I Ran to Buy These $98 Gap Jeans After Seeing the Proenza Schouler Runway

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(Image credit: Proenza Schouler; @agolde; GAP)

Metallics have officially reached a fever pitch, with high-shine accessories selling at the speed of light these days. Well, let me introduce you to everyone's next obsession: metallic jeans. Both Proenza Schouler and Gabriela Hearst both showed styles during NYFW last month, and they immediately caught my attention for their oddly low-key feel, considering the statement pants were styled with wardrobe mainstays like blazers and ankle boots.

It didn't take long before the runway shows sent me into an internet rabbit hole in search of a similar pair I could shop for now—and not have to wait another six months for. As if reading my mind, Gap released a set of jeans in both silver and gold colorways. Even better, they ring up for under $100, making them a no-brainer buy for someone like me who's fixated on recreating these runway looks. But my research didn't stop there. I've since spent hours hunting down the best pairs to shop and I'm pleased to report that I've sourced 17 pairs for you here.

Ahead, see where we're spotting the silver jeans trend from the recent runways to Instagram, and then shop our faves.

On the Runways

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(Image credit: Proenza Schouler)

Proenza Schouler debuted a pair of shiny metallic trousers on their fall 2023 runway just last month during NYFW and I haven't quite been the same since. Metallics can easily feel intimidating and yet the down-to-earth styling with a tailored coat and ankle boots was surprisingly approachable and, dare I say, easy.

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Metallic pants popped up at Coach this season, too, where they were married to shiny shearling-lined jackets and accessorized with bright-pink accents.

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(Image credit: Isabel Marant)

The '80s glam that defines Isabel Marant was as present as ever this season. The brand showed a menswear look consisting of slouchy silver jeans and a metallic-thread sweater that I'm praying they produce in a womenswear-friendly size range, too.

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(Image credit: Gabriela Hearst)

Another designer on board is Gabriela Hearst. Her fall collection features a pair of metallic jeans that peek out from underneath a long dress coat. It proved that even just a sliver of shiny fabric is enough to make an impact.

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(Image credit: Isabel Marant)

Even though the fall collections were heavy on the metallics, the theme was already starting to percolate for spring 2023. Here, Isabel Marant's summer-friendly idea involves silver cargo trousers and a delicate strapless top.

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The runways presented a united front on how to wear the silver jeans trend, aka with classic pieces in neutral tones. Whether it's a blazer, coat, or simple top, styling them with our everyday wardrobe foundations is the way to go.

On the Fashion Set

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My colleague Sierra just wore silver jeans with a blue denim jacket, and now I'm officially inspired to do the same.

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(Image credit: @jessicaminkoff)

A fun graphic tee and layers of jewelry is an easy way to bring down the disco-looking jeans into the daytime.

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This trend is made for a night out. Wear the jeans with a black blazer, bodysuit, and embellished pumps to really let them have their moment.

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Of course, if you're feeling especially bold, a full-on metallic-coated Canadian tux is always an option.

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I wouldn't have thought to wear them with ballet flats and a woven bag, but something about this contrast just works.

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Amp up the disco energy with a leather jacket.

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After seeing Machine Gun Kelly's silver suit at the Grammys, I'm suddenly noticing similar outfits everywhere.

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Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.