Dark denim has a time and a place, but not when spring is just around the corner and all you’re daydreaming about is flinging off your winter boots, sliding on some flip-flops, and going outside without a coat on. Fine, so we’re still a few months away from this summer fantasy, but a girl can dream. In the meantime, satisfy your spring wardrobe craving by indulging in a pair of bright, printed jeans.
I personally have a love-hate relationship with The Gap (could be influenced by the fact that I worked at one Gap location or another throughout my university days). I think the strongest collections always come out in fall and spring, and one thing that The Gap has always gotten right is quality denim. Their 1969 jeans are made of 97 percent cotton with 3 percent spandex for just the right amount of stretch. They’re also classic in styling: your basic five-pocket, zip-fly, button-closure details.
For spring 2013, The Gap has rolled out eye-catching pairs in their “legging skimmer” fit. This fit is mid-rise; skinny through the hip, thigh, and ankle; and cropped just above the ankle bone. This is a great wear-right-now length with ankle booties and will help to show off all your fancy summer footwear in later months.
Both of the prints above are polka dots. The one on the left is more of a faded white polka-dot on bright coral denim. The pair on the right is more of a “splatter” paintbrush effect of darker blue dots over light blue denim.
When you’re rocking printed jeans, I like to keep the rest of the outfit relatively simple: tuck in a basic white or heather grey T-shirt, top with a leather jacket, and pair with neutral dessert booties for a casual look. When summer hits, don’t be afraid to go wild with your prints and colours. The more you mix and match, the better.
All pairs of 1969 printed legging skimmer jeans retail for $79.95 at The Gap.
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