottest denim styles are a bit outside of the typical blue jean box. Colored, patterned and textured jeans are all the rage for fall, and are among the five hottest denim trends for Fall 2012. Want to know more? Read on!

1. Colored Jeans

After being popular for several seasons now, colored jeans are now becoming a denim mainstay — if you don’t already own a pair, get on it! For fall, these jeans are available in practically every color under the sun, but be on the lookout for denim in some of the season’s trendiest colors like pink and green, as pictured below.

Colored Jeans Fall 2012 Denim Trend
Product Info: Red- Wal-Mart, Light Pink- Gap, Green-, Purple- Kohl’s, Dark Pink- Macy’s, Olive- Old Navy

2. Printed Jeans

Floral and leopard and plaid, oh my! Printed denim is hot for fall and a fantastic way to incorporate some pattern into your look. Not sure how to style printed jeans? Pairing them with a solid colored top will always look chic, but try mixing prints for a bold, fashion-forward look. And no matter what your pattern preference, there’s likely a pair of jeans out there for you — just check out a few of our faves below.

Printed Jeans Fall 2012 Denim Trend
Product Info: Snake Print- Macy’s, Light Floral- Charlotte Russe, Plaid- Wet Seal, Lace Print- Target, Leopard Print- Alloy, Dark Floral- Target

3. Destructed Denim

Whether you call them destroyed, distressed or destructed, jeans that are riddled with rips, shreds and tears are making a comeback this fall. While this trend may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you want to rock destructed jeans, just remember to pair them with more polished pieces to create a balanced look. Here are a few of our favorite budget-friendly destructed jeans.

Destructed Denim Fall 2012 Denim Trend
Product Info: Bootcut- Target, Boyfriend- Urban Outfitters, Burgundy- Alloy, Skinny Kick- American Eagle Outfitters, White- Delia’s, Skinny- Forever 21

4. Coated Jeans

If you’re looking to add a little edge to your wardrobe, look no further than this season’s coated jeans. These jeans have a waxy, leather-like texture making them a unique addition to your closet. While some coated jeans look similar to blue jeans, we personally love the darker-hued and metallic offerings out there — they would be perfect for a fun night out. Take a peek at some of of our fave coated jeans below.

Coated-Waxed Jeans Fall 2012 Denim Trend
Product Info: Cobalt- Mango, Black- H&M, Wine- Wet Seal, Brown- JCPenney, Blue- Forever 21, Gray- Forever 21

5. Acid Wash Jeans

Fashion is cyclical, so it’s no surprise that the popular acid wash jeans of the late ’80s and early ’90s are making a fashion comeback this fall. This season’s offerings have a subtle pattern that creates a casual, yet fashion-forward look. In fact, we think these jeans would look perfect for fall when paired with a slouchy sweater and some chic ankle booties. Check out some our acid wash picks for fall below.

Acid Wash Jeans Fall 2012 Denim Trend
Product Info: Black- Alloy, Pink- Forever 21, Gray- Go Jane, Medium Blue- Forever 21, Light Blue- Nasty Gal, Dark Wash- Debenhams

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these denim trends? Which one is your favorite? Any trends you aren’t too fond of? Will you be wearing any of these jeans on campus this fall? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on August 26, 2012 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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42 Responses to “Back to School Fashion: 5 Fall 2012 Denim Trends to Try”

  1. 1
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I love, love, love colored pants!!! I own olive, tangerine, and fuchsia. I can’t wait to add more colors. I’m hankering for some yellow and mint.

    In theory, I’m a fan of printed jeans, but I’ve yet to find a pair that doesn’t hurt my eyes.

    I haven’t seen any coated denim. That’s definitely new.

    I’m really not a fan of destroyed and acid wash jeans. I’ll keep those trends in the past.

  2. 2
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I love all of them but regardless of what’s fashionable, skinny jeans will always be number 1 in my eyes!

  3. 3
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Love the destructed jeans and I SO want a pair of burgundy colored jeans. My red jeans are falling apart :(

  4. 4
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Abosolutly LOVE colored and printed jeans! I’m really lusting for a burgundy pair of skinniest. However, I have really never been fond of acid washed jeans.

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    August 26th, 2012 at 2:50 pm


  6. 6
    August 26th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I have a pair of each of these styles from previous seasons, except for coated denim, which I might think of purchasing!

  7. 7
    August 26th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    @Sabra I’ve been looking all over for some burgundy skinnies too.

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    August 26th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I bought a pair of grey leopard print jeans a while ago, kind of like the ones in the picture, and they’ve been lurking in my closet, definitely going to be bringing them out over the fall!
    Love the idea of coated jeans, so different to the sea of plain denim jeans you see everyday!
    The only one I don’t love is the distressed denim idea, they still feel very outdated and mid-90s/early 00s to me!
    Cannot wait for all the fall fashions to come out!

  10. 10
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Already ordered the wine coated jeans on Wet Seal :D

  11. 11
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I am so in love with the colored denim and printed denim trend! I have a pair of cobalt blue cropped jeans that I am so in love with! I really want to get a pair of printed jeans.

  12. 12
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Loving colored jeans. I’ve only had blue and black ones before, but I just bought a burgundy pair from H&M and I love them to bits.

  13. 13
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I just raided my Mom’s closet for acid wash jeans. She had 7 pairs. I was absolutely amazed, she doesn’t seem like the type to save so many pairs.

  14. 14
    August 26th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I’ll definitely try out these jeans when the semester starts!

  15. 15
    August 26th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I like the colored ones the best. Printed is ok, but distressed just seems sloppy to me. And the acid wash brings back to many bad memories of my Mom’s jeans from the early 90’s….no thanks.

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    August 26th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Petites! Go to Loft (by Ann Taylor) – they have a ton of colored and some leopard and brocade patterned jeans in petite lengths and small sizes in regular lengths. They seem to have both a straighter and a curvier fit in regular – I don’t know if this applies to petite, but check it out. This is NOT an advertisement – I was just in there the other day, and thought I’d share it with the smaller ladies out there.

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    August 27th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Colored jeans will never get old in my book. I love sporting bold bottoms. I’ve never actually tried the coated jean trend though. Thanks for sharing, I’ll def. make sure to try it out!

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    August 29th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I’m currently wearing my coral denim jeans, and hoping I’ll still be inspired to wear them in the fall. They’re a darker version of coral, so I think it’ll work.

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    August 30th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Colored jeant are my favourite! <3

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    September 11th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    i love wearing other kind of dress like in causal bt i dnt knw names of various kind of jeans or apants

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    September 12th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I love the look of destroyed and acid wash jeans. I used to own a pair of coated jeans and I refuse to buy another pair because of how uncomfortable they were… Just… No…

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