Sunday, September 4, 2011

Trends – Colored Jeans


Denim Hue

Colored jeans are one of the biggest trends for fall, but picking out the right pair to complement your look takes some work.  The style most associated with the trend is the skinny, but there are other options if these aren’t for you.  Keep trying until you find your fit.

LeAnn-Rimes-Lanvin-metallic-basket-sneakers1 jbrandThere is a rainbow of colored denim on the market, so which to choose?Remember that this is a fad piece of clothing and not likely one that you will wear for more than a season or two.  It’s fun and now and that's exactly how you should treat it.  Instead of splurging on several pairs, I’d recommend investing in ONE really good pair that you can wear to death while they are hot.  Pick the best color for you and be sure to wear them in a variety of ways – dressing up and down.  

Not surprising, red denim is seemingly the hottest hue – especially amongst the Hollywood set like Ashley Greene and Leann Rimes, shown here sporting sexy and casual looks.  Below are two styles I found at Shopbop that I really like.    

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Former Rachel Zoe Project star, stylist Brad Goreski, partnered with J Brand to share styling tips for colored denim – I love the way he styled this red pair. 


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If red denim seems a little risqué for you, try easing into this trend with blue or green.  These shades are the closest to standard denim and may give you the confidence you need to pull off this look.   

Personally, I think the blue denim looks best paired with a sleek black jacket and heels, but I’ve also seen them paired with casual white tees and summer sandals for a chic day look.



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I adore the softness of pink denim.  Whether a pale shade as seen on Rachel Bilson above, or a darker color as shown at Anthropologie to the left, there is something very romantic and sweet about them. 

I think both of these looks have an unexpected style that really works.  It reminds me to think out of the box when I’m putting things together.  If you have the style to rock colored denim, show us what you’ve got and get creative with how you wear it. 


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B20471538_030_eFor some reason, I have always been drawn to the color green.  So, I wasn’t surprised that I stopped and stared when I came across these sassy green jeans recently at Anthropologie.  The perfect shade to be paired with a chic blouse…or perhaps a white top to cheer for the Michigan State Spartans (sorry….had to). 

I was thrilled to get a few Anthro gift cards for my birthday this weekend and I just might make the splurge on these. 


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eliz and james shop bopI love the color yellow and so wish it loved me back.   While it isn’t meant for this pearly white skin, it sure sparkles on Jada Pinkett Smith.  She looks sporty cool while catching a Lakers game.

I think the Elizabeth and James cargo style skinny’s are a great alternative to the brighter yellow shade above.  These have a golden tone that offer a richness that may help extend their trend life. 

If yellow is your color, you might lean in this direction if experimenting with color.





Oh Fergie, the trendsetter.  Who else could get away with wearing two of the most daring trends in years - high-waisted and colored denim!  I wouldn’t recommend trying this one at home, but I will say that the patent belt helped break up this look to make it doable.  


So, are you sold on colored denim yet?  If you’re thinking of giving it a try,   J Brand offers a wide selection of colors and is the style you’ve seen most often on celebs.  Rag & Bone also has a great silhouette and a variety of colors.  I’ve found that the easiest place to shop for colored denim is through Shopbop, where you can search by “Colored Denim,” brand, price, etc.  You can also “heart” your favorites so you can come back later after getting through them all. (Remember to click on any of the photos in this post to link directly to the site to find them)  

Following are a few final tips on wearing colored denim:  

  • Adults that typically air on the conservative side may want to avoid bright denim and opt for colors that are deeper and darker.  These shades are more likely to go with other things in your closet and may be more flattering on you. 
  • Colored denim in the skinny style is a dramatic look.  If you’re not sure you’re that daring, you may want to try a less extreme look with a boot or flared leg.  This style balances out a woman's hips and behind because it doesn't come down into a tapered look. 
  • Neutral colors complement colored jeans – Head to toe is too strong.

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