Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Smug Mummy Style: Colored Denim

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1989 - or something equally cheesy and retro like that.

(Don't think I say "cheesy" or "retro" like they're bad things, by the way; I'm a mere jellybean jar away from being Ronald Reagan, so much do I love the '80s.)

I've long been an advocate of investing in classic clothes over spending on whatever is trendy. That being said, the Pretty judiciously endorses the occasional trend or twenty, particularly those followed by Princess Shinylocks herself.

And so I've broken my Lenten shopping fast with some 1980s inspired colored denim in vibrant Spring colors. Unlike the baggy, stonewashed versions of my youth, these are more color saturated and form-fitting - so much so that bootcut loving me - and my child-bearing hips - was/were terrified before I actually tried some on.

Fear not, fearless ones - there is a silhouette out there for all of us in the colored denim world, though it took some investigating to find it hidden amongst the omnipresent skinnies. The trick is in looking at where & how the jean hits your leg - if it's clinging to your ankles like Grim Death, odds are it isn't a flattering fit for those of us neither six feet tall nor six pounds wide. A straight leg cut or slightly looser skinny crop above the ankles makes a (pastel colored) world of difference.

I'm happy to report for once I also found good options at a variety of price points.  I usually spend on my denim, figuring I'll regularly wear it well beyond one season, but I pinched pennies here for more moderately priced Gap versions. From J Brand to JC Penney, though, there's a variety of fab choices I've divided into luxe & budget options:

Smug Mummy Style: Luxe Colored Denim

Smug Mummy Style: Luxe Colored Denim by legallyblondemel featuring skinny leg jeans

left to right: pink / orange (aah-mazing fit in person) / lemon  (same as orange) / mint


Smug Mummy Style: Budget Color Denim

Smug Mummy Style: Budget Color Denim by legallyblondemel featuring skinny leg jeans

left to right: cobalt / aqua / lime / yellow / coral / fuschia

Will you be hopping on the rainbow colored trend-wagon with me & the Duchess?

13 comments:

Mrs. Monologues said...

I keep seeing colorful jeans while out, and totally want a pair of red skinny jeans. I think I just need to bite the bullet and do it. They are so fun!

Jessica Wray said...

those monochromatic pink ones are uh-maz-ing! thanks for sharing!


Peony

Hima said...

Love 'em! I saw this girl in neon-orange jeans today like you wouldn't believe, and I thought to myself, "You know, maybe I better just go out and buy colored jeans! I've wanted them for soooo long." Thanks for the post :)

Hima said...

Love 'em! I saw this girl in neon-orange jeans today like you wouldn't believe, and I thought to myself, "You know, maybe I better just go out and buy colored jeans! I've wanted them for soooo long." Thanks for the post :)

What Kate Wore said...

It's so affirming (what word did I just use?!) to see you post this!, because I also want a pair and if you like them that bestows a certain Prettification factor that is tres appealing.

Sending you a smile,
tp (aka WKW)

Emily said...

Absolutely. And I've tried on the JCP ones. They didn't have the color I wanted in store, but they were fabulous for $15 jeans.

Amanda Cobb said...

I have been trying to find some red skinnies forever! The only store I've been to that actually had some was Old Navy, and they were a really odd fit. I hesitate to buy online because jeans are a try-on-first kind of purchase for me. :-\

Amy - OPC said...

I accepted this trend too, "investing" in one pair and going the preferred bargain route on another. (TJ Maxx find.) Have a great day!

Gretchen said...

I bought red ones that I love, and got lots of compliments. BUT, they were cheap (TJMAXX) and by the middle of the day had stretched out so much I had to keep pulling them up. I need to go to the Gap, and check theirs out. Since I am neither 6 feet tall nor do I way 6 pounds, I'm afraid of what size I would need in their skinnies. YIKES!

Mrs. Type A said...

I WANT to try them...but I'm very pear shaped and I just CANT imagine that any colored jean would look good on me. I dunno! Maybe I'll just have to try them on and bring someone honest (my sister?) along with me.

D @ Naptime in Suburbia said...

The orange pants in the first grouping look very Duchess Kate-esque!

Rhiannon said...

I bought a pair of fuschia jeans at Saks Off Fifth and they just look ridiculous on me. I will instead hold onto memories of the very awesome pink Guess jeans I had in junior high.

(Disclaimer: I did snag a pair of pink khakis from Gap. Cute and so comfortable)

Rachelle said...

Yes, yes, yes! Perfect way to inject a bit of fun into my work-at-home wardrobe. Now it's just a matter of finding time to go out and shop - hopefully before the Texas summer hits and I don't want to even think about encasing my legs in denim.

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