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Yup, Reworked Jeans Are Still Going Strong

Several pairs of painted, patched, printed, and otherwise souped-up jeans to shop.

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light wash jeans with painted shapes on them Photo: Citizens of Humanity

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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 Jeans with holes in a pattern

Rejina Pyo Mia Jean, $396

patched jeans from madewell

Madewell x B-Sides Slim Boyfriend Reworked Jeans, $198

light wash jeans with painted shapes on them Photo: Citizens of Humanity

Citizens of Humanity Liya High Rise in Modern Torn, $322.99 (from $428)

back view of jeans with slanted pockets

Eckhaus Latta Sky El Jean, $105 (marked down from $350)

velvet-patched jeans with circle zipper pull

Off-White Velvet Patch 5-Pocket Jean, $529 (from $1,008)

a model with white splatter painted jeans

Levi’s Vintage Splatter Paint Jeans, $98

dark denim pants with piping

ASOS Curve Denim Pants with Red Side Piping, $53

a model in Levi’s patched skinny jeans

Levi’s Colorblocked Patched 501 Skinny Jeans, $168

mixed material jeans

Asos White Velvet Boyfriend Mixed Jean, $98

black jeans embroidered with roses

Moto Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans, $110