If you thought denim may be on the slightly boring side of the fashion spectrum, think again. With the revival of double (and even triple) denim doing the rounds this season and the micro-jeans trend we're about to tell you about, denim is experiencing a fun phase. So let's pause on classic straight-leg jean outfits and learning how to wear flares for a moment because we’re here to tell you about those printed jeans you’ve spotted all over your Instagram feed recently. You know the ones. If it isn’t zebra print, it’s checkerboard, stripes, spots or even colourful pictures (this will make more sense as you keep scrolling.)
Printed trousers have always been a summer favourite, but printed jeans feel fresh, new and exciting to try out. But we understand that like with any printed piece, sometimes one can feel a little bit stumped on how you wear it. Just like you would their smarter trouser counterparts, you can wear your denim iterations with almost any form of top—it doesn't have to be a plain white tee only. And when it comes to sandals, this will depend on the denim cut you opt for. So, for some inspiration on how to take your denim wardrobe up a notch, keep going to see ways you can style printed jeans this season and beyond.
1. Printed jeans + Colour-Matched Knit Top
Style Notes: Queen of printed pants, Lucy Williams, snapped up her stunning shell-print jeans at a vintage store. And while you can't get this exact style, take tips from Lucy and sift through secondhand sites to find one-off styles. Look to pick out a colour in your printed jeans via a matching top. Simple.
2. Printed Jeans + Matching Top
Style Notes: Like wearing your camera roll, Fia's polaroid-print jeans are delivering all the wanderlust feels. Go full-on statement with the matching top and let your fresh summer set do all the talking.
3. Printed Jeans + Clashing Print Top
Style Notes: Proving sustainable fashion is far from boring, Alanna styles these organic cotton checked jeans with a clashing print crop. Add bold, tangerine accessories and you have yourself a dreamy summer ensemble.
4. Printed Jeans + Cropped Jacket
Style Notes: Yes, it's those Ganni jeans. The pink striped pair has been so popular this season, and it's partly due to striped trousers being a microtrend. Grece wears hers with a cropped jacket and proves why pink and green should always be seen. These are pretty much sold out everywhere, but we've tracked down a similar pair.
5. Animal Print + Black Top
Style Notes: Zebra is the animal print du jour and, frankly, we can't get enough of it. We've seen so many zebra jeans and Nnenna shows how to keep them classy by pairing them with a simple black top and gold jewellery. Wine optional, but welcome.
6. Monochrome Top + Monochrome Jeans
Style Notes: Grid and checkerboard prints have been key for a few seasons now, and they're sticking around for summer. Yaminah paired hers with a striped top in the same monochrome palette and it really worked.