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Denim Outerwear Is Just Warming Up for Spring

One of the biggest spring trends will have consumers looking for denim beyond the classic 5-pocket jean. Denim outerwear emerged as an unmissable item in Resort and Spring/Summer 2023 designer collections, spanning silhouettes with long lines to cropped bombers. 

Knee-grazing coats were part of collections by Chloe, Fendi and Rosetta Getty. Chloe styled a denim trench with a skirt and waistcoat in the same color wash. Rosetta Getty offered a versatile light-wash coat with two defining front pockets at the waist. 

A wide belt cinched Tod’s patchwork frayed coat. Jordanluca offered a deconstructed take on a jean blazer with mixed tones and exaggerated shoulders.   

Marine Serre also used tonal patchwork to add dimension to a denim trend, although with greater symmetry and cleaner seams. 

Norma Kamali continues to experiment with bold washes. The U.S. sportswear label coordinated a black acid-wash maxi skirt, which Trendalytics described as a “viral” basic in 2022, with a belted puff-sleeved jacket. 

LaPointe went glam with a denim duster trimmed with a matching blue faux fur collar. Valentino made a case for a casual-cool Trucker cape.

Maison Mihara Yasuhiro veered into workwear with a deep-pocketed long jacket.

Quilting added a sense of coziness to coats from Simon Miller and Greg Lauren. Gucci applied quilting to the sleeves of an oversized ’90s throwback bomber. Meanwhile, Jonathan Simkhai presented quilted denim as a set with his leather-trimmed bomber and matching wrap miniskirt.

Interest in the classic Trucker continues, however.

Khaite, CFDA’s 2022 Womenswear Designer of the Year, reimagined the wardrobe staple as a voluminous statement piece. Holo Market decorated a shrunken version with blue florals. Et Ochs updated the Trucker with various shades of indigo.