Denim: The Forever Trend

Thanks to Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss, we gained a timeless piece of clothing in 1871 that seems to never go out of style. Jeans started out as work garments, but ever since the 1950s, new trends emerge every decade and resurface time and time again to be revived to coincide with the modern look of that time. But now, the denim trend has taken on a whole new meaning. From iron-ons to patches, fringes and embroidery, the newest denim looks are changing the game. Valley has compiled a list of our favorite denim pieces that are taking the fashion world by storm.

Fringed and Frayed

This unique denim fad turns any simple outfit into an effortlessly mod ensemble. Beginning at the lower-calf, fringed and frayed denim falls to the ankle. Pair these ASOS Extreme Frayed Hem Jeans with funky booties or mules for a leg-lengthening effect or Pointed Toe Heels for fancier settings.


Two-tone jeans are another look that are a year-round hit. Paired with booties, sneakers or sandals, these jeans will be a staple, but statement, in your closet. These American Eagle Outfitters Hi-Rise Vintage Jeans in Truly Two go nicely with a lightweight sweater and booties to ease your wardrobe into spring. Don’t be afraid to try big patterns and vibrant colors for a 70s feel.

Iron-Ons and Patchwork

Whether you choose to DIY or to buy the finished product, iron-on patches are big on jeans, denim shirts and jackets, backpacks and more. This American Eagle Outfitters Oversized Patched Denim Shirt is a fresh take on a classic piece. Buying a size up gives edge or versatility when pairing with an undershirt. Throw the shirt over some patched boyfriend jeans when going for a modern Canadian Tuxedo (denim on denim).

Intricate Embroidery

We are forecasting embroidered jeans to be a major trend of Spring 2017. Coming in all shapes, sizes and cuts, the embroidered trend can be tailored to personal style and wardrobe. The distressed ASOS Embroidered Jeans are feminine when paired with an off-the-shoulder blouse, or you have the option to rough it up with a leather moto jacket and a double buckle belt.

Penn State sophomore Emma Sheehan likes to style her jeans with different accessories depending on the setting.

“I always style jeans with a plain black shirt, fur jacket and booties,” says Sheehan. “Or if I want to dress them down, then sneakers, a knitted cardigan and a plain shirt, as well.”

Whatever denim you sport, it’s all about taking a trend and making it your own. Incorporate accessories that encompass your personal fashion. Denim is a tribute to times past, present trends and your own personal style.