I feel like I’ve been in skinny jeans forever.

I’ve certainly own them in every color since as long as I can remember and I know I’m not the only one. The “skinny” fit has become a denim staple for both men and women under the influence of major skinny jeans experts like Emmanuelle Alt.

And there’s nothing wrong with that…denim is certainly not a trend that will ever go out of style. But there is room for improvement and change. Last year my fashion professor actually told me that the denim industry had become stagnated because of the high popularity of the skinny jeans. She said that it was working on pushing different styles to move people away from buying the same style over and over. And I think its working!

Brands like Vetements and Marques Almeida are designing jeans with new flared and straight fits that are both modern and artful. Mix in inspiration from Brie’s extensive pants collection and a visit to Tokio 7’s sale section and I think I’m on the right track. Farewell black skinny jeans! (But not forever though…)

Anyone else ready to change up their denim game? Any tips or brands to check out?

– By Nicole, Intern at the Studio