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Give your jeans a 3-D upgrade
By Heather Warlick
| Published: September 11, 2012
Vibrant color is one top fashion story this season, but another important trend is patterned, printed and flocked jeans, many of which combine shocks of bright color and interesting texture, taking skinny jeans to the next level.
“This season is really all about this texture and the 3-D qualities,” said Alex Bratton, fashion buyer for On a Whim in Classen Curve. The shop recently opened an additional location at 3524 S Peoria Ave. in Tulsa. “I think it's a trend that everybody kind of jumped on board with.”
Jamicia Wiley, buyer at Gil's Clothing & Denim Bar, agrees. She said women of all ages are embracing the trend.
“I think that it's just a fresh approach to denim. It just adds something new and something fresh to your wardrobe,” Wiley said.
You'll find big, bold patterns and textures and some that are more simple and subtle. Some are flocked, some are waxed, others are printed directly onto the denim.
One thing you can count on — they're not kidding around when they call them skinny. These jeans tend to fit skintight.
If you're nervous about that, Wiley recommends pairing the painted-on pants with a long tunic and a pair of tall boots.
Anytime you wear something this tight on bottom, you should balance it by wearing something loose and blousy on top, she said.
Bratton recommends pairing the jeans with layered tops such as a long grandfather cardigan over a cutaway A-line tank top. Cocoon and Dolman-style tops are loose-fitting and perfect toppers for a skinny print jean.
At least they're not skinny and low-rise.
“It might be skinny, but it's not so low,” Bratton said. “It's fitting you at your natural waist, which I think women feel more comfortable about.”
Patterns and colors
For many seasons, patterns have been on top, with solids below. This trend turns that fashion philosophy upside down. You'll see skinny jeans in almost any pattern you can imagine — animal prints, herringbone, houndstooth, florals, zigzags, stripes, polka-dots and geometrics of all sorts.
Many of the 3-D textured jeans are velvet flocked. The fabric manufacturers create the pattern by adding a layer of velvet over denim, then burning the excess velvet away to leave the desired pattern.
With so much visual interest on your bottom half, solids are the ticket for on top.
One benefit of this trend is the variety of price points you'll find. From discount stores to specialty stores, printed jeans are abundant nearly everywhere.
And they'll have at least some staying power, Bratton and Wiley say.
Both women said textured and printed skinny jeans will be big for spring, though instead of featuring deep, dramatic shades of greens, oxblood, purples and terra-cotta, you'll see more springy color combos such as pinks and greens.