This 2015 Denim Style Is Making an Unexpected Comeback—and We’re Totally on Board

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A year of quarantining at home has led to a rise in nostalgic decor, hobbies and fashion spanning any number of decades and trends. But the latest iteration of something old becoming new again hits much closer to home than other repeats. In fact, it was only six years ago, back in 2015, that this particular denim style took our drawers by storm, and it looks like it’s already back for round two. We are, of course, talking about two-tone denim.

Colorblock, pieced denim, two-tone—whatever you want to call it, these multi-wash styles have been slowly but surely popping up in new collections for brands like DL1961, Jordache and Good American. They take the form of racing stripes, legs of different washes or even jeans where the front and back are two different shades. And while they’re definitely not as busy as patchworked or embroidered denim, they still feel funky enough to stand out from a sea of classic blues in the same way that a fringe-trimmed LBD is so much more fun than a minimalist, fringe-free black dress.

Considering it hasn't been that long since two-tone denim’s last spike in popularity, it’s entirely possible you might still be holding onto your beloved Vetements pair from the last go-around. But just in case you donated them or if you’re looking to upgrade to a new style, here are 11 2021-approved pairs to shop now.

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anthropologie en saison two tone jeans colorblock denim

1. en Saison Andrea Colorblocked Pants

To avoid looking like you’re lost in the mid-2010s, pair these mismatched jeans with lug-sole loafers or combat boots and a cozy, neutral-hued cardigan…rather than a cropped blazer or platform pumps.

Available in sizes XS to L

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Good American

2. good American Good Boy Two-tone

Styles that feature one wash at the front and another at the back, like this loose Good American pair, are a little easier to pull off if you’re new to the two-tone life. Style these as you would any other pair of boyfriend jeans…just prepare yourself for the doubletakes as you walk down the street.

Buy it ($179)

Available in sizes 00 to 24

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3. alice & Olivia Boyfriend Jeans In Two-tone Blue

We love the addition of an off-kilter waistband and a fly that doesn’t quite lay straight to make these jeans feel a little more charming and DIY-inspired.

Available in sizes 24 to 30

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4. ba&sh Apolo Color Block Ankle Jeans

The newest take this the trend are jeans with colorblocking at the waist and shins, as opposed to along the sides. Just be sure to tuck in your top to get the full effect.

Available in sizes XS to L

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5. eloquii Relaxed Two-tone Jeans

Pro tip: Styles that place a darker wash on the inside of the legs and a lighter wash at the outside are generally more flattering and more slimming than the reverse.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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6. jonathan Simkhai Standard Eliot High Rise Jeans

You don’t need to stick to shades of blue, as this black-backed pair makes abundantly clear. If you’re unsure what to wear with such contrasting hues, follow the model pictured here and stick with solid black separates.

Available in sizes 24 to 30

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7. dl1961 Patti Straight High-rise Vintage Ankle

You can also rock denim that has the seaming and styling of two-tone jeans, but with washes that feel almost identical.

Buy it ($209)

Available in sizes 25 to 34

jordache half and half two tone jeans colorblock denim

8. jordache Half & Half High Rise Vintage Crop

In the case of mismatched legs, like this Half & Half pair from Jordache, it’s easiest to wear them with symmetrically-cut basics to avoid making your silhouette look oddly unbalanced. But there’s no need to stick solely to neutral or solid tees or tanks. In fact, try it with a dainty floral print for a very trendy ensemble.

Available in sizes 23 to 32

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9. lee Vintage Modern Seamed Stovepipe Jeans

A subtle V-shaped seam at the rear and no back pockets will give your booty a super-flattering boost.

Available in sizes 24 to 33

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Still Here

10. still Here Color Block Childhood Vintage Blue X Indigo

Inspired by ranchers’ riding crops, these two-tone jeans look best with a cropped knit or T-shirt tucked in and fresh white kicks on your feet.

Buy it ($320)

Available in sizes 23 to 32

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11. Jordache Coming & Going Jean

This pair adds yet another retro trend making a comeback into the mix: stonewash. However, it doesn’t feel too ‘80s-inspired, thanks to the sleek skinny-jean silhouette and mid-rise.

Available in sizes 23 to 32

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