Colored denim is ALL over the place right now – believe me, I tried on my fair share of pairs in the quest to find one I liked (and I finally found a pair – more on that later). Colored denim comes in a variety of, ahem, colors, and at all price points. For example, Forever 21 is carrying colored denim for about $15 and on the other end of the spectrum, even high end denim designers like Joe’s Jeans are getting in on the fun. Whatever your budget, if you pick of a pair of these babies, you’ve got to know how to style them so that you look grown-up-yet-fun rather than like a 15 year old girl on her way to study hall. Here are my tips for seamlessly incorporating colored denim into your life:
This is huge! If you’re a classic dresser and you don’t stray much from neutrals, don’t go and buy yourself a pair of bubblegum pink jeans. You’re not going to know how to wear them and you won’t feel quite right in them, then they’ll probably end up hanging in your closet with the tags on. If you’re a more adventurous or eclectic dresser, take a look at your closet and think about what colors would pair well with a big section of your tops, and what colors you are normally drawn to. For me, Kelly Green ended up being the winner!
I had to try on about 15 pairs of colored jeans before I found a winner. I tried Forever 21 (not the right material, too tight in my thighs and baggy in my crotch), H&M (also not the material I was looking for, but a good fit), GAP (not quite the color selection I was looking for), and finally landed on the winner, Urban Outfitters. They fit me just right, were the *perfect* length at 30″, and they were a sturdy, more denim-like feel (and they came in so many colors!). Ladies – nothing is worse than an ill-fitting pair of jeans. When you put on your pants, your sides should not protrude (even the tiniest bit) over the top of the jeans; also, you don’t want your jeans to be so tight that they show off any problem areas of your butt or thighs. Make sure the pockets cover a good portion of your behind (too high and you’ve got the “mom jean”/wedgie look). Lastly, make sure there isn’t any stretching or pulling across the front.
Once you’ve found a color and fit that you’re comfortable with, bring those babies home and start brainstorming in your closet. The key to styling your colored jeans is to pair with complementary colors. As long as the colors are complementary, you can have a little fun with patterns without looking over the top. For example, with a pair of purple jeans, I might consider wearing them with a yellow striped top because purple and yellow are naturally harmonious colors. If I purchased a pair of royal blue jeans, I might have my eye on some orange tones as a natural pairing (see the color wheel for more ideas!). If you’re totally stumped – do what any gal would do – head to Pinterest for some inspiration!
My last tip is to add some neutral accessories, but don’t go too over the top. When you’re packing a punch into your shoes and shirt, you don’t need to do much in the way of accessories. A neutral shoe (read: beige, black, brown, grey) and some simple gold or silver jewelry will go a long way. Cameron below did a good job (although it is bordering on almost TOO neutral for me) by allowing her salmon jeans to take center stage and adding neutral shoes, top, and a blazer.
image via (People)
Hope this helps those of you who were lusting after some colored jeans but just weren’t quite ready to take the plunge! Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section!