We love colored denim for many reasons. First, because it’s fun. (Tell me, how old were you the last time it was OK to wear electric yellow pants?) Second, because it’s an inexpensive way to make a serious wardrobe statement, especially if you pick one of the more saturated color options. Personally, I love the cobalt blue. But every time I see a new shade like the plums and teals that are rolling out for fall, I have an urge to stock up on all of them until my closet looks like a super-sized Crayola crayon box. The thing is, wearing this trend is trickier than it looks. It’s easy to go from chic to cartoonish if you don’t think carefully. Since we’d never want that to happen, we’ve put together the five rules you need to keep in mind. Have a look and also check out the gallery of celebrities doing it right for added styling inspiration.
1. Let the color of the jeans be the dominant statement. Opt for neutral, black, or white tops. However, fashion pros may want to take the opportunity to work the color-blocking effect by pairing the jeans with a solid unexpected color choice.
2. Pay attention to the cut. Skinny legs work best. Ankle-length with side zippers look great, and the extremely svelte can even opt for high-waist versions. What you don’t want is too much flapping fabric on the lower leg, so stay away from boot-cut or flare options.
3. Balance the kid-like vibe with sophistication. Instead of going for a girly cropped T-shirt with embellishments and patterns, think solid and simple. Look for something with strong shoulders like a blazer or a sleek leather jacket.
4. Keep accessories to a minimum. You’ve got the loud color and the solid top; don’t detract from the look with layers of statement necklaces or an armful of bracelets.
5. Have fun with the shoes. Pumps look adorable with cropped jeans. Biker boots or ankle-length stiletto boots add an edge. You don’t have to stick with black footwear, either. Adding a burst of color that doesn’t clash with the color of the jeans is a surprising and fashion-forward choice.
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