What’s hot this spring in denim

Follow @cnnmoney Spring is just around the corner. And if you’re anything like us, you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe. So, we got in touch with designer Kevin Edwards of hipster and streetwear brand…

What's hot this spring in denim

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Spring is just around the corner. And if you’re anything like us, you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe.

So, we got in touch with designer Kevin Edwards of hipster and streetwear brand Toqué!. He offered tips on what trends you should look for this season.

Slightly more basic. It used to be all about black, the skinny jean has made a pretty low profile for the last few seasons, but Kevin reminds us it’s still on trend, especially the wide leg variety that’s common in denim for summer. He does the rounds of festivals, backyard parties and concerts with his vintage retro mannequins, so he’d recommend a dark wash, premium denim and a bit of a rock edge.

Super short. While designers are ditching high waisted jean skirts in favor of trouser silhouettes (mostly in plaids), this trend may not be for everyone. In my opinion, that’s such a style dead end, and very one of those “go big or go home” things.

Super skinny. Just like the flat white would be overdone, but still just half the size of its big sister, skinny jeans in the 21st century are always going to be understated.

Hipster basics. Part of this season’s move away from ultra-stretchy fabrics is a desire to simplify. We don’t want to have to figure out how to do our hair and makeup and still have our legs worked out on a weekend getaway.

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David Leahy, editor-in-chief of Toqué!, has an extensive background in art direction for brands like Nike, Levi’s and Rockport. David tells his readers to look for three key trends in denim right now:

50s is back: Big, wide ass and blue jeans are the fashion statements of this century.

Black is still in: The over-the-knee mom denim schoolgirl styles made their splash during the 2008 fashion revival. Now, an update is hitting, so think hoodies and athletic wear with retro flair.

Backwards has come back: Like all of fashion, denim trends can be cyclical, but decades-old styles that you buy today might have a run around half century ago.

Crafting the perfect look

“A denim edge isn’t good enough, a vintage vibe can’t do it for you,” says Kevin.

Pick what you like. Steer clear of: “A busted sneaker, bottle tops and sparkly heels are never going to translate from boho to rock. Puts you in the friend zone,” he says. “Always pick something fun with cool details, like branding and spikes, that you’re comfortable in.”

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