Denim was first invented in France before being imported to America to be worn by miners and workers in the 1850s. Today, it goes far beyond utility—people wear denim head to toe and find manifold ways to turn the fabric into one of fashion’s most foundational elements.

In 2015, creativity in how people make, wear, and customize their denim soared to new heights. Some trends made a comeback while others were completely new and exciting. Check out The 5 Best Denim Trends of 2015.