1 Piece, 3 Ways: New Ways To Love Your Light-Washed Denim

Denim is a go-to no matter the season, but the hotter it gets the lighter the washes become. Still, that doesn't mean you should limit yourself to only white jeans for spring and summer. There are tons of chic outfits waiting for you in the super-light denim aisle and we've got three to take you from daytime to nighttime to playtime.
Indeed, just because the jeans are casual, that doesn't mean you can't look super glam while wearing them. Punch up your look with some printed pieces for a weekend getaway or keep it sleek with a darker ensemble for the after-party. We swear you're gonna be living in these guys all season, so it's best to start pinning a pair (and the outfits to match) to your mood board now. Whether you wash 'em or not…well, that's up to you.
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The New All White
We all know New Yorkers can't get enough all-black outfits, but in the summer we tend to trade those darker shades for some all white ensembles. Punch up that old routine by swapping in your white denim with your light-washed boyfriend pair. Not only does it breath new life into the look, but you won't have to worry (so much) about spills from your fruity summer cocktails!
Kenzo Small Bucket Bag with Removable Strap, $935, available at Opening Ceremony; Gap 1969 Distressed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $98, available at Gap; Topshop Premium Lace Embellished Top, $90, available at Topshop; Charming Charlie bracelet, $19.97, available at Charming Charlie; Aldo Herridge Heels, $90, available at Aldo.
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The Day Tripper
From your favorite outdoor cafe to Central Park and Montauk, there's no shortage of ways to feel like you're escaping the city (or really do so) when the heat finally hits (and stays!). Planning your weekend outfits around your light denim staple is a great way to get your bang for your buck. Play up the simplicity of the pant with bright colors and fun prints. In other words: the light wash let's you have a little fun, so really indulge.
Bamboula Ltd Market Bag, $95, available at Madewell; T. Babaton Patricia Blouse, $98, available at Aritzia; Blonde Ambition Tassel Ankle-Strap Sandal, $149, available at Urban Outfitters; Forever 21 Island Flower Studs, $1.50, available at Forever 21; Gap 1969 Distressed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $98, available at Gap.
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The Jean Queen
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Going out on a beautiful spring or summer night often means an outfit that lands your squarely in sea of miniskirts and booty shorts. Instead, play the still sexy sophisticate by pairing a flirty top with your trusted light-washed jeans. We promise with structural outfit additions, they definitely work for night, too. And with the more relaxed fit, we bet you won't miss those body-con bottoms at all!
Club Monaco Manhattan Tex Blazer, $259, available at Club Monaco; Chanel Lip Gloss, $29.50, available at Neiman Marcus; Dolce & Gabbana Peony-Print Matte-Satin Bodysuit, $1,095, available at Net-a-Porter; Isa Tapia Scalloped Sandal, $450, available at Kirna Zabete; Gap 1969 Distressed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, $98, available at Gap.
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