Trendy jeans are one of my wardrobe essentials, and I particularly enjoy wearing statement jeans. I’m wearing jeans less frequently than I used to — sometimes favouring pants or dresses instead — but I do wear them often enough to warrant refreshing my capsule for Spring and Summer. 

I passed on two pairs of very faded and worn out essential blue jeans this year. Here they are: 

Dark denim is on trend and after purchasing two pairs of full length White House Black Market Slim Jeans last year, I have that covered. Here is my jeans capsule before the refresh with the exact items from my wardrobe. 

The items I add have to work hard to earn a place in this capsule. The pairs I passed on were essentials, but am thinking about replacing them with statement jeans. The newcomers need to be cropped, tailored (not body-con), made of substantial denim that’s crisp and not overly stretchy, not too high in the rise, and different in some way to the pairs I have already. I’m thinking embroidery, patterns, statement cuffing and red jeans as refreshers. I could also do with another pair of white essential jeans, since those are a laundry bottleneck. Or a pair of white denim culottes.

These are the styles I have on my radar:

I’ve committed to the first three pairs already. The Pilcro High-Rise Cropped Flared Jeans with their all-over pretty daisy embroidery screams Summer and have a retro flavour. They look great with my eyelet tops, white cotton pullovers, and a few of my patterned blouses. The Pilcro Lemon Grove High-Rise Cropped Flared Jeans make my mouth water. They look great with white, red, navy, light blue, blush and chambray tops. The Ann Taylor Frayed Crop Jeans are a great extra essential so that I no longer bottleneck in the laundry. All three pairs of jeans need to be altered at the back of the waist because I have a slight sway back and they are high rise. The lengths are perfect, the fabric substantial, and the fit flattering.

The very trendy Massimo Dutti jeans are dark, but look significantly different because of the oversized turn-up. They might look more like streamlined culottes in person and can work throughout the year. The KUT embroidered boyfriend jeans look a little too faded and rough around the edges, but I like the mid-rise and the substantial fabric of the KUT brand enough to put them in the running. The red Zara culottes might be fun, but are least important since I already have red trousers.

Let me know what you think of these options. I’ll keep you posted on what works out and what doesn’t.