Fashion

Fun Jeans For Sad Times

There was a time earlier this year when it felt like jeans were a garment from a bygone era. As we embraced the comfort of joggers and holey old leggings, it seemed as if our hermit wardrobes were here to stay. But as the pandemic became a permanent part of our existence, we began to yearn for real clothing – particularly items that would boost our mood.

This feeling was encapsulated in a viral tweet that read, simply, "no more plain jeans". Accompanied by a photograph of loud, printed denim, the message was clear: it was time to inject some fun back into our clothing. Denim has been a wardrobe staple since time immemorial but 2020 is making the case for vibrant patterns on an array of light wash denim, coloured and classic black jeans. 

ADVERTISEMENT

One of the brands doing this best is New York-based Eckhaus Latta, whose swirly spray-paint jeans quickly became a favourite of Instagram It girls everywhere. Other designers like Collina Strada have also taken on the trend with a range of graffitied and squiggled designs. But if high end is out of your budget, you’ll be happy to know that the high street has its fair share of fun jeans, too, with Urban Outfitters, Topshop and Weekday all putting their own spin on the look.

To shop the best printed denim on the market right now, click through the slideshow ahead...

Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.

1 of 25
Topshop Cow Print 90s Straight Jeans, $39.99 $31.99 Buy
2 of 25
Eckhaus Latta High Waist Tie Dye Leg Jeans, $422.00 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
3 of 25
The Ragged Priest Infringement Jean, $55.00 Buy
4 of 25
House Of Sunny Dalmation Jessie Jean, $80.00 Buy
5 of 25
Paloma Wool No 717 Kent, $123.58 Buy
6 of 25
Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $40.00 Buy
7 of 25
Lazy Oaf Loved Up Denim Jeans, $85.00 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
8 of 25
Lisa Says Gah Robyn Jean - Blue Daisy Check, $90.41 Buy
9 of 25
House Of Sunny Rewa Denim, $90.00 Buy
10 of 25
Free People Just Float On Printed Flare Jeans, $88.00 Buy
11 of 25
Chopova Lowena Ebrulee Straight-Leg Jeans, $600.00 Buy
12 of 25
ASOS DESIGN Curve High Rise 'Relaxed' Dad Jeans, $30.40 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
13 of 25
Urban Outfitters BDG Juno Tie-Dye Jeans, $55.00 Buy
14 of 25
Natasha Zinko Graphic Print Straight-Leg Jeans, $630.00 $315.00 Buy
15 of 25
Topshop Mid Blue Lazer Print Straight Jeans, $39.99 $31.99 Buy
16 of 25
Kirin Flowers Washed Flared Jeans, $530.00 Buy
17 of 25
Topshop Black Warp Print 90s Straight Jeans, $39.99 $31.99 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
18 of 25
Jaded London Flower Print Retro Flare, $65.00 Buy
19 of 25
Pop Sick Vintage 80's Reworked Jeans, $42.00 Buy
20 of 25
The Ragged Priest Wave Jean - Blue, $55.00 Buy
21 of 25
Eckhaus Latta Green & Red Directional Spray Wide Leg Jeans, $385.00 Buy
22 of 25
Obey Crush Pant, $41.99 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
23 of 25
Free People Firecracker Flare Jeans, $140.00 Buy
24 of 25
Monki Taiki Allover Print, $50.00 Buy
25 of 25
River Island Pink Paisley Print Wide Leg Denim Jeans, $48.00 Buy
ADVERTISEMENT
Load more...
ADVERTISEMENT