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Give your jeans a 3-D upgrade

This season's favorite jeans are skintight and boast bold patterns, textures and prints.
by Heather Warlick Modified: September 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012

Vibrant color is one top fashion story this season, but another important trend is patterned, printed and flocked jeans, many of which combine shocks of bright color and interesting texture, taking skinny jeans to the next level.

“This season is really all about this texture and the 3-D qualities,” said Alex Bratton, fashion buyer for On a Whim in Classen Curve. The shop recently opened an additional location at 3524 S Peoria Ave. in Tulsa. “I think it's a trend that everybody kind of jumped on board with.”

Jamicia Wiley, buyer at Gil's Clothing & Denim Bar, agrees. She said women of all ages are embracing the trend.

“I think that it's just a fresh approach to denim. It just adds something new and something fresh to your wardrobe,” Wiley said.

You'll find big, bold patterns and textures and some that are more simple and subtle. Some are flocked, some are waxed, others are printed directly onto the denim.

Skinny secrets

One thing you can count on — they're not kidding around when they call them skinny. These jeans tend to fit skintight.

If you're nervous about that, Wiley recommends pairing the painted-on pants with a long tunic and a pair of tall boots.

Anytime you wear something this tight on bottom, you should balance it by wearing something loose and blousy on top, she said.

Bratton recommends pairing the jeans with layered tops such as a long grandfather cardigan over a cutaway A-line tank top. Cocoon and Dolman-style tops are loose-fitting and perfect toppers for a skinny print jean.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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