Lighten Up! 10 Denim Outfits That Won't Leave You Blue

Our love affair with denim runs deep. Distressed, dark-rinse, printed — you name it, we've worn it...many times over. It's the unsung hero of our off-duty wardrobe (and, occasionally, our 9-to-5 attire, too). Come warmer weather, though, we'd be lying if we said we didn't play favorites with our soft washes and chambrays.
If you're wary of ditching dark denim this spring, you needn't worry. We've got 10 perfect outfits — courtesy of Miley Cyrus, Solange Knowles, Jamie King, and more — that'll have you whipping out faded, lightweight styles in spades. Click through to see how these ladies don their baby blues, and shop similar pieces. Allow us to take your jean game over to the dark light side.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
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Photo: David Tonnessen/Pacific Coast News.
Solange's light-wash jeans look so chic paired with her cropped jacket — proving, once again, that the Knowles sisters can do no wrong, sartorially or otherwise.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
Notice how Shine By Three's Margaret Zhang doesn't look the least bit distressed about her super-distressed jeans. We're totally digging them, too.
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Photo: Pacific Coast News.
Diane Kruger's chambray oxford looks just as cute tied around her waist as it would buttoned-up.
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Transition from winter to spring like a pro by lightening up your all-black ensemble with a faded jean jacket.

To shop similar styles:
Xhilaration Textured Shift Dress, $9.98, available at Target; Mossimo Juniors Button Down Denim Jacket, $24.99, available at Target; Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Crossbody Strap, $34.99, available at Target.
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Trade in your blue jean jacket for bleach-white denim. Let the sun bounce off the crisp whiteness to refresh your classic look.

Mossimo Juniors Button Down Denim Jacket, $24.99, available at Target.
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Photo: Pacific Coast News.
Naomi Watts in a chambray jumpsuit — while riding a bike! — is the most adorable thing we've seen all day.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
The thing we love about chambray: You're not limited to only pants and shirts. Drawstring jumpsuits, flowy skirts, and painter's-smock-style jackets are also fair game.
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The Canadian tuxedo looks pretty awesome on Miley Cyrus, no? Sometimes a classic pair of jeans and a light-wash button-down are all you need to impress.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
The chambray shirt is more versatile than you think: Swap jeans for wide-legged pants, and create a tie-front with your blouse for a brand-new outfit.
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Chambray and lace prove a perfect pairing in Jamie King's House of Holland getup.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
Instantly dress up your denim with ruffles, pleats, lace, and romantic embellishments.