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Embellished Spring Denim Looks That Are Anything but Basic

Truth: we’d wear jeans every day to everything if we could. But sometimes we want to wear denim a little differently. Beyond the skinny, the high waist and the destroyed, there’s a newer category we’re just calling fancy pants. With grommets, sequins, pearls and even denim-on-denim designs, embellished jeans are getting a cool-girl refresh—just in time to wear them (everywhere) this spring.

Here are a handful of ways to try out the trend.

similar star jeans from Stella McCartney | AGL penny slide loafer

With a duster jacket and loafer slides, embellished denim looks low-key contemporary.

Topshop velvet duster

Rebecca Taylor off-the-shoulder pop top

An off-the-shoulder sweater and some boudoir-style slippers bring sultriness to sweet floral stitching.

Ribicca Mamuye, embellished jean shoot

Ribicca Mamuye, embellished jean shoot

McGuire Bella off-the-shoulder sweater | Topshop embroidered mom jeans 

Ribicca Mamuye, embellished jean shoot

Jeffrey Campbell Turbina embellished slide sandal 

Pink and a peplum frill on a button-up add playful femininity to the sporty stripes of these dual-toned denim pants.

MSGM peplum top | Madewell high-waist cropped wide-leg jeans | adidas Stan Smith sneaker 

Photographer and art director: Elizabeth Podlesnik
Stylist: Keara Matthiesen
Hair and makeup artist: Sarah Stanton
Model: Ribicca Mamuye
Copy and production: Britt Burritt