Proof You Can Wear Denim All Summer Long

So many people feel like they need to pack up their denim along with their leather and corduroy once summer temperatures start heating up. (Because really, there's nothing worse than thinking you'll be totally fine in jeans, only to spend the day wishing you had just worn, well, less).

But brands and designers are getting clever with our beloved blue fabric, transforming denim into on-trend, warm-weather staples that are still totally wearable. So, before you panic at the thought of kissing your jeans goodbye in favor of cotton dresses and short-shorts galore, consider scoring some of the unexpected items ahead. Oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, a denim bikini exists, and yes, we're all about it.

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How to stand out when you're lounging poolside? A flattering denim two-piece, naturally.

Lisa Marie Fernandez Genevieve Denim Bikini, $385, available at MatchesFashion.
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Bump this boxy jumper dress into your summer rotation by losing the turtleneck you typically layered underneath for spring temps.
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Kind of like those Dr. Scholl's your mom used to wear, but way cooler.

Saint Laurent Studded Denim Sandals, $795, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Chop the sleeves off your denim jacket for a button-up top that's just as versatile.

Gap 1969 Denim Short Sleeve Jacket, $59.95, available at Gap.
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Find a go-to mini for looking put-together on those super-hot days.

Victoria Beckham Denim Polka-dot Denim Skirt, $348 $174, available at MyTheresa.
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When the matching set gets a denim makeover.

Topshop Moto Denim Stripe Crop Top, $45, available at Topshop; Topshop Moto Denim Stripe A-line Skirt, $55, available at Topshop.
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Crop it like it's hot (because it is).

StyleNanda Fringe Hem Denim Cami Top, $21.16, available at StyleNanda.
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It is possible to find overalls that don't make you look like a kindergartener.

Tibi Denim Cargo Jumper, $350, available at Tibi.
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You know that one bag you carry every day? Give it an upgrade with a light-colored denim fabric.

Opening Ceremony Logo Denim Tote Bag, $45, available at Opening Ceremony.
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For those obsessed with one-pieces (really, who isn't?), switch out your solid color for a patchwork pick.

Norma Kamali Denim-effect Swimsuit, $200, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Summery sneakers? Yes, please.

Joshua Sanders Bow Knot Detail Slip On Denim Sneakers, $425, available at Intermix.
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A denim mini dress + platform sandals = the easiest summer outfit possible.

Mango Denim Shirt Dress, $59.99 $29.99, available at Mango.
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Never underestimate the power of a good pair of jorts.

Zara High Rise Denim Shorts, $29.90, available at Zara.
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Amp up the volume with some breathable statement sleeves.

Rachel Comey Cropped Ravine Top, $299, available at Rachel Comey.
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For those in a vacation state of mind.

Stella McCartney Linda Stretch-denim Dress, $775, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Is there any better outfit than a one-piece that actually looks like two?

Pixie Market Denim Matching Shorts Set, $82, available at Pixie Market.

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