When Gigi Hadid started off Milan Fashion Week in a piece consisting of a distressed asymmetrical denim skirt over distressed denim jeans, fashion gurus like Rachel Zoe went gaga. Zoe even went so far as to call it “bewildering in the best way.” Others, however, experienced bewilderment of a different sort. A supermodel and trendsetter like Hadid could arguably make anything look fresh and cool. But there are a few looks even a star as bright as Hadid may struggle to make shine. Below, we’ve outlined some of the world’s most unusual, weird and wacky denim ensembles.
1) Bikini Jeans
Leave it to Japan to come up with a pair of jeans that is at once utilitarian and innovative and a little crazy too. The Japanese Bikini Jeans are a hybrid of jeans and a thong, consisting of an attached bikini bottom which keeps the low-cut jeans hugging the hips. The jeans were sold via the Sanna’s Brazil Fashion website for $88. Surprisingly (or maybe not) they don’t appear to be in stock any longer.
2) Chuck Norris Action Jeans
Perhaps the one downside to a pair of brand new sturdy denim jeans is that they can a bit inhibitive to your range of motion. Well, fret no more. Chuck Norris’ Action Jeans “won’t bind your legs” and were, according to the advertisement, developed by Norris for stunt fighting in action movies. The advertisement for these two-legged wonders ran in a September, 1988 issue of Inside Karate magazine and displayed the price as only $19.95.
3) Pajama Jeans
The Pajama Jeans are taking comfort to a whole new level. These pants look like denim, but feel just like pajama pants. Per the commercial, these bottoms solve the all-too-real problem of having to change out of your cozy pajama pants in the morning just so you can appear socially acceptable as you go about your day. It’s a pretty genius concept, though they may make staying awake in class a little more difficult. The jeans are sold by the PajamaGram Company for about $40 a pair.
4) Spray-On Jeans
Inspired by the spray paint favored by graffiti artists the world over, the Krylon Jeans, a part of the Graffiti Collection by Genetic Denim, really do look as though they’ve been sprayed on. Krylon may be an inexpensive spray paint brand, but these jeans ran for about $185 to $200 at Barney’s while on the racks.
5) Peripheral Jeans
High-tech wearables like Apple Watches may be a hit, but the Peripheral Jean Pants take the geeky fashion trend to the next level. The gadget consists of a wearable wireless computer keyboard built into a pair of designer jeans, with a mouse and computer speakers that play sound through the knee of the pant. Named ‘The Beauty and the Geek Jeans’, this unusual invention was created by product design student Erik De Nijs from Holland for a school project. His goal was to create a tech item that was functional, yet also fashionable. Unfortunately, the pants aren’t for sale, but the idea may take off yet.
Akin to the Bikini Jean, Junderwear is, as its name suggests, a sort of hybrid between underwear and jeans. It isn’t an official brand product, however, and is more of a loose term to define jeans that are incredibly short and usually equally tight—similar to the shape and size of underwear, yet made of denim. There have been a lot of mixed reviews on junderwear since the term began circulating online a few years ago. Would you dare to wear this trend?
7) World’s Oldest Levi’s Jeans
Being the oldest major manufacturer of true blue denim jeans, Levi’s has an impressive archive filled with photos, artifacts, and clothing. One of the most significant items in the archive is the world’s oldest pair of Levi’s, “XX” one-pocket jeans from 1879. The pants are valued at $125,000. If you’re yearning to see this piece of fashion history up-close you may be out of luck as the archives aren’t open to the public. However, you can visit Levi’s headquarters in San Francisco and peek at their lobby display which includes some select items from the collection.
8) World’s Most Expensive Jeans
Damien Hirst’s Spin Jeans collection consists of just eight pairs of jeans in total, each retailing at about $27,000. The jeans are one-of-a-kind originals featuring Hirst’s multi-colored splatter painting covering every centimeter of a pair of Levi’s jeans. Hirst has been lauded for his work and is considered by some to be one of the most successful artists of all time. He’s also the highest-grossing contemporary living artist.
9) Mustang Skinline Jeans
The Mustang Skinline Jeans were a jeans line from the 1980s that originated in Scandinavia. Though they’re no longer in production, the jeans for one reason or another saw a major comeback around 2008, around the same time skinny jeans had just become the biggest thing in denim. Although the jeans are essentially high-waisted jeggings, there are some diehard fans dedicated to these in particular. One older gentleman Youtuber even took to his channel to proclaim he has about 50 pairs.
10) Guess Jeancare Moisturizing Jeans
These may look like regular jeans, but in reality they’re some of the strangest yet. Guess’ Jeancare line promises to solve your wintertime dry-skin problem with jeans containing a built-in moisturizer. The denim is infused with lavender-scented microcapsules of chamomile, gingko and vitamin E. As if that weren’t enough, the denim also contains microcapsules of sea kelp which may reduce cellulite. Basically, this line is a godsend for busy women who want to look their best without spending too much time getting ready each morning. The line extends beyond jeans and also includes high-rise leggings, a dress, a crop top and a pencil skirt. Of course, these things ain’t cheap. Prices start at about $59 for a top and $118 for the jeans.
Are these styles fashion faux paus or fabulously fashion-forward? We’ll leave that for you to decide!