This time every year I start craving new jeans in a pretty blue wash. You probably know by now I adore black denim and mostly wear that year-round. BUT…when we have like one single sunny day in late February or early March, I get fresh, new blue jeans on the brain…and not just any blue. I need perfect vintage-y, faded blue loveliness. I found some good ones this year!
Bring On The Blue: 5 Pairs Of Cool Jeans For Spring
1. Pilcro Ultra High-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans
This pair of jeans hit so many marks for me: great faded wash, yet not fake-looking; comfy, high-rise, ankle crop and a little distressing…AND these are just over $100 — making them a reasonably priced find. These are a really solid option friends, especially if you prefer some stretch to your denim. Stretch denim in good faded washes is seriously tough to come by, and these are great. TTS.
Pilcro Ultra High Slim Boyfriend jeans (27) // sneakers // sweatshirt (similar)
2. Levi’s 501 Original Fit (Sustainable)
Um, I die. These are amazing. Who knew the really classic fit with loads of distressing would be my favs, but I have to admit, I adore them. I know there’s a lot of distressing. I know it’s not for everyone. YET, while I think I’ll eventually veer away from all that distressing…well, I never do.
I do think I’ll patch that top thigh slash though, because while cute standing, it’s not great sitting (oh hi, thigh). There’s a great video from Levi’s here on doing cool patching. I just have to find the right fabric now (I’m thinking either patching more denim on or a good, blue woven fabric like in the video.) These are non-stretch denim, and I sized up. If you don’t want them to stretch out too much, stick with your regular size, but they’ll fit tightly at first. I have a fitted pair, so now I want a comfy, slightly looser pair. At $98 for an amazing pair of jeans, I’m down for a little work cropping and patching. PLUS, Levi’s is a sustainable purchase. Winning all around, my friends!
Levi’s 501 Original Fit in Luxor Street or at Urban Outfitters (28) / sweater (or similar) / heels (similar)
3. MOTHER The Tripper High-Rise Ankle Jeans
I’ve actually had these MOTHER The Tripper ankle jeans for a bit now — I couldn’t resist this pretty blue wash. This cut of jeans is the best (and always sells out, FYI). This pair looks a bit darker than the rest here, but still bright and fun for spring. They’re quite fitted and only have a tiny bit of stretch, so I’ve been wearing them around to break them in; it’s a slow but sure process. I still can’t decide if I should crop them more (my original plan) or leave them kind of a bootcut fit like below.
Mother The Tripper jeans in Cryin’ Cowboys (27) / sweatshirt (similar) / sneakers
4. Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans (Sustainable)
These are actually a pair of my spring jeans from last year, but they’re back in stock in the same fit and wash. I love them, but they’re more of a labor of love. I got my regular size, but they took some breaking in. I sprayed these with water at the tight areas and wore them until they dried, thanks to Julieta’s advice. They’re still admittedly not as comfy as sizing up a size, but they’re very sexy and a great wash. I’ve been trying to decide whether to crop these too, or to keep wearing them cuffed. Sometimes, I like the balance a cuff adds to the bottom of skinny jeans. Plus, there’s just something about seeing the original hem on Levi’s that make it hard to chop off that great detail.
levi’s 501 skinny jeans (27, broken-in) / blazer / cami (similar) / shoes
5. Madewell High-Rise Skinny Crop
These aren’t bad. I like the wash, but the fit is a little too “typical skinny jean” for my taste this year. Even the Levi’s skinny jeans don’t fit like a legging, and I’m way more into the more modern fits like the boyfriend and straight leg styles. I’ve been a fan of Madewell jeans for years, but lately haven’t been as impressed (except this pair of white jeans!)
blouse (xs) / madewell skinny crop jeans (26) / shoes (similar)
Shop Cool Blue Jeans For Spring
Let me know if you’ve tried any Boyish or AGOLDE jeans in these lovely vintage washes. Those are two brands I’m eager to try out, especially at their price points, and the fact that AGOLDE is a sustainable denim brand. If you’ve found any other fabulous springy jeans, do share!
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Hi Laura, This is not about jeans, but when you are in Palm Springs, check out Peninsula Pastries. Their breads and pastries are amazing – and as a serious cook, I’m sure you will enjoy the experience!
Oh thank you so much for the rec! I plan to be back before long and will totes check it out!