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7 Denim Trends to Rock This Fall—Plus Sustainable Picks for Each

We've identified some of 2022's best denim trends, along with shoppable, sustainable options for each aesthetic.

Written by
Andrea Hill
September 6, 2022

Everyone should have a go-to pair of sustainable jeans in their closet. Denim is an American style staple, and this fall, some of the most noteworthy types of jeans are tried-and-true classics, while others feature a contemporary (and even quirky) twist.

From patchwork denim and wide-legged silhouettes to colorful hues for those who have enough blues, selecting a new pair of sustainable jeans is as simple as identifying the gaps in your wardrobe. And to make things even easier, we've identified some of 2022's best denim trends—and some eco-minded options for each aesthetic.

Sustainable denim is worth the investment, with factors like less water usage and a longer lifespan making environmentally sound and stylish as natural a combination as your new favorite denim and a timeless tee. Here, seven denim trends and the eco jeans to match.

7 Types of Jeans to Shop for Fall and Winter 2022

1. Patchwork Denim

Our Pick: Re/Done 70s Loose Flare, $695

These are basically the much cooler version of a quilt that grandma would knit for you—and this pair was upcycled from vintage denim in Los Angeles.

2. Colorful Denim

For those who have enough true blue types of jeans, shades like canary yellow, lilac, and baby pink offer eye-catching alternatives. This high-rise option is sustainably made in Turkey, with seven gallons of water saved per pair.

3. Mom Jeans

Ah, mom jeans. This trend isn't going anywhere, and these classics from Everlane boast organic cotton and reduced water use.

4. Flare Jeans

Rather than full-on bell bottoms, fall's flare is more of a slim bootcut. Plus, Madewell works with Better Cotton to improve conditions around cotton farming on a global scale.

5. Oversized Jeans

Our Pick: Everlane The Baggy Jean, $82

If roomy, breathable denim is a top priority for you, then you'll be happy to hear that oversized silhouettes are everywhere—and these are made from 100% bio-based and upcycled fiber.

6. Boyfriend Jeans

When chosen well, boyfriend jeans need not sacrifice in sleek, and options from Outerknown become even more chic when one consider the brand's commitment to sustainability.

7. Wide Leg Jeans

Culottes are still having a bit of the moment, though the current iteration of this denim trend leans subtle. This flattering pair will play well with boots in fall and sandals when spring returns.