These days, denim isn’t just about jeans. The fabric works from head-to-toe and can be mixed and matched to include double (and even triple) denim ensembles. Whether you want to layer it on or choose one signature piece to nail the casual vibe of warmer weather, here’s a guide to our favorite denim pieces.
A closet mainstay that’s almost as indispensible as jeans themselves, a denim jacket is the ultimate summer topper. Try an oversized style for an instant cool factor and pair with a sharp dress or skirt.
Mango Medium Denim Jacket, $45
A cousin to cutoff shorts, the denim mini can be dressed up or down with a simple change of shoe. Opt for a dark version without any rips or frays, and try pairing it with a billowy top to balance out the proportions.
Topshop MOTO Utility Pocket Skirt, $52
Summer’s hero piece, the sundress, looks just as good in denim as it does in cotton or silk. From dinner with friends to daytime strolls — and even to the office — a denim dress is a sophisticated way to wear this casual fabric.
H&M Lyocell Shirt Dress, $40
Constructed for a slightly softer feel than traditional denim styles, a chambray shirt is a versatile off-duty piece. We like pairing it with a darker denim bottom for a cool-girl take on the "Canadian tuxedo."
Old Navy Women’s Chambray Shirt, $25
A tank or tee can be an unexpected way to way to wear a more structured version of the fabric. For a totally modern take, try a boxy shirt with a frayed hem or collar.
Zara Frayed denim cropped top, $40
This season’s button-front midi skirts have an undeniable '70s feel, transporting us back to another era when denim ruled the style scene. Wear with wedges or clogs for the full effect.
ASOS Denim button through Western midi skirt, $58
While this is probably the least likely way to see denim, it feels very fresh and original. Look for an espadrille or sneaker and pair it with everything from shorts to dresses.
Manebi Mykonos denim espadrilles, $69
A one-piece wonder in fashion’s most neutral fabric is about as versatile as it gets. Whether you choose a romper or a pair of overalls (like the options Lilliana Vazquez models here), this style will earn you sartorial marks all summer long.
AEO Denim shortall, $40