How to Transform Your Colored Skinny Jeans for Fall

They were all you wanted to wear for the past year or so. They were cute, punchy, always on sale at Forever21, and now you have them in every shade of the rainbow. Oh, the colored skinny jean — once so hot, now so dated. You can bring those colorful duds into the realm of autumnwear; you'll just have to DIY a bit.

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They were all you wanted to wear for the past year or so. They were cute, punchy, always on sale at Forever21, and now you have them in every shade of the rainbow. Oh, the colored skinny jean — once so hot, now so dated. You can bring those colorful duds into the realm of autumnwear; you'll just have to DIY a bit.

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Dye Them Darker

Nothing says fall more than fall colors. (File that under Great Truths I Learned Today.) Take your denim two or three shades toward the darker end of the spectrum with fabric dye (honestly, it's easier than you think!); baby blue becomes navy, pink becomes burgundy, yellow becomes brown, and you become... not an Easter egg.

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Add a Pattern

Solid color isn't so hot for denim right now, but patterned pants are everywhere. And they're so easy to make! All you need is a paintbrush and a little bleach or fabric paint (and maybe a stencil, which you can make yourself by cutting a pattern out of cardboard). Here are a few helpful tutorials: bleach-patterned jeans, heart-printed jeans, floral jeans.

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Embellish Them

Also very trendy right now: things attached to and/or protruding from your jeans. I don't know, we're suddenly all about 3d here in fashion. If you have a needle and thread — or a hot glue gun — you can attach all sorts of awesome things to your jeans: Beads, sequins, feathers, or fabric swatches. This tutorial is pretty incredible — it shows you how to mimic the amazing Christopher Kane x J Brand jeans in this picture. You can also go full-on kitsch with iron-on appliques (remember how much we used to love those)?

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Paint

If you really can't stand the sight of those powderpuff pink skinnies anymore, but you desperately need new clothes for fall... for free... maybe it's time to pull a Michelangelo and pick up the paint brush. Fabric paint will let you completely forget that underneath your artistic swirls and blotches, there lurks an unwelcome, off-trend guest. Rookie has a cute how-to. (In short: Slap on paint!)

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Save Them

Maybe not all colored skinny jeans need to make it work for the fall. Maybe some of them are destined to sit in your closet, waiting out the winter, until spring bursts forth and we (inevitably) long for them again. Or you could give them to your little sister.

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