Blue jeans are famous as workwear, as a staple of America’s Old West; they were a symbol of youth culture and rebellion in the 1950s and 60s and they’ve been sung about by the likes of Neil Diamond through to Lana Del Rey. But as much as we still love to get our blue jeans on, keeping denim alive means mixing it up. And in so far as fall 2012’s fashion trends go, that means colour.

But what colour jeans to invest in for the coming cold months? Read on to find out.

Earth tones

Contrasting to the neons and pastels of spring, coloured denim for fall / winter moves to autumnal hues. Look out for organic, earthy tones that take their cues from nature: moss green, sandy neutrals, clays and rust tones all reflect wider fall 2012 color trends in an on-trend way.

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Earthy colored jeans at Nobody and Paige Denim, F/W ’12

Burgundy jeans

If you were to single out one of the season’s must-have colours, you’d end up pointing a finger towards the red-purple part of the colour spectrum. Burgundy plays well with so many colours in your existing wardrobe: navy blue, chocolate brown, forest green and cobalt amoung them. Any wine-like colour will work, be it a deep maroon or a more purplish grape.

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Burgundy jeans at Henry Belle, Mavi, and Nobody denim, F/W ’12

Bright red jeans

Burgundy may be the understated winner amongst the red colour spectrum, but if you want to truly make a statement it’s brighter cousins are your friend. Following the trend towards red clothing that swept fall’s runways, jeans have also appeared in tones of cardinal red through to rich terracotta.

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Red jeans at Bettina Liano, Mavi and Henry Belle Denim, F/W ’12

Dark denim jeans

Clean, minimal denim styles in dark indigo dye have also made a return. While many think of dark denim as being the ‘smart’ or more formal option, fall 2012 took that notion and twisted it a little by producing relaxed, slouchy styles of jeans in dark hues; the sharpness of the fabric being contrasted by the softness of the fit.

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Dark denim at Organic by John Patrick and Marni Denim, F/W ’12

Brocade / floral jeans

Jeans don’t have to be block coloured in 2012. Another key trend for the season is mixing up your denim with patterns and prints – none more popular than brocade-style prints (a casual take on neo-Baroque clothing) and florals.

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Patterned jeans at Paige Denim, 7 For All Mankind and Goldsign, F/W ’12

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