A New Era of Casual Wear

By: Salma Ahmed

Ever since the late 60s, jeans have become a staple in wardrobes of the masses. From bell-bottom jeans in 1969, distressed denim in the 80s and the skinny jeans of the 2000s, the popularity of this wardrobe staple is largely due to its versatility, durability and effortless styling options. It is safe to say that denim is one of the longest running trends in the history of fashion.

For decades, the only type of pants you'd see people walking down the streets in was jeans. Although the denim trend doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, more and more people are starting to experiment with their casual wear by incorporating fabrics other than denim into their pants. This change can be mostly seen in this year's fashion week street style, where denim made an appearance, but was overshadowed by the likes of tweed, chiffon and silk trousers. These different fabrics, usually seen on more formal wear, elevated simple casual looks and made them appear more expensive. Most importantly, the incorporation of these fabrics resulted in unique, more vibrant looks.

These pants have a special quality that denim could never achieve, no matter how hard designers try to renovate the concept of the classic jeans. These renovations of classic denim can be seen through past trends such as pearl-encrusted denim or the clear knee jeans, which got a lot of negative criticism from the general public. 

With this new era of casual wear, people are slowly starting to replace their everyday jeans with more elegant pant options that can be dressed up or down. Although the classic, effortless look of jeans and a t-shirt isn't going anywhere, the elevated trouser allows people more styling opportunities to make a look their own, while still being comfortable on the go.