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The Pink Jeans That Will Change Your Mind About Colored Denim

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Break out of your winter funk with a fun pair of jeans.

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A model wearing pink jeans, a pink tee shirt, and blue shirt tied around her waist
Madewell x Where I Was From Slim Straight Crop Jeans ($145)

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After purchasing almost every shade of Gap’s super skinny neon sherbet jeans in 2012, I swore I would never buy another pair of colored jeans. But fast-forward to this spring, when Madewell dropped a capsule collection with the vintage resale site Where I Was From. I needed the blush high-waisted cropped jeans. And it had been five years — at least two decades in trend years! Could I go back?

Yes. The jeans are rigid, which makes for a much better fit than the thin and stretchy colored denim of yore, but they feel perfectly worn in. The rise is high, the leg is straight, and the cropped ankle keeps you from drowning in the wide leg if you’re short. And they look just as cool with white sneakers as they do with sandals.

And sure, this exact shade of pink is everywhere, as is colored denim, but don’t you want to be pulled out of your winter funk?

A model wearing pink jeans, brown sandals, and a striped white and pink tee shirt Photo: Madewell