How to Wear Denim in the Summer Heat

Listen: when it’s pushing 100 degrees outside and you’re wearing jeans like it’s an overcast autumn day, we have a problem. You’re sweaty and uncomfortable, admit it! When you just can’t bear to part with denim for three months (or six, we are in Texas), we can help. Follow our tips for staying cool while rocking blue jeans, no matter how hot it gets.

Light Wash

Jeans are an outfit staple, I get it. But choose a light-washed denim instead, as the dark jeans absorb more sun and keep you warm. Trust: a sky-blue denim will make a huge difference when you’re outside. The Frame Heritage Original High-Rise Straight Jeans ($275 from Neiman Marcus) are a great choice. These bleached jeans are “cloud”-colored to keep you cool. They also feature a cropped hem, right above your ankles, for extra breathing room. Wear these laidback jeans with a white or light-colored blouse.

Short Hemlines

There’s a reason cut-off jeans are so popular – people literally used to get so hot they would cut off their jeans and make them into shorts! When Daisy Dukes aren’t exactly appropriate, opt for this Vero Moda Cary Chambray Organic Romper ($55 from Nordstrom) instead. This one-piece button-down is a light blue denim with a ruched waistline that adds curve to your figure and several pockets, perfect for storing lip gloss, your phone and other necessities during busy days.

Or, wear a skirt instead. Zara’s Ripped Denim Skirt ($35.90) is a black denim with a hemline that hits mid-thigh. Keep it casual with a T-shirt and sneakers, beachy with a one-piece swimsuit underneath and sandals, or more formal with a pretty top and heels. It’ll look good no matter what you choose!

Denim Tops

Who says denim has to be pants? Wear the trend as a shirt instead, like this Long Denim Shirt ($74.99 from Chico’s). This is a pretty, medium-wash denim shirt, that buttons down the middle. The sleeves cuff to just under the elbows to keep you cool, and the shirt itself is extra long, so it will work over leggings or easily tucked into white shorts. Summer heat has nothing on you with this blouse!

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