It is believed that the paisley droplet motif, known as the buta, is a symbol of eternity. So it only feels right that after being proclaimed dead, following seemingly endless seasons of Coachella where it was worn in tight-flare-pants form, it would rise again. Like a Phoenix wearing Free People.
While out shopping for vintage in Brooklyn the other week, Bella Hadid wore a pair of Etro paisley denim . Twitter said she looked like a randomly generated Sims character and they weren’t wrong. Paisley pants aren’t the type of thing you see very much of these days, especially worn unironically. But if Bella Hadid looks like a Sims character, then I want to look like a Sims character.
The paisley Etro pants in question are apparently owned by every celebrity. Elsa Hosk and Irina Shayk have the exact same pair in a slightly different color. And as for paisley propaganda in general, Alicia Vikander was just spotted wearing the pattern while vacationing in Ibiza in July. Emily Ratajowski wore a ‘90s-esque Realisation Par paisley slip while out in New York last month. Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian were early adopters of the second paisley wave and wore it while eating pasta in Italy last year.
Evidently, paisley is on the rise. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve given it a year-long break from festival fashion and now the pattern can break out again on its own, no strings attached to its past iterations. Or maybe it’s exactly that: that the paisley pattern serves as a reminder of the early 2000s and simpler times when we stood in crowds filled with people, flower crowns and all.
Whatever it is, the pattern is slowly seeping into the zeitgeist. As we gradually start parting ways with our short shorts as summer comes to a close, paisley jeans and trousers seem like the most unexpected way to start accepting pants back into our lives. They’re way more interesting than denim and apparently also a surefire way to get someone to compare you to a Sim, which in 2020 is definitely way better than being a human.
Shop the controversial Paisley pants trend below and be prepared for the pattern’s inevitable comeback.