The Pants Trend That Once Made Us Cringe Is Now Our Favorite

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It seems like ages ago that the fashion set was last hooked on colored denim. For so long, our attention has been drawn to true denim blues, vintage fades and raw washes. Given these classic styles go with just about everything in our wardrobes, it’s understandable that we’ve been reluctant to let them go. But once you start to realize you’ve reached for that good ol’ pair of jeans for the fourth (or fifth) time in a week, things inevitably start to feel a bit stale.

Thus, we’ve found ourselves reconsidering our colored denim options. We’ll admit, we were skeptical at first, haunted by the proliferation of the style back in its hay day. But once a few of our favorite, go-to denim brands started offering fresh takes on the saturated styles, we began to pay attention. Instead of the lengthy skinnies of the past, we’re seeing cropped tapered looks and culotte style options that feel a bit more modern and flattering. But even bright denim shorts and skirts can look polished when paired with classic tops and the right accessories. Ultimately, though, this look is meant to be fun, so don’t be afraid to pair your colored denim with anything just as bold.

Ruby Red

Dare to wear your bright jeans with an equally punchy top, and temper the look with neutral accessories.

Lily in Avana & Brown

$350

Saint Laurent

Brown Oversize Geometric Earrings

$16

Pixie Market

Vince Theron Mules

$295

Shopbop

Brandon Maxwell Ribbed Sleeveless Turtleneck Top

$754

Moda Operandi

Moto Red Cropped Wide Leg Jeans

$75

Topshop

Lavender Lady

Alternatively, ditsy prints or dainty florals can tone down an edgy denim color. Then, vintage-inspired add-ons will bring the outfit together.

Cult Gaia Luna Bamboo Shoulder Bag

$230

Net-A-Porter

Miista Pip Woven Flats

$265

Shopbop

Zara Colorful Mini Skirt

$36

Zara

Rebecca Taylor La Vie Harriet Sprig Embroidered Top

$250

Rebecca Taylor

Zara Colorful Oversize Denim Jacket

$70

Zara

Bright Blue

When in doubt, turn to classic pieces to complement your bold bottoms. Look for styles with special details to keep things interesting.

Xavi Sandal

$310

LOQ

Danse Lente Mia Bag

$425

Need Supply Co.

Le Cutoff Shorts

$175

FRAME

Astrid

$148

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