Denim has long served as a canvas for artwork, but recently it has catapulted into popularity with designers presenting painted denim in recent collections. Brands such as Qasimi, Liam Hodges, Emporio Armani, Christian Siriano and Alberta Ferretti have all featured creative dye effects using denim as their backdrop.
The trend was further underscored this year as home-bound consumers looked to creative DIY projects involving paint, bleach and old jeans.
But for those not brave enough to try their hand at some of these viral trends, there are plenty of styles on the market created with an expert touch. Rivet rounded up some of the top painted denim looks for men and women.
From the front, these Bandier jeans appear to be standard cropped straight legs. But turn around, and a color-block pattern adorns the length from back pocket to cuff.
This pair from Simon Miller is the ultimate painter-inspired style. The rainbow-colored paint splatter perfectly contrasts with the white high-rise flared denim, and will make a bold statement wherever you take them.
Channel fine art with these floral R13 jeans. Featuring a baggy fit and rolled cuffs, the jeans will instantly add some effortless style to your look.
Wren & Glory
Wren & Glory is known for its unique hand-painted denim, and this jacket is no exception. Featuring tie-dye, one of the pandemic’s greatest fashion trends, this design comes in several different color schemes.
Featuring a metallic red, white and blue finishing effect, these Diesel jeans give just enough glam to make an outfit night-time ready. Zippered back pockets offer an additional element of surprise.
Prps describes these jeans as having a “modern, graffiti vibe.” Inspired by the urban landscape, this style will turn heads on a stroll around the city.
Cult of Individuality
This black-and-silver jean jacket by Cult of Individuality has stage presence. Pair with a T-shirt and black skinny jeans to complete the look.
Based on the hard-wearing laborer’s pant, the G-Star Raw 3301 features subtle paint splatter and distressing for a modern edge. In true G-Star nature, it is sustainably made and dyed with aniline-free indigo.
Make a statement in these spray-painted jeans from Preme. Featuring an array of neon green and pink over a denim canvas, this pair is sure to help you stand out wherever you go.