The kids are back in school, and the seasons will soon begin to shift, which means it’s definitely time to update your wardrobe for fall. And while you’re typically able to wear the same classic jeans year after year, it’s always fun to add a few trendy pieces into the mix.

For fall 2017, old is new again in denim, and designers are incorporating influences from the ’70s through the ’90s with funky embroidery, flares and interesting hemlines. What’s not on the list, though, are ultra low-rise jeans.

“We’re seeing a lot of mid- and high-rise jeans this fall,” says Jennifer Martens, buyer for Posh Boutique, a Nashville-based boutique with an online store as well. “Mid-rise is flattering on everyone, and even though some people are scared of a high-rise, it’s really comfortable and forgiving.”

Mid- and high-rise jeans are very on trend. “Mid-rise is flattering on everyone,” says Jennifer Martens of Posh Boutique, “and even though some people are scared of a high-rise, it’s really comfortable and forgiving.” Hudson denim, $205

Rises are changing, and so are the fits. So while those skinny jeans may still be the perfect accompaniment for a breezy tunic that’s perfect for the summer-to-fall transition, you may want to pick up another style to pair with some of the cooler weather’s more tailored pieces.

“We have a lot of customers who come in, and they’re so over the skinny jean,” Jennifer explains. “Everyone has them in every wash and every color, and people just want to try some something different.”

When it comes to “something different,” this fall’s new denim trends definitely have something to offer. Below are Jennifer’s top picks for fall 2017’s must-buy styles:

Uneven Hemlines

Straight hems are so 2016, and this season’s styles are anything but straight.

The step hem is a longer-in-the-back, shorter-in-the-front cut that looks almost like a denim mullet — though Jennifer promises that it’s universally flattering and slimming on the leg. “I’m short, but I could wear this because it’s going to make my leg look a little bit longer,” she says.

Mules are a huge shoe trend for fall, and they’re perfect paired with the step hem that will show them off more than a regular cut. Not sure how to find the right length? The back hem should fall at the top of your shoes.

Mules are a huge shoe trend for fall, and they’re perfect paired with the step hem that will show them off more than a regular cut. Not sure how to find the right length? The back hem should fall at the bottom of the ankle. Hudson denim, $205; Free People mules, $98

McGuire frayed-hem denim, $228; Seychelles mules, $112

Embroidery

If the word embroidery conjures images of your grandmother’s throw pillows, think again. Designers are adding chic and sophisticated designs to denim that can range from a few flowers or designs around the pockets, to full coverage in a stitch that’s close to the color of the denim, for a still subtle effect. The best part? 2017’s embroidery is versatile, so you can dress it down with a tee and cute sneakers for day, and then dress it up for evening by adding a cute blazer and swapping the sneaks for a stacked heel.

These jeans feature embroidered stars that are close in color to the denim wash.

These jeans feature embroidered stars that are close in color to the denim wash. Hudson denim, $265; J Slides, $132

This more colorful embroidery is just on-trend!

This more colorful embroidery is just on-trend! Karlie jacket, $152

Color Blocking

This style can be done in different ways, from a sailor stripe down the side of the leg, to a two-tone pattern on the front. In almost any case, though, the darker wash creates a slimming effect that makes this trend flattering for all body types and heights.

A darker sailor stripe down the side has a slimming effect, making it a favorite look for many.

A darker sailor stripe down the side has a slimming effect, making it a favorite look for many. Hudson denim, $215

Cropped Flares

While noting that almost all denim styles she’s seeing for fall are at least a little bit cropped, Jennifer also says that the cropped flare — a holdover from last spring with a higher and edgier hemline — is the season’s most adventurous look. “It’s riskier for people because it hits mid-calf,” says Jennifer.

Shorter women may be afraid of the cropped flare because of its potential to cut off the leg and reduce length, but Jennifer says that can be alleviated by choosing a higher shoe instead of a flat or a sneaker. And it may also be harder to pull off for a curvier body type, as compared to some of the other trends that can work on any shape. That said, Jennifer believes that women should ignore the “rules” and choose the jeans that they love. “I feel that, with jeans, any body type can wear anything,” she says. “It just depends on what you wear it with.”

Jennifer adds that there are some cropped flare styles that have a slit up the leg, which may be ideal for shorter women. “That’s very flattering because it shows more of the leg instead of cutting you off.”

And with each of these new trends, none of them have to replace the jeans you already love. “This doesn’t mean that the skinny, regular length jean is not ‘in,’” says Jennifer. “Those styles are just more of a staple now, and these new styles are a way to try something new and fun.”

Special thanks for the advice to Posh Boutique!

Photography by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography.

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