Oh, Joy: The Jean Trend That Always Irked Me Is Popular Again

Let me first say this: Trends never really go "out." If you love something, even if it's not that popular, by all means go for it. That said, there are certain looks I personally have never been that into and always kind of hoped would fizzle away—one of which is light-wash jeans.

While this denim style has crept around for years, it seems to be making an even larger impact this season. I've always preferred darker-wash jeans because I thought they were ideal for a streamlined, polished look, but I'm coming around to the lighter styles. Not only is the look on trend, but it also gives a cool, laid-back, almost retro twist to any ensemble. Who doesn't want that, right?

To showcase the vibe further, I'm showcasing 10 fashion girls wearing light jeans that convinced me to change my mind on the polarizing trend. Keep scrolling for more, and shop a few pairs while you're at it.

Light-wash jeans add a cool edge to a hoodie-and–leather jacket situation.

You can never really go wrong with denim on denim.

While darker-wash or black jeans could've worked here, the light hue gives the look a fresher feel.

A printed top will pop even more against lighter jeans.

Try this denim silhouette in your off-duty life with a graphic tee, a moto jacket, and snakeskin booties.

Light-wash flares are retro and cool with a patterned blouse and boots.

Looser jeans bring a very "downtown" feel to a leopard bootie–and-overcoat ensemble.

Kick it all season long in a down coat, distressed jeans, and white sneakers. 

Fashion girls keep embracing the straight-leg-jeans look—especially with a unique jacket and ankle boots.

This winter ensemble just works with the light-wash jeans, a white turtleneck, hiking boots, and a furry coat.