Treated Jeans
You can wear treated jeans all year long. Courtesy of Free People

Topsy-turvy times call for topsy-turvy denim. That certainly seemed to be designers' thinking at the latest round of New York Fashion Week shows. For Spring 2024, Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, Retrofête, Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Brandon Maxwell, Eckhaus Latta and New York denim specialists Who Decides War all did more-is-more denim, taking the concept of "distressing" to a whole new artistic level. Call it the Glenn Martens effect.

Yes, un-basic denim is on the rise. And the easiest way to partake in said trend is with a (surprisingly timeless) pair of treated jeans. Acid-washed, dyed, patched, shredded, spliced, coated in metallic pigment or freckled with gems, beat the masses and make a head-turning pair of jeans your next buy. The key is to invest in a pair you truly love so you wear the pants, the pants don't wear you.

Once you've got that sorted, for best sartorial results, pair your look-at-me bottoms with a crisp, clean top or luxurious oversized knit. Play with proportions. Recovering minimalists, ease into the trend with muted color palettes and tonal tops and outerwear. Maximalists, the Canadian tux is your best friend.

Need help finding a pair that fits your personality? Shop our favorites below.

Zara TRF Metallic High Rise Jeans
Zara

Zara TRF Metallic High Rise Jeans, $69.90 at Zara

Etudes Pink District Jeans
Études

Études Pink District Jeans, $465 at SSENSE

Ashish Sequinned Wide-Leg Jeans
Ashish

Ashish Sequinned Wide-Leg Jeans, $1,553 at Matches Fashion

Y/Project Black Evergreen Banana Jeans
Y/Project

Y/Project Black Evergreen Banana Jeans, $360 at SSENSE

Jaded London Colossus Distressed Wide-Leg Jean
Jaded London

Jaded London Colossus Distressed Wide-Leg Jean, $110 at Urban Outfitters

Vivienne Westwood Ray High-Rise Checked-Print Flared Jeans
Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Ray High-Rise Checked-Print Flared Jeans, $345 at Matches Fashion

Ganni Blue Foil Stary Jeans
Ganni

Ganni Blue Foil Stary Jeans in Heather, $425 at Ganni

Fiorucci Enlarged Angels Jeans Blue
Fiorucci

Fiorucci Enlarged Angels Jeans Blue, $385 at Fiorucci

Farm Rio Patchwork High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Farm Rio

Farm Rio Patchwork High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans, $215 at Net-a-Porter

Junya Watanabe Checked Mid-Rise Straight Boyfriend Jeans
Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe Checked Mid-Rise Straight Boyfriend Jeans, $549 at MyTheresa

Zara Z1975 Straight Cut Pearl Jeans
Zara

Zara Z1975 Straight Cut Pearl Jeans With a High Waist, $49.90 at Zara

Victoria Beckham Julia Ombre High-Rise Jeans
Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham Julia Ombre High-Rise Jeans, $550 at Moda Operandi

Sandro Rhinestone Jeans
Sandro

Sandro Rhinestone Jeans, $340 at Saks

Marques' Almeida Frayed Boyfriend Jeans
Marques' Almeida

Marques' Almeida Frayed Boyfriend Jeans, $320 at Net-a-Porter

Mango Wideleg Patchwork Jeans
Mango

Mango Wideleg Patchwork Jeans, $69.99 at Mango

Levis 501 Crop Jeans
Levi’s

Levi's 501 Crop Jeans in Misty Silver Pine, $108 at Free People

Ksubi Playback Jeans
Ksubi

Ksubi Playback Jeans in Imprint, $240 at Free People

Assembly New York Patchwork Print Denim Five Pocket Jean
Assembly New York

Assembly New York Patchwork Print Denim Five Pocket Jean, $458 at Assembly New York

Banana Republic The Coated Puddle Jean
Banana Republic

Banana Republic The Coated Puddle Jean, $150 at Banana Republic

RE/DONE Loose Long Jeans
RE/DONE

RE/DONE Loose Long Jeans in Ripped & Faded, $325 at Free People

R13 Crossover Jean
R13

R13 Crossover Jean in Amber Blue, $595 at R13

Acne Studios 1991 Toj Pompeii Jeans
Acne Studios

Acne Studios 1991 Toj Pompeii Jeans, $440 at Shopbop

Eytys Red Orion Jeans
Eytys

Eytys Red Orion Jeans, $400 at SSENSE

Isabel Marant Noemie Rigid High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant Noemie Rigid High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans in Ivory, $690 at Moda Operandi

Reformation Cary High Rise Slouchy Wide Leg Jeans
Reformation

Reformation Cary High Rise Slouchy Wide Leg Jeans in Chesapeake Studded, $198 at Reformation

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