Levi Strauss probably didn’t have the rainbow in mind when he became the first person to mass produce blue denim pants for sale. But today’s jeans are testing the limits of tradition: From red to green, yellow to purple and even plaid, colored denim has blown up as a modern trend, and there are no signs of these vibrant colors going away anytime soon.
Colored denim can be intimidating for some fashionistas who prefer subtler, more elegant clothing. But colored denim doesn’t have to be restricted to the boldest personalities. With some smart wardrobe decisions, anyone—regardless of age, style or body type—can wear colored denim and pull it off. Whether you’re shopping for girls’ jeans or women’s denim, this is a super-wearable trend everyone can embrace. Here are some tips to help you incorporate colored denim into your own closet.
Generally speaking, darker colors of denim will be more flattering than others, so burgundy, dark green and even dark gray are all worthwhile options. That doesn’t mean you can’t get crazy if you feel the colors suit your personality and body type. Reds, oranges and other bright hues will help you stand out if that’s your goal. Dark colors are probably better for the office, but the sky’s the limit in your free time.
If you think matching tops with colored jeans is a difficult task, adjust your thinking: It can be done! It’s common to wear all varieties of colors with blue jeans; other colors aren’t much different. Pull out your color wheel from middle school science class; colors on opposite ends from one another, like yellow and purple, are complementary hues and will look pleasing to the eye when paired together. The most important thing to watch out for is colors that are too similar—make sure your outfit strikes a balanced contrast.
Naturally, there are some no-nos when it comes with color combinations. Yellow denim can look great with some colors, such as navy or dark purple, but when paired with pink and other pastel shades it can give off a very Easter-egg feel. Save your boldest combinations for when you’re headed out for a night on the town and understand that what works well among the nightlife might not look as good in the line at the post office.
Keep in mind the value of layering for further color contrasts. Leather jackets look great with colored denim, and you can wear a bright tee or a chambray shirt underneath.
Washing your denim
The color is what your denim is all about, so preserving the vibrancy of the fabric is very important. Always wash jeans in cold water, turning them inside out to protect the outside of the denim. Line dry instead of using a dryer—heat will rush the natural fading process.
Not everyone is eager to step out of the box and adopt bold new additions into their wardrobe, but self-expression and identity are two of the greatest contributions fashion has to offer. If you like a style or piece of clothing, don’t worry about how others will view you. Staying true to your own sensibilities will allow you to showcase who you really are through your fashion. And over time, people will come to recognize your signature style and know that it’s a reflection of what’s inside.