Denim purists, clean freaks, and probably your grandparents will tell you that buying anything—especially pants—pre-ripped and paint-splattered is a ridiculous thing to do. But they are wrong (love you Grams!). Buying pre-ripped, paint-splattered jeans means putting out “I’m good with my hands” energy, without actually having to go to Home Depot on a 98-degree day—twice. It’s genius. Here are a few pairs we like, all yours in 5 clicks or less. If you’re feeling motivated enough to take on a project, but lazy enough that you only want said project to take you all of 10 minutes, you can DIY your own pair. In the latest episode of Upgrade Your Style, our Creative Director at Large Jim Moore shows you how. Check it out.
This style from Acne, unlike most painted denim, could actually pass as a pair of weekend-project jeans.
Acne Studios “River” paint vintage jeans
Yes, these are very expensive. Beautiful works of art don’t come cheap.
Off-White carpenter paint smudge jeans
Pinks and purples say “I just finished building my daughter a very elaborate dollhouse.” It will go over well.
Just Cavalli paint effect jeans
Tan work pants with a thousand careful, colorful swipes look cool, almost trippy, and have a sense of humor too.
Dickies vintage hand-painted work pant
If you want to look like a fine artist instead of a laborer, it’s carrot-fit jeans with Pollock-like splatters for $250+ or bust.
3.1 Phillip Lim paint splatter jeans
If California had a state pant, these earthy jeans with their obnoxiously beautiful splatters would be it.
Calvin Klein high-straight jeans
These jeans are the yacht rock of painted denim. Fun, easy, built for day drinking, and something your dad could also be into.
Topman light wash painted jeans
Truth is, 9 times out of 10, RRL is better than vintage. Try finding work pants this perfect at Goodwill.
RRL cotton twill work pants
Cloud-like paint splatters and they also fit like a dream. Enjoy never having a care in the world again.
Denim by Vanquish and Fragment paint tapered jeans