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.
The Denim Skirt Don't fear the midi length when it's in flowy, lightweight denim.
Denim Midi Skirt,
The Denim Skirt Karen Walker's version features '70s-tastic dark denim with gold top-stitching.
The Denim CulotteThe culotte feels crisp and nautical in white denim.
Rayner Wide-Leg Jean,
The Denim Culotte Rachel Comey's raw hem adds a little edge to the look.
The Denim Culotte A hem in different shades of blue is how fashion girls are doing ombré these days.
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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.
Floral-Print Denim Kimono Jacket,
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.
Floral Print Chambray Kimono,
The Kimono The boxy shape looks directional, but is literally the easiest thing to wear.
Frayed Graham Jacket,
The Jumpsuit If the phrase "denim jumpsuit" sounds suffocating, don't worry — this one comes with built-in ventilation.
Frilled Denim Jumpsuit,
The Jumpsuit In light, flowy chambray, it's a cinch to wear.
Texas Denim Jumpsuit,
The Jumpsuit Channel your inner Alexa Chung in this See By Chloé playsuit with a pair of lace-up espadrilles.
See By Chloé
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.
W25 Crop Baby Boot,
The Baby Bell With a clompy ankle boot and a peek of leg, it's awkward in a good way.
Super High-Rise Ankle Kick Jean,
The Baby Bell Worn with an off-the-shoulder top, it's a cooler, less costumey way to do boho.
Drew Crop Flare,