Our Top 5 Picture-Perfect Picks for Photo Print Denim
Bold is beautiful! Last summer, we were practically throwing pairs of printed jeans into the arms of our friends and family. Ikat! Polka dot! Feminine florals! Our fellow fashion brethren couldn’t get enough of done-up denim. But alas, like so many things, the wave of embellished blues and subtle denim prints is gone and this season, we’re lusting after denim with a decidedly louder look. Turn up the volume on your summer staples with our top picks of photo print denim. Throw on a breezy top — it’s too hot for anything else, really — and let your gams do the talking. From in-your-face florals to cartoon Karl, there’s a bold, brazen pair of not-so-blue jeans for everyone.
Last summer, soft feminine floral prints started appearing on jeans. They were the perfect addition to the trend of soft minty greens, Ladur©e-pastels and breezy post-Coachella tissue tees. If you’ve worn out your florals and they’re looking a little wilted, try the Rachel Roy Orchid Abstract Crop Skinny Stretch Jean ($91.20). We don’t recommend them for shrinking violets, but the explosion of color — inspired by orchids and jungle blooms instead of the granny roses of 2012 — means they’ll grab attention no matter where you’re headed. Fans of Slim Aaron’s Palm Beach chic will want to snatch these up right away but we also see savvy city girls such as designer Rachel Roy herself sporting these on the city streets.
L.A.-based denim company SOLD Design Lab are known for their fearless take on denim. The brand is no stranger to lace appliqu©s, studs and more, but its new looks bring them out of a blue period and into a psychedelic realm of photo prints and acid-trip hues. The Palm Tree Printed Pant ($188) is a bright and bold way to show off Southern California’s signature sight: oceanfront palms and a sandy beach. The high-waisted silhouette is a great update to your denim wardrobe and as a bonus, it makes sure that you’re not giving everyone a show when you’re breezy tops get hit by an actual breeze. Pair this with a sleeveless riff on your Equipment blouse (you did manage to snag a few of those this season, right?) and you’ll be soaking up the sun in high style.
Available at Madison Los Angeles.
All that’s fit to print is on this bold pair of animated jeans from Karl Lagerfeld and street wear favorite Tokidoki.
Available on Net-a-Porter.
The world of denim is centered around Los Angeles. Considering the year-round sunshine, the celeb factor and the decidedly more casual uniforms of the West Coast, you can see why denim trends incubate on L.A. streets before they take off to the fashion capitals across the globe. One of the most influential brands to come out of the City of Angels is Current/Elliot, whose slouchy fit ushered in a new wave of anti-skinny fits and celebrity dressing. Jennifer Aniston is still a fan and so are countless other celebs. The fashion set, however, is quick to separate itself from the flashbulbs, and in lieu of the hip-baring boyfriend cut, they’ll be opting for the label’s collaboration with designer du jour Mary Katrantzou. The Greek design darling has taken signature Current/Elliot fits and given them the Katrantzou treatment, meaning they’re printed, bright and super cheerful. Fans of her prints will want the louder, bolder options, but we love the passport stamps on this pair of soft white Stilletto ($354) jeans. Perfect for summer, this worldly pair will the perfect companion wherever your travels take you.
Available at Forward by Elyse Walker.
If Rachel Roy’s botanical beauties were a little too bold for your summer wardrobe, opt for the 3.1 Phillip Lim Printed high-rise skinny jeans ($495) instead. They’re definitely summer-ready, but we can see this particular pair getting a good year-round rotation, too. The faint of heart will be more comfortable wearing this basic black jean with panels of tropical accents. The asymmetrical paneling gives these jeans more visual interest than a full-on floral print while the more muted colors — natural as opposed to neon — will let this statement-making jean move from a trendy summer piece to an all around staple.
Available at Net-a-Porter.