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It was Back to Basics for Denim Street Style at New York Fashion Week

With 501-inspired fits and vintage washes trending at New York Fashion Week, street style was more “Madewell” than “made a statement.”

Understated denim choices by female fashion week goers confirmed that fashion is moving away from the bold and brazen sensibility of streetwear, to a more elevated and traditional aesthetic coined by ageless style icons like Ralph Lauren and Lauren Hutton.

Straight fit jeans, a tee and a sharp blazer was the de facto uniform during the week’s chilliest days. Trendy items, like square-toe sandals, tiny handbags, belt bags and chunky sneakers were the only indicators that this classic look was time stamped with 2019.

Statement tops and jeans were a popular pairing. Mom, straight and high-rise skinny jeans balanced puffed sleeve blouses, corseted tops and backless tunics. The looks were often merchandised with strappy sandals and shades. Hints of the ’70s came through in high-rise jeans with an exposed button fly and wide leg jeans with front seams.

Fuss-free, head-to-toe denim looks were also trending.

Button-front overalls and wide leg jumpsuits were punctuated with bucket hats and colorful footwear. And Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine summed up the relaxed look with a Ralph Lauren denim shirt tucked neatly into ripped knee jeans.