10 New Denim Alternatives, According to the Men's Spring 2020 Shows

Swap your trusty pair of jeans with these options.

From its humble beginnings as workwear, denim has transformed into a counterculture garment as well as a piece of commercialized clothing. Now, it's a wardrobe staple, but with this reputation, it paid a price: ubiquity. Here, we look at the recent men's spring 2020 shows for alternatives to everyday denim.

1| Cropped trousers

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Ankle-grazing is a dependable choice. The distinctive style quirk showcases your beloved kicks or simply provides a much-needed accent and proportion to your outfit. Tailored or otherwise, it elevates any casual look. Create an effortless look by pairing a tailored pair with an open collar shirt and a pair of sleek leather sandals.

2| Chinos

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The ever-reliable chino is an easy alternative to denim. The possibilities are endless for this must-have item in your closet as the chino comes in a variety of styles, from skinny to tapered, and colors. As good as any canvas, it can be paired with sneakers and a statement shirt.

3| Linen

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Linen is edified for its breathable quality. Made perfect in a relaxed fit, it has become a summer go-to. Whether you are walking on a beach or the park, linen provides an ease and comfort that is as cool as its fabric. When styled, you can’t go wrong with a classic white shirt paired with blue linen pants.

4| Pin-stripe

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In casual cotton, pin-stripe trousers have become part of men's everywear. Pin-stripe trousers hint of a formal past, but can fit day-to-evening looks with no issues. Play with proportion or take risks with print on print; style this according to its new laidback reputation.


5| Pleated trousers

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Pleated trousers have always been associated with strict formality. But its pleats are liberated from rigidity, having now become the image of nonchalance and comfort. This style of trousers can be paired with an easy-fitting minimalist top.

6| Wide-leg trousers

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Skinny and slim was valued for accentuating the casual men of the early aughts. The concept of wide-leg trousers, however, has gained traction with a return to classic looks. Voluminous and relaxed, it bears the mark of true casualness. Create a blasé style by pairing the wide-leg pant with a roomy top.

7| Side stripe

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The influence of sportswear is everywhere, and this has carried over to side-stripe tailored trousers. These possess well-fitting proportions, but exhibit an active streak via its side seams. They're the perfect balance between refinement and athleticism.

8| Silk pants

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Modern silk pants literally feels like sleepwear on the streets. But when worn, the word sleepwalker will be the last thing on everyone’s mind. Instead, its understated quality will bring a nonchalant attitude to your style.

9| Tailored cargo pants

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Cargo pants had its heyday in the '90s, but they're back. Modern cargo pants are now more polished with tailoring. Still evoking the same sensibilities, its no-nonsense functionality has become just as important as its fit, proportion, and overall style.

10| Utilitarian

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In solidarity with the working class, utilitarian pants have become representative of different uniforms. Technical details from its farming or militaristic roots have been transformed into accessible yet trendy styles. Create a contrasting look by pairing this with clean simple lines.

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