Styling Patterned Denim
Do you ever want to spice up your wardrobe? I know I go through phases of wanting everything to be neutral and classic OR wild and patterned. But I’ve got news for you (and myself) because you can have it both ways. You can easily mix and match your neutrals and closet staples with your bold patterns! And this summer and fall, I am really loving all of the patterned denim I am seeing lately. From leopard print to snake print, pretty much every animal print known to woman kind is available on jeans. The best part is, you can easily transition a pair of patterned jeans from summer to fall, and even into winter. So even though it may make a big statement, it will become a staple in your wardrobe.
Styling Patterned Denim
But how do you style patterned denim?! I promise I will convince you that you need patterned denim in your life and your wardrobe. You can easily style this trend, and I promise it’s not as intimidating as it seems. And, you can absolutely wear this trend often. For example, we are headed to a brewery tonight for a charity event, and I plan to wear this outfit! Well, minus the blazer because it’s hot, but I’ll be wearing this outfit well into fall.
You can also switch up your shoes and accessories to fit just about any venue. If you’re headed to eat for a chic girlfriend’s brunch, add a pair of block heeled ankle booties. And once fall comes around (could it please hurry up?!), you can add a moto jacket and boots for an edgier look. A structured shoulder bag will make your look feel a bit more classic. Or, a mini backpack will make your outfit a bit sportier paired with sneakers and a ball cap.
Tips for Styling Patterned Denim
Styling patterned denim can be intimidating because it is definitely a bold choice. You will have to be prepared for people to notice you – in the best way, obviously. However, I promise that it isn’t as hard as you may think. I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that make styling this trend pretty easy and effortless.
Pick the Right Pattern
Not all patterns are made equal. When picking a pattern for your denim, you want to make sure it fits your style and your body. Personally, I prefer a smaller pattern. Bigger patterns can be overwhelming if not done correctly, so be selective. You also want to think about the color of the pattern: is it darker or lighter? If it’s lighter, you can easily pair it with darker tops, and vice-versa.
Keep it Casual
Because patterned denim is a statement, it usually is best worn in a casual setting. Trying to dress up a crazy pattern could feel a bit over the top. And nothing is worse than looking like you tried too hard! You want your outfit to look and feel effortless. And that means keeping things simple, stylish, and casual.
Let the Pattern Stand Out
In order to let your patterned jeans stand out, you want to keep the rest of your outfit a bit neutral. That doesn’t mean boring by any means. However, you probably don’t want to be adding lots of other patterns and colors into the mix. Pick a color from the pattern and weave it throughout your outfit. In my outfit here, I picked black. I kept my top simple and added a black bag with small embellishments. My sneakers also have black pops, but add in a little color with the blue stars.
Shop Patterned Denim
I purchased my pair of leopard jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (still going on, btw), so I got them at a discount! However, I know that though they are on sale, the price is still a little steep. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites from all price ranges, including under $100!
So, how are you feeling about the patterned denim trend? Are you in or are you out?!
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photography by deeana kourtney photography