"Wide legs, trousers, super flares, and bell bottoms are definitely the new fashion-forward trend, not only in the premium denim market but everywhere," Jerome Dahan, founder and designer of Citizens of Humanity, tells StyleList.
Denim designers are starting to see a rise in sales in boot cuts, flare, and trouser-leg styles, which could indicate there will be a clear shift in denim trends.
Francis Pierrel, vice president of retail and wholesale at Diesel, tells StyleList that while the skinny jean will not be going away completely, new options such as the skinny boot cut are gaining momentum.
"Women are starting to look for other fit options. The skinny boot cut, a fit with the same look as a skinny jean but with a trumpeted leg opening, is going to be an important transition piece," Pierrel says.
"This summer, the buzz was all about the skinny cargo. As long as everyone is infusing military into their wardrobes, the skinny cargo will continue to be a popular fit."
Anlo designer Jenna Lonstein said she too has seen a shift toward wider leg openings.
"People needed a break from their skinnies... nothing is more flattering on a woman than a great-fitting denim trouser or flare-leg jean. It really balances out your proportions and makes you look taller and leaner," she tells StyleList.
A spokeswoman at 7 For All Mankind says the movement away from skinny jeans seems to be a natural progression.
"Women are always looking for a new approach to wearing denim," she says. "Skinny jeans have been around for a few seasons now, and while they are still go-to basics that look good for both day and night, women are experimenting with wearing trousers for a more chic and put-together aesthetic."
James Jeans co-designer James Chang says he has seen a true shift happening in the denim market. To feed that, he's designed a whole new kind of boot cut.
"We will see a shift back to boot but a newly revamped version," he tells StyleList. "Our Reboot is just that, with the exclusive flare from mid-calf fit. Ultimately, we will see the evolution and birth of a brand-new silhouette."
In addition, James Jeans will also introduce their Fly Boy jean, which is a straight leg from the thigh down to the hem.
"The end result is a gorgeous lengthening appearance since you don't have that natural visual knee break you see when wearing a skinny," Chang says. "And it looks fantastic with heels, since the hem drapes freely over the shoe for a perfect leg line."
J Brand founder and chief executive officer Jeff Rudes tells StyleList that while skinnies should still have a prominent presence in your closet, it is time for something new.
"Denim is cyclical. Wider legs have not been her jean of choice for a few years," he says. "Her closet is ready for them and she looks great in the silhouette."
A spokesman at GoldSign agrees with Rudes and isn't surprised to see a trend toward a wider leg opening.
"Fashion is constantly changing," he says, "and it's about finding ways to keep it fresh and interesting while also being relevant and wearable."