Your Stylist: Denim goes bold, bright, floral
For fall, we saw denim festooned with wild prints such as leopard, cheetah and snake-skin patterns. Now, the trend is exploding for spring, with colors and patterns that are bigger, bolder and brighter.
Denim companies don’t seem to be wasting their time with subtleties. Just look at the tropical print jeans called "Another day in paradise" ($250 at Curve) that L.A.-based Mother Denim is doing. They're like the feminine, sleek and modern equivalent of a Hawaiian print shirt, and certainly not for the understated dresser. These jeans would look best with a simple, solid, worn T-shirt in gray or black, flip-flops and very natural hair and makeup, rather than trying to dress them up in way that was more possible with last season’s printed pants.
Goldsign has a pair of pastel-colored tropical floral print jeans ($224 at Ron Herman, Melrose) that feel very "Dirty Dancing," especially if paired with a cropped eyelet top and a pair of classic Keds.
Current Elliott, the brand responsible for many of the animal-print pants we saw for fall, is moving into polka dots ($218 at shopbop.com), dusty florals ($198 at Ron Herman) and '80s-inspired neon leopard ($248 at Bloomingdales) for the warmer months.
The styles are certainly splashy and perfect for breezy tank tops, or even paired with a bikini top at the beach.
For anyone who likes the trend in theory but can't picture themselves in anything too eye popping, Current Elliott and J Brand ($229 at www.jbrandjeans.com) have some plaid skinny silhouettes done in darker-toned plaids and checks that still deliver printed denim, but in a much more subdued and easier-to-wear way.
Regardless, when it comes to spring denim, we're bound to see boring blue replaced with plenty of prints -- bold, bright and in your face.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Upper photos: Mother Denim's "Another day in paradise" and cherry print jeans. Credit: Mother Denim
Middle left photo: Current Elliott Red Rose jeans. Credit: Current Elliott
Middle right photo: Goldsign's pastel, tropical flower print pants. Credit: Goldsign
Lower left photo: Current Elliott green polka-dot jeans. Credit: Current Elliott
Lower right photo: J Brand houndstooth jeans. Credit: J Brand