Throw Away Your Boring Blue Denim! 2022 Is All About The Color

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I think of denim the same way I think about waffles: I’m never not in the mood for waffles, and I can never say no to a new pair of jeans.

After a little over two years of wearing soft pants — otherwise known as leggings — it’s time to add a few hard pants into my rotation. Regular denim is classic, but with “dopamine dressing” on the rise, this year feels like the right time to be a little extra. 

Chances are, you already own a few pairs of jeans in pale blue or inky black, but why not go for it? Think greens, yellows, teal, or even rainbow.

Wearing denim in bright hues is definitely a vibe, so if you’re unsure, pair with a neutral top and accessories. However, if you want to not just go there, but live there, go for a monochrome look or bold, contrasting colors.

Keep reading to discover the colorful jeans we’re loving right now, and how we’d wear ’em.

Bright Colors

Penny Pull-On Colorblock Flare Jeans

Modern, fun, and a little bold, I’d pair these colorblock jeans with a bold pink t-shirt and red sneaks.

free people Penny Pull-On Colorblock Flare Jeans


High Rise 90s Loose Jeans

I love the butter-colored tones of these high rise jeans. Wear with a pale gray top and a navy blazer.

gap 90s highrise jeans

SHOP AT GAP – $79.95

Color Straight Jeans

The bold lime hue of these straight jeans by Mango would look great with the matching top, but consider an emerald-colored top for a great play on colors.

mango color straight jeans

SHOP AT MANGO – $79.99

Dull Hues

Cowboy High Rise Straight Jeans

Contrast stitching can be hard to get right on colored jeans, but the Cowboy straight jeans work. The tailoring on the pants (as well as the muted colors) make them a good option for the office.

reformation Cowboy High Rise Straight Jeans


Purple Mid-Rise Straight Jeans

Everything about these River Island mid-rise jeans is special — the slight flare hem, the soft purple color, and the close-to-the-body-without-being-tight cut. Pair with a close fitting top and chunky shoes.

river island Purple Mid-Rise Straight Jeans


High-Rise Vintage Straight Cropped Jeans

The not-too-bright colors of these vintage jeans make them easier to pair with any item in your wardrobe. Pair with your favorite ankle boots and a slouchy sweater when it’s chilly, then rock with your fave concert tee when it gets warmer.

universal thread high rise vintage straight cropped jean


Pretty Prints

Marble High Waisted Jeans

The colors of these marble print high-waisted jeans mean they will match with just about everything in your closet: purple, white, black and gray would look fantastic. Or go with white for a maximalist take on minimalism.

river island Marble High Waisted Jeans


Wanderer High Rise Flare Jeans

Channel your inner music festival wild child with these flare jeans. I love the contrasting back pockets.

free people Wanderer High Rise Flare Jeans


Bum Sculpt Mom Jeans

I’m a sucker for prints that look like faded wallpaper, and these mom jeans are pretty enough to be noticed but subtle enough to wear a million ways. Pair with a slouchy, off-shoulder top for maximum laid back vibes.

river island bum sculpt mom jeans


Not Your Average Blue Jeans

Relaxed Fit Bull Denim

There are blue jeans and jeans that happen to be blue, and this relaxed-fit pair is definitely the latter. The pale blue hue would look great with a bold floral print top and classic loafers.

LA Apparel Relaxed Fit Bull Denim


Mom High-Waist Jeans

The type of deeply saturated blue in these high-waist jeans are a good choice for those unsure about spending cash on the trend. The color is just enough outside the typical denim to take part in the trend without screaming ‘I am a pair of jeans that is not the usual shade of blue.’

mango Mom high-waist jeans

SHOP AT MANGO – $59.99

AG Farrah Skinny Ankle

If you’re unsure about getting deeply hued jeans, then make sure to snag a pair in a classic cut, like these skinny ankle jeans. The traditional cut will anchor the unexpected color in a way a trendier cut won’t.

ag jeans farrah skinny



Do you own any colored denim? What’s your favorite pair of colored jeans? Let us know in the comments below!

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