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Like chokers and athleisure, reworked jeans seem to be one of those trends that just won’t die. Only this one doesn’t bother me in the least — in fact, I’m secretly (well, now openly) glad it’s stuck around.
We could probably blame Vetements and its wildly overpriced, wildly popular jeans that took over street style last winter and spring, which looked like two pairs of vintage Levi’s sewn together. But my favorite options now are of the (sometimes) more subtle variety, whether it’s a quirky pocket, added patches, or a little paint splatter here and there.
If you’re handy enough (and have enough free time), you could probably whip up your own version of embellished or reworked denim using vintage jeans, scissors, fabric paint, and some patience. But for the rest of us, I’ve pulled together some great examples of what I like to think of as “jeans+” — denim with a little something extra. Any pair here will definitely take your regular jeans and T-shirt uniform up a few notches.
Rejina Pyo Mia Jean, $396
Madewell x B-Sides Slim Boyfriend Reworked Jeans, $198
Citizens of Humanity Liya High Rise in Modern Torn, $322.99 (from $428)
Eckhaus Latta Sky El Jean, $105 (marked down from $350)
Off-White Velvet Patch 5-Pocket Jean, $529 (from $1,008)
Levi’s Vintage Splatter Paint Jeans, $98
ASOS Curve Denim Pants with Red Side Piping, $53
Levi’s Colorblocked Patched 501 Skinny Jeans, $168
Asos White Velvet Boyfriend Mixed Jean, $98
Moto Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans, $110