You know that coloured jeans are in right now—after all, your girlfriend looks great in her green, orange, and meringue coloured skinny jeans—but you still aren’t 100% sure if it’s a look you can pull off. The latest fashion trend offers many great alternatives to traditional blue jeans and both men and women everywhere are embracing the look. Celebrities from Zac Efron to Kanye West have been spotted rocking coloured jeans. So how can you ensure that you maintain your suave appearance and avoid looking like a circus clown as you delve into the unchartered realm of coloured pants? Simple, follow our 4-step guide to finding the perfect pair of coloured denim to add to your wardrobe.
Step #1: Choose Your Hue
You might think those bright yellow pants looks great on the shelf, but think twice before going for such a wild summer colour this fall. Your coloured denim is sure to get you noticed, but by choosing from the traditional autumn palette you’ll guarantee that the attention you receive is positive. Keep your eye out for deep crimson oranges, dark purples, and burgundy reds. Stick to classic fall colours and you’ll be able to pair your jeans with more outfits, and you’ll stand out in a crowd without looking out of place.
Step #2: Stick to Neutral Tones
Even a mild fall colour can become obnoxious if it’s in the wrong shade. Pick a funky colour, but stick to neutral tones to keep your look stylish and composed. A soft, neutral tone can make the difference between being mistaken for a street performer and catching the eye of that cute coworker. Red is a great fall colour to incorporate into your wardrobe, but a smooth, velvety burgundy is going to flatter you much more than a neon stoplight red.
Step #3: Pay Attention to Fit
Okay, this is an important step when purchasing any type of pants, whether they’re coloured or plain, khaki or denim. However, coloured denims will draw much more attention to you than plain-old blue jeans, so you need to pay extra attention to how the fit accentuates your lower half. Straight-leg or boot cut styles are generally the most flattering, since they create the appearance of a straight line and elongate your body.
Step #4: Coordinate Your Outfit
Just because you’re stepping out of the box by wearing colourful jeans doesn’t mean you can forget the most basic of fashion rules. Repeat after me: I cannot and will not wear a loud top with my coloured pants. Coloured tops are fine and coloured jeans are fine, but pick one or the other, or risk looking like a jester. You also need to consider which footwear you are coordinating with your coloured denims. Select appropriate footwear that doesn’t clash with or challenge your jeans. Avoid bright sneakers and go for something simple and sleek. Front-laced boots or simple boat shoes are great options, especially if you stick to beige, black or brown colours.