8 Jeans Trends Fashion People Will Live In This Summer

While many of us consider jeans a year-round staple, it’s understandable if you’re a little tired of wearing them by the time summer rolls around. Personally, I live in jeans during winter and spring, switching out knitwear for milkmaid tops when the weather allows. So by summer, I often find that jeans take a back seat to dresses and skirts.

This, however, is something of an injustice. After all, which wardrobe item is as reliable as a pair of jeans? Whatever your sartorial dilemma may be, they're there for you—all you need do is pull them on. So with the intention of showing them the appreciation they deserve this summer, I’ve charted the trending styles that’ll make you fall in love with your jeans all over again.

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @monikh wears a pair of blue jeans

Photo:

@monikh

This summer’s jeans trends go way beyond fashion’s favourite straight-legs. 

Let it be said: A pair of straight-leg jeans will never falter in the eyes of fashion, but if you’re looking to push your denim boundaries and embrace something new, I’ve whittled down the need-to-know summer 2022 jeans trends for you—all eight of them. From the colour to try to the small details, which, trust me, make all the difference, scroll on to see the jeans that should rightly dominate your outfits for the next few months. 

1. JUMBO TURN-UPS

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @sasha.mei wears jeans with a turn-up hem

Photo:

@sasha.mei

Style Notes: While turning up the hemlines of our jeans is something many of us do instinctively, brands are taking the look to the next level with OTT turn-ups built into their designs. 

Shop the Trend

The distressed colouring on these jeans looks so authentic. 

Dark denim always looks so sleek paired with tan accessories and white shirting. 

2. BARREL

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @louisahatt wears a pair of barrel-leg jeans

Photo:

@louisahatt

Style Notes: While we’ve established that straight-leg jeans will never go out of style, recently I’ve been seeing more and more fashion types opting for barrel-leg jeans—jeans that balloon on the thigh then taper towards the ankle—over the past few weeks. 

Shop the Trend

This COS pair boasts the perfect barrel silhouette. 

White jeans feel so fresh for summer, but more on that later…

If black jeans are more your thing, I really rate this cropped pair from Gap. 

3. CARGO

Style Notes: Cargo trousers have been trending for a while now. Though, we typically see them coming through in khaki cotton. Now, suddenly, cargo jeans seem to be a thing, winning over influencers and editors alike with their Y2K fashion appeal. 

Shop the Trend

Look for low-rise pairs like Mango's to really nail that Y2K aesthetic. 

That’s right: Even high-end designers are backing denim cargos for summer. 

Tick off two trends in one with a wide-leg pair. 

4. WIDE-LEG

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @javiera wears a pair of wide-leg jeans

Photo:

@javiera

Style Notes: While we’re on the subject of wide-leg jeans, let’s take a moment to appreciate them in their oversize glory. Wide-leg jeans first started tracking post-lockdown, when we wanted our denim to be just as comfortable as the joggers we’d gotten used to. Rest assured they’re not going anywhere this summer.

Shop the Trend

A grey pair will make your pure-black separates pop. 

This shade of blue is perfect for summer and will wear just as well with bright clothes as it will neutrals. 

This frugal M&S pair comes in four versatile denim colours. 

5. PATCHWORK

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @tamaramory wears a pair of patchwork jeans

Photo:

@tamaramory

Style Notes: The ’70s were a major influence on the S/S 22 runways, with patchwork being one of the most prevalent trends we saw come through in the designer collections. Naturally, one of the easiest ways to wear it is by way of a pair of patchwork jeans. 

Shop the Trend

Stick to two complementary tones if you’re tentative about trying patchwork. 

Once you’ve found your patchwork confidence, try this trick-colour pair. 

I love the placement of the different denim washes on these patchwork jeans. 

6. PATCH POCKETS

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @juliesfi wears a pair of jeans with patch pockets

Photo:

@juliesfi

Style Notes: Now, let’s pivot to a different kind of patch. Patch pockets keep cropping up on the best jeans of the season—another signifier that we’re reliving the best of ’70s fashion in 2022. 

Shop the Trend

This & Other Stories pair have just had a restock. 

The trend also comes in lighter jean styles, too. 

The front seams and flared leg really add to the retro feel of these patch-pocket jeans. 

7. FRESH WHITE

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @greceghanem wears a pair of white jeans

Photo:

@greceghanem

Style Notes: They may have once been considered a fashion faux pas, but white jeans are now one of a fashion insider’s favourite things to wear come summer. Avoid skinnies and instead channel the trend in straight-leg silhouettes for an up-to-date feel. 

Paper-bag waistlines are hard to come by but give the most flattering silhouette. 

I’m here for the entire styling of this look. 

8. FLARES

Summer 2022 Jeans Trends: @biancaffoley wears a pair of flare jeans

Photo:

@biancaffoley

Style Notes: Rounding off our summer 2022 jeans trends is a style that has long been favoured by French women and has gradually started to take over our wardrobes, too. Flares are back and sleeker than ever. 

Shop the Trend

You know a trend is noteworthy when Totême gives it its seal of approval. 

The fade on the thighs of these jeans is perfect. 

Related Stories