Our April issue hits stands Friday (though you can nab it on your tablet right now!) and it’s packed full of the hottest trends for spring, from entry-level to more advanced. We especially loved talking spring denim trends, but we know that some looks may be tougher than others to pull off. That’s why we road-tested pastel, engineer stripe and super-distressed jeans — if we can do it, you can too! Check out our outfits, below, then tell us how you’d wear yours in the comments.
Courtesy Tomoko Takeda Canel
The trend and the editor: Pastel jeans; Tomoko Takeda Canel, Senior Beauty Editor
Degree of trickiness: It’s denim with a feminine twist, so not that hard
Overall experience: I’m a girly girl, so when the fashion ladies asked to me to test out this trend, I was instantly on board. The tricky part (besides picking between peach and mint green) was figuring out what to wear it with. I didn’t want to look like a jellybean! Wearing one color from head to toe looked minimal and sophisticated, but I found that you can never go wrong with neutral basics like a white tee or a button down shirt. But they’re not just for girly girls like me: You can easily toughen up your look by pairing it with edgy pieces like a moto jacket or studded accessories.
Verdict: It’s another reason to wear jeans — especially in the spring!
Courtesy Heather Viggiani
The trend and the editor: Engineer stripes; Heather Viggiani, Assistant Editor
Degree of trickiness: Not tricky at all, if you pretend the stripes aren’t there!
Overall experience: Confession: This isn’t the first time I’ve worn engineer-striped denim. In high school I had a skirt from Abercrombie Fitch & Co. I wore all. the. time. If I wore striped denim constantly then, I knew I could do it now. With this in mind, I chose the rest of my outfit as I would with any other pair of non-striped jeans. I added a cropped leather jacket, crossbody and booties — to ensure I was more “cute West Village gal” and less “train driver,” I focused on pieces in my wardrobe that have gold accents (like the cap-toe on the booties). My guy first thought the jeans were “different,” but after this initial unenthusiastic comment, he warmed to them. To keep the look ‘guy hot,’ stay figure-flattering and avoid a roomier fit.
Verdict: Treat them like faded denim skinnies (and keep the outfit girlie/glam) and you can’t go wrong.
Kristen Maxwell Cooper
The trend and the editor: Super-distressed denim; Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Senior Editor
Degree of Trickiness: 10 for work, but 5 for the weekend.
Overall Experience: I like my denim neat and tidy, so this ripped-up style was a real departure for me; it took me almost a week to finally commit to wearing them out. With holes from the ankles to the upper thighs, these jeans are less-than-ideal for winter, but I forced myself into a springy mindset and gave them a go anyway. I didn’t think I could keep up with the jeans’ laid-back vibe. Instead, I dressed them up with a white button down, nude heels and a statement necklace. I rolled the jeans at the hem to mimic a “boyfriend” look and to show that I wasn’t taking this distressed pair too seriously. I went to brunch with my husband, who loved the look, and even got compliments from strangers!
Verdict: They’re surprisingly versatile and can be dressed up or down. Plus, they give your look a nonchalant, cool-girl spin. Can I keep them!?