Bye bye blue jeans
For as long as I can remember caring about fashion (and that's a long time), I've turned to blue jeans as the foundation of just about any great outfit. Fancy or casual, the right jeans could take me anywhere a dress couldn't. I've owned dark wash, faded, acid wash, boyfriend, skinny, high-waist, low-waist, bell bottoms, boot cut, and cigarette leg. It helped that denim blue is my favourite colour. There was a time I probably had 20 pair in my closet. Now? All but a couple are in storage.
That’s because the universe of jeans has exploded into a rainbow of colours and patterns. It actually happened a couple of years ago, but like the low waist, this trend is here to stay for a while. And it’s taken over my closet.
Coloured jeans are fun; a blast of colour at any time of year will always put a spring in your step. They’re also easy, because all you have to do is pair them with a neutral-coloured T, short fitted blazer, maybe a scarf and a pair of flats or wedges at this time of year. All or a combination of that, and you’re good to go. In the colder months a chunky sweater in a neutral tone (taupe, charcoal, black or tan) and a pair of motorcycle boots is perfect.
The coloured jean is also an inexpensive trend in which to partake. Every single clothier is making its own version. In the spring I got a pair of lavender jeans from the JCrew sale rack for $24.99. I’ve already worn them to death.
No matter what your body type, a slim cut will look best. With bright colours and patterns, you don’t want too much fabric. What you pair with them will depend on your specific shape. This trend also allows for more individuality, since we’ll all find our own ways to finish an outfit that starts with lime green jeans.
And it’s not just jeans that are seeing new hues, but dress pants too. I recently wore a pair of bright red slacks with gold pumps and a tux jacket to a dress-up affair. I felt strong, unique and confident in a sea of little black dresses.
The other trend in jeans that’s made a comeback is the distressed boyfriend jean. They’re fine and all, but rolled up with heels and a little jacket has us all looking the same. I hate that. My boyfriend jeans are on gardening duty.
But the thing about fashion is, at some point, what’s old is always new again. Don’t throw out your tried and true blues. Their time will return. But for now, enjoy all the colour while it lasts!
Oh, and don’t worry boys, this trend isn’t just for the ladies. Same rules apply.