In the past year or so, denim has evolved beyond the categories we all know and love.
In place of the boot-cut, skinny, and distressed, the fashion world has spawned some impressively inventive, and baffling, looks.
There was the denim jacket that would only fit Slenderman; there was the one that would swallow you whole. There were jeans for flaunting your butt cheeks and jeans for flaunting your butt crack. There were upside-down shorts and detachable jean legs; denim bustiers and denim thongs.
Below, check out 16 of the wildest denim designs that have left people scratching their heads.
People had a lot to say about these jeans with transparent plastic panels.
In March 2017, the internet was divided over this $95 pair of jeans from Topshop. Featuring large, plastic-covered cutouts over both knees, the pants had some reaching for their wallets and others tweeting in disbelief.
Sadly, if you’re hoping to draw people’s attention to your knees, look elsewhere. This pair is currently sold out everywhere.
Shoppers were not particularly happy about these $425 faux-muddy jeans.
Designed to “embody rugged, Americana workwear,” these PRPS pants were ridiculed online in April 2017 after people spotted them on Nordstrom’s website. While the jeans have sold out by now, you can easily replicate the look for less by going outside on a rainy day in boot-cut jeans and rolling around in dirt.
This denim look had some scratching their heads.
While we probably wouldn’t wear these jeans to work, or in public, or in general, at all, enough people clearly wanted to. Originally priced at $570, the pants were on sale for $399 before selling out.
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