The New Jean: Not Just Denim Anymore\\ © Kurt Paris\Vetta\Getty Images(©  Kurt Paris\Vetta\Getty Images)

Denim jeans have come a long way from their rugged roots. Once the garb of cowboys and gold miners, now suburbanites and socialites consider them the height of fashion. Indigo hues aren't going anywhere, but the freshest take on jeans sees bold colors taking center stage. Rocker-chic detailing and super-glam surfaces mean jeans work as well after dark as in the daytime, while skinny and slouchy silhouettes vie for the year's fave shape.

Colors and Prints: Visible Change

The quickest and easiest way to refresh your jeans wardrobe is with a hit of extroverted color. Swathe stems in the latest tints: dusty rose, moss green, terracotta or deep maroon. Gotta go blue? Make it a vivid azure. Or take on the neutral trend in rust- or clay-colored denim. For maximum impact (date night, dancing, weekend dazzle), skip the understated hues and dare to shine. Metallics are a huge trend, and skinny jeans gleam with gold, silver and bronze. The hippest pairs to pull over your hips display prints charming. Antique floral patterns beguile, brocade and paisley skew retro, animal and reptile designs look classic, and digital and optical prints rush in from couture runways.