Summer Denim Trends That Won't Make You Sweat Your Face Off

Despite their rep as a year-round staple, there are a few weeks per year where we'd sooner lick a subway pole than wear a leg full of denim. Luckily, there's no good reason to abandon your favorite fabric — not when the coolest denim trends right now are as, well, as cool as these.

From crisp, white culottes, to open-front kimono jackets, we found 15 on-trend styles guaranteed not to make you sweat your face off. Accessorize them with your favorite sunglasses and a Mr. Softee.

The Denim Skirt
We love the button-front skirt in white — because at this point, literally everyone else owns it in blue.
H&M Denim Skirt, $49.99 Buy
The Denim Skirt
Don't fear the midi length when it's in flowy, lightweight denim.
ASOS Denim Midi Skirt, $69.00 Buy
The Denim Skirt
Karen Walker's version features '70s-tastic dark denim with gold top-stitching.
Karen Walker Horticulture Skirt, $95.08 Buy
The Denim Culotte
The culotte feels crisp and nautical in white denim.
J.Crew Rayner Wide-Leg Jean, $138.00 Buy
The Denim Culotte
Rachel Comey's raw hem adds a little edge to the look.
Rachel Comey Legion Jeans, $345.00 Buy
The Denim Culotte
A hem in different shades of blue is how fashion girls are doing ombré these days.
7 For All Mankind Dani Coulotte, $198.00 Buy
The Kimono
Your standard denim jacket is a pit stain waiting to happen. But loosen the fit and lose the buttons and you have the perfect summer layering piece.
MiH Floral-Print Denim Kimono Jacket, $525.00 Buy
The Kimono
With a print evoking traditional resist-dye techniques, Forever 21's jacket is the upgrade your white jeans and tee have been looking for.
Forever 21 Floral Print Chambray Kimono, $29.90 Buy
The Kimono
The boxy shape looks directional, but is literally the easiest thing to wear.
Simon Miller Frayed Graham Jacket, $275.00 Buy
The Jumpsuit
If the phrase "denim jumpsuit" sounds suffocating, don't worry — this one comes with built-in ventilation.
Self-Portrait Frilled Denim Jumpsuit, $358.96 Buy
The Jumpsuit
In light, flowy chambray, it's a cinch to wear.
A.P.C. Texas Denim Jumpsuit, $308.12 Buy
The Jumpsuit
Channel your inner Alexa Chung in this See By Chloé playsuit with a pair of lace-up espadrilles.
See By Chloé Denim Jumpsuit, $315.00 Buy
The Baby Bell
The fashion world won't stop talking about the flare, but we dig the tomboy allure of a baby bell bottom instead — look for just the teeniest kick at the hem.
3x1 W25 Crop Baby Boot, $245.00 Buy
The Baby Bell
With a clompy ankle boot and a peek of leg, it's awkward in a good way.
BDG Super High-Rise Ankle Kick Jean, $69.00 Buy
The Baby Bell
Worn with an off-the-shoulder top, it's a cooler, less costumey way to do boho.
Aritzia Drew Crop Flare, $74.99 Buy