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Denim Gets Low and Loose at Paris Fashion Week

Travel bans and uncertainty didn’t keep Paris Fashion Week goers from showing up in style.

Attendees donned their best denim and took notes on Fall/Winter 20-21 trends—and maybe even set a few themselves. But while some shows communicated apocalyptic messages and darker, gothic themes, street style took on a calmer, more sophisticated look.

Denim often served as a foundational piece that set the stage for a louder focal point. In one case, a relaxed fit jean in a dark wash was paired with a belted oversized blazer. Cropped straight leg jeans in a light wash complemented a sequined lilac blazer and matching pumps, and in another instance, a cropped straight leg balanced out a fringed, knee-length kimono in a blue and white botanical print. The look was finished with kitten heels and denim-blue streaked hair.

Looser fits were also trending on the streets of Paris, with straight leg, dark wash jeans having a big moment. One pair of dual-toned denim featured a rolled waistline and cuffs to underscore its baggy fit and look like the jeans were borrowed from a man and reimagined as her own.

Winter white took form in white denim looks that ranged from cropped kick flares to straight legs with longer inseams. Another look took a simple white blazer and elevated it with light wash denim in the shape of a corset layered on top.

Fashion Week goers also tapped into the men’s wear trend sweeping all cities. Oversized denim jackets were paired with knee-high socks, chunky shoes and nothing more; denim suiting was punctuated with masculine checkered prints in mustard and grass color palettes. Though rips and tears helped make the look more casual in one instance, denim was mostly clean everywhere else.

Street style looks also point to a lower waistline—and as the waistline lowers, so does the length.