Colorful jeans could be the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. Photo/ MCT Campus

Multi-colored jeans are certainly not a new thing. I remember in high school seeing people wearing brightly-colored pants, such as in apple red, royal purple and bright blue.

But I never really liked that trend. I had always preferred neutral pants and jeans and had always stuck with the basics: blue (light wash and dark wash), black, khaki and tan.

And I was completely happy with my choice until recently.

I saw a picture that one of my favorite bloggers had posted on her website showing herself wearing an outfit that completely revolved around her subdued cherry-colored jeans. She created a preppy look, pairing her jeans with a tan-colored pair of oxford flats, a button-up jean shirt that she tucked in to her jeans and then a casual khaki jacket she threw on top.

The outfit alone made me rethink my previous consensus about brightly-colored jeans. I became even more attracted to the idea when I walked into an Express store over spring break and explored their jean section, only to find that all the mannequins were sporting these beautifully bright jeans.

I realized that the trend doesn’t have to be tacky like I previously thought it was.

I immediately started looking for an affordable pair of cherry-colored jeans, just like in the picture I saw, and was not able to find that exact color, but what I did find was a subtle coral-colored pair for only $16.99 at a local Ross.

After trying them on with various combinations of shirts and shoes, I have now written my own mini rulebook on how I prefer these spring-inspired jeans.

Rule #1: The color should be somewhat subdued.

While I love to sport bright colors, especially this time of year, I am still not the biggest fan of the colored jeans that are vividly bold and bright. My favorites are the ones that are a little more subtle with the brightness, and that almost look worn and relaxed. Toned-down brights are perfect for spring.

Rule #2: Play them down with some neutrals. 

Instead of pairing these pants with an equally bright shirt or bright jewelry, play them down with clothing and accessories that are neutral. This will balance the look and tone down the severity of the bright pants. It is the same thing as pairing a bright, multi-colored top with a neutral pant. It looks clean, casual and less harsh.

Rule #3: Have fun with the shoes.

My first instinct was to write “play it safe with the shoes,” because I figured with bright jeans a neutral shoe would look best. But I have seen some instances where mixing brights turns into a great thing, so have fun with the shoes you choose for this look. Anywhere from a plain pair of sandals or flats to a fun pair of bold summer wedges could really play up the jeans you wear. Just be sure to choose complementary colors.

Haley Twist is the former Niner Times Editor-in-Chief. A Religious Studies student who worked with the Niner Times for two years, she has previously served as the Lifestyle Editor and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the paper. She is a 2012 recipient of the Randall Beavers Memorial Award and a 2013 recipient of the Shameka Smith-Hamilton Award.


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