When it comes to “living the dream” scenarios, spending the day locked up in an art studio instead of crammed into a cubicle probably ranks pretty high for most people. And this winter, designers are here for your 9-to-5 fantasies, offering a host of paint-splattered jeans, jackets and even boots that make you look like a living legend midway through a masterpiece. Even if you only wear these artful clothes when you’re running errands, holding court at your local diner, or viewing other people’s art, we still believe in their power to make you not only look but feel like somebody who has something to say. Because if your power suit can make you feel powerful, and your athletic gear can make you feel athletic, why can’t your paint-splatter can make you feel…well, painterly?
Looking like a cowboy who also paints isn’t the worst way to present yourself to the world.
Maison Margiela paint-splatter suede boots
If you wear these as much as Kanye West does, they’ll be worth every penny.
Helmut Lang 1998 re-edition painter jean
The lightest spray of paint on the shoulder of this hoodie makes it look less pristine, more vintage.
John Elliott paint splatter hoodie (was $460, 35% off)
Even if you use the pockets for electronics instead of brushes, this coat will still look cool.
Calvin Klein chore denim jacket
Here’s a good excuse to buy yet another pair of Saint Laurent’s perfect black skinny jeans.
Saint Laurent splatter-print skinny-fit jeans (was $750, 40% off)
This elegant spin on the paint-splatter trend will take your casual Friday game to the next level.
Eidos paint splatter cardigan (was $650, 30% off)
DSquared2 has been known to go bigger with paint splatters but we’re partial to this understated effect.
DSquared2 logo appliquéd T-shirt
If you want some had-em-for-years jeans without the time commitment or financial investment, Zara’s got you.
Zara paint splatter jeans (was $80, 50% off)
This distressed shirt is still nice enough to wear to a gallery opening.
Amiri paint-splatter denim shirt (was $750, 20% off)
Elvis Presley with a dash of Jackson Pollock.
The Rail paint splatter sweatshirt (was $60, 50% off)
Wear a jacket that looks like it’s been to hell and back without, you know, actually having to go to hell and back.
Off-White paint splatter oversize jacket
The perfect house-painting T-shirt, with a good base coat to get you started.
AG “Julian” paint splatter T-shirt
Distressed, paint-splattered, patched, ripped jeans are either terrible or excellent. We happen to think these fall into the latter group.
Faith Connection paint splatter jeans