Printed jeans – just the idea seems kind of silly, like some tacky 1980’s trend come back to haunt us. Oh wait, trousers with big floral prints WERE fashionable in the 1980’s. I think I might have blocked that out right along with shoulder pads and really big hair, two other looks that are currently moving back into style.
But the new print jeans seem more elegant than the old ones. First of all jeans fit so much better now that Spandex is woven together with the cotton fibers to create the new, stretchy denim. I remember a time when jeans as tight as the one’s I’m wearing in these photos had to be pulled on with the aid of a pair of pliers. Somewhere, in fact, I have a photo of a teenage me lying down flat on the floor in the hopes of getting a new pair of acid wash Guess jeans to zip. To say they were uncomfortable was putting it mildly, but I didn’t care. I was a teenager and it was The Look.
But I digress.
I don’t remember owning a pair of print jeans back in the 1980’s. Clothes were expensive and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on trendy things. If my parents thought something was ugly they wouldn’t buy it for me, and printed pants fell into that category. That, however, is not the case this time around. The new print jeans are for the most part subtle, elegant and completely wearable. What I really like about them, however, is what they do with an otherwise plain and simple outfit: they make it interesting. In these photos I’m wearing my print jeans the way I wore them all summer long, with a white blouse and nude sandals. It could be boring, but that little hint of a print on my jeans gives the outfit something special.
It’s been very hot in Los Angeles recently, but fall officially starts in a few days, so regardless of the weather these jeans are heading into storage at the top of my closet with all my other pale blue and pastel clothes. I really do love the printed jeans trend, and if the spring fashion shows are any sign of what will be stylish in six months I have no doubt I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of these jeans next year. Pretty, delicate prints marched down many a runway.
Now I need a pair for autumn. I have my eyes on a few different options. Do you too?
- White cotton blouse by the Gap, purchased at The Goodwill.
- Printed denim jeans by Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
- White belt from Target
- Blue clutch from Veronica M
- Roberto de Carlo platform sandals
What do you think of the printed jeans trend? Do you own any? Do you remember them the last time around?