The Hottest Denim Trends for Fall

With its ability to be incredibly ladylike, totally relaxed and everything in between, our affection for denim runs deep. This fall, there are lots of ways to make it look new, whether in an updated silhouette or mixed with on-trend essentials

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The Darkest Wash

Understated yet eye-catching, denim in the darkest wash takes the classic trench in a whole new direction. There's no wrong way to wear it. You put it on over anything or try it as a dress, all on its own. Over-the-knee boots, optional.

Trench coat, Ann Taylor, $228

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Better Boyfriends

Get ready to fall head over heels. The newest take on boyfriend jeans will win you over, thanks to a slightly tapered shape that respects a woman's curves while still being plenty relaxed. And just because they're beat up doesn't mean you can't wear them with the most beautiful silk blouse around.

Jeans, Levi's, $108; Shirt, Judith & Charles, $275; Jacket, Roots, $888; shoes, Michael Kors Collection, $450; Bracelet, Banana Republic, $55

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Jean Jacket 2.0

The jacket you can live in all weekend just got better. Trimmed down to a curve-hugging fit, it still goes effortlessly over everything (like a knit dress) but performs even better layered under a voluminous blanket coat. And say hello to the fanny pack -cool-looking extras are tailor-made for casual days.

Jean jacket, Levi's, $98; Coat, Aritzia, $225; Dress, Line Knitwear, $275; Fanny Pack, Nine West, $95

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Chambray All the Way

An icy blue shade, a silken texture and a covered button closure elevate the tried-and-true chambray shirt from utilitarian to ultra-chic. Leather pants and a statement coat help to play up the high-fashion vibe, but it's just as much of a winner worn simply with dark blue jeans.

Chambray shirt, Levi's, $80; Trousers, Banana Republic, $370; necklace, Banana Republic, $68; Coat, Mackage, $1250

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Go Long

If you can't live without your skinny jeans - and we can't blame you - choose stylish layers on the long side to dress them up this fall. Dark denim is the typical recommendation for office wear, but by playing with neutral colours and ladylike accessories, even pale blue jeans can be taken seriously, un-hemmed cuffs and all.

Shirt, Willow & Thread, $60; Jeans, Yoga Jeans, $152; Sleeveless coat, J. Crew, $569; pumps, j. crew, $378; Ring, Ann Taylor, $40; Bag, Ted Baker, $479

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Sparkle Redux

How can bedazzled jeans look so cool? Step one: Choose grey denim - it's less obvious and more chic. Step two: Add a simple, solid-coloured knit - don't get fancy with bright tones or a pattern. Step three: Keep accessories pared down to supporting roles. The jeans are the star attraction, so let 'em shine!

Jeans, MICHAEL by Michael Kors, $295; Tunic, Line Knitwear, $199; Hat, Tristan, $100; Ring, Thomas Sabo, $259; bracelets, Thomas Sabo, $179 (top) $664 (bottom); shoes, Aldo, $90