The first thing we thought when we saw Armani Exchange‘s spring/summer 2012 lookbook was, “Wow, we could wear a lot of this stuff to work.” The bright orange cropped jeans and khakis look certifiably professional (especially when paired with heels, chiffon tops, and slouchy blazers). But this collection isn’t all work and no play–there’s a few summer weekend looks we’d love to cop. Denim shorts paired with a crochet knit top and aviators? We’ll see you at the beach.
As you’ve probably already seen around here, we are loving neon hues for spring and summer. Mouthwatering brights never fail to stand out in a crowd, and that’s just what we want after months of keeping our lower halves layered up. In preparation, we’ve picked nine pairs of highlighter-colored denim shorts for you to grab before shorts season really picks up. Check them out below!
1. J Brand Bright Low Rise Shorts ($285) — buy it at Mytheresa
2. ASOS Neon Green High Waist Hotpants ($44.76) — buy it at ASOS
3. Current/Elliott The Boyfriend mid-rise rigid-denim shorts ($90) — buy it at The Outnet
4. 7 For All Mankind Cut Off Neon Shorts in Neon Citron ($149) — buy it at Boutique to You
5. Rag & Bone/JEAN The Cutoff Shorts ($154) — buy it at Shopbop
6. FORMULA Neon Distressed Denim Shorts ($24.99) — buy it at Tilly’s
7. Christopher Kane Neon stretch-denim shorts ($305) — buy it at Net-a-Porter
8. Blank Denim Semi Fit Shorts with Raw Hem ($68) — buy it at Shopbop
9. DL1961 Stella Zipper Short in Toucan ($98) — buy it at Zappos
Playing Fashion‘s November issue stays true to its name with a bold editorial that takes a fresh spin on staid standbys with unconventional materials and cooler color choices. With the addition of perky pastels and highly-saturated brights, the luxe labels and luxe fabrics featured here–from teal Emilio Pucci trousers to Prince-worthy purple suede pants–are far from boring. We’re especially digging the lemon yellow-hued leather jeans. Attention-grabbing clothing you can wear in the winter is always drool-worthy, especially at this time of year!
There aren’t a lot of people who can say they see and touch as many pairs of jeans as the girls in the Denim Therapy office in midtown Manhattan, so for them to be able to put on a pair and declare a fit, feel, or brand their “favorite” is a pretty big deal. That’s why, when Renee and Sarah showed up to work, both sporting their current top choice for trousers, they knew they had to tell us about them. Right now, Renee is in love with her high-wasted, dark-wash Doctrine duds, while Sarah finds any excuse to wear her bright green, mid-rise, cigarette BGDs (and that includes Halloween trivia night, where her green legs completed her T-Rex costume). Read on to find out why these jeans made the cut!
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
Renee: Woah, that’s a high rise!
Sarah: I wish they weren’t so long, but everything else is so perfect!
Where/when would you wear these?
Renee: These are definitely day to night jeans. The wash is solid and dark, they’re trendy, and versatile. I can wear them with a tucked in button down, a flowy shirt, or a cropped sweater.
Sarah: All of the time. I’ve had them for two weeks and the knees are already starting to fade. The color somehow seems to go with everything.
How’s the fit?
Renee: The high waist is super flattering! Which isn’t always the case (I admittedly can’t always fill out the butt in my jeans). But Doctrine added some extra tailoring above the pockets and at the waist to create a smooth shape. The fabric is also thick and has a good amount of stretch.
Sarah: The waist is possibly the best fitting waist I’ve ever had in any pant, ever. The butt’s pretty great too.
This is certainly the year of color denim, and neon jeans are not to be excluded. J Brand recently opened up one of their showrooms to show off the enormous spread of haute hues being offered right now, just in time for summer! If you can’t decided whether to try fuchsia or purple jeans, check out this video for some advice on how to wear color denim and how to get in on this summer style trend.