5 Denim Trends You Need For Fall

After what has felt like an eternity of rehashing the same denim trends over and over...and over, we seem to finally be enjoying a revival of creative jean-ious (sorry, couldn't help it).
Seriously, though, new washes, treatments, and cuts are making this year the most exciting one since the '80s (except this time around, everything is a whole lot prettier). No longer do you only have a choice between distressed and dark denim in the shops — now, the decisions look more like "floral or paint-splattered?" or "high-waisted bottle-green or tapered metallic pink?"
And since fall '12 will be no different, and we've compiled the five styles we see flying off the shelves first. Here's to being as daring with your jeans as you are with the rest of your wardrobe — now, let's get to shopping, please!
Photo: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus
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Coated Denim — With a wet, waxy finish, coated denim is a slick way to get the "leather" look without sacrificing any vegan values — or your wallet. And — don't let the texture fool you...they're surprisingly stretchy!

DL1961 Emma Waxed Skinny, $168, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Coated Denim

BDG Coated Mid-Rise Jean, $78, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Coated Denim

Burberry Coated Jeans, $275, available at Burberry.
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Coated Denim

Juicy Couture Coated Skinny Jean, $178, available at Juicy Couture.
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Coated Denim

Habitual Alice Coated Jeans, $242, available at Shopbop.
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Fall Florals — In darker colors, bigger prints, and more wallpaper-like patterns, fall's dark florals feel a lot more grown-up than their pastel-hued spring cousins.

Current/Elliot Jeans, $198, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Fall Florals

A&F Super Skinny Ankle Jeans, $39, available at Abercrombie + Fitch.
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Fall Florals

Wet Seal Black Floral Skinny Jean, $19.50, available at Wet Seal.
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Fall Florals

Guess Brittany Skinny Jeans, $138, available at Guess.
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Tapered and Baggy — This fit is the modern update to the boyfriend jean. Cropped and roomy (but not frumpy), these pants are meant to be worn with this season's girly pumps.

1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $79.95, available at Gap.
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Tapered and Baggy

Citizens of Humanity Daisy Fit Jeans, $119, available at Nordstrom.
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Tapered and Baggy

Topshop Moto Tapered Jeans, $110, available at Topshop.
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Tapered and Baggy

Acne Glitter Low-Rise Tapered Jeans, $310, available at Matches.
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Tapered and Baggy

G Star Kate Tapered Jeans, $126.87, available at ASOS.
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Polka Dot Jeans — Coming in a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns, the polka-dot jean will save your wardrobe just as many times as summer's polka-dot dresses did.

Nasty Gal Spotted Skinny Jeans, $75, available at Nasty Gal.
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Polka Dot Jeans

Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans, $189, available at Piperlime.
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Polka Dot Jeans

Zara Polka Dot Jean, $79.90, available at Zara.
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Polka Dot Jeans

[blanknyc] Printed Jean, $110, available at Madewell.
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Polka Dot Jeans

Else Jeans, $78, available at Macy's.
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Side Panel Jeans

Blank NYC Skinny, $88, available at Pink Mascara.
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Side Panel Jeans — With a tuxedo-pant-like stripe down the side, side-panel jeans elongate the leg and instantly jazz up an outfit.

BDG Twig Red Stripe Jean, $58, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Side Panel Jeans

Abercrombie + Fitch Stripe Jeans, , available at Abercrombie + Fitch
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Side Panel Jeans

IRO Rialto Embroidered Skinny, $99.95, available at Free People.
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Hudson Jeans Skinny Crop, $198, available at Bloomingdale's.