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Wearing denim in summer

Woman in denim vest over multi-colored sheath dress

The flattering style and neutral color of denim jeans makes this material a wardrobe staple year-round, but wearing denim in summer can be tricky. Jeans work with virtually any top, shoe and color. However, the heavier material can be uncomfortable for your legs in the summer heat. So, many ladies choose to pack away these timeless pants when storing winter clothes. Unfortunately, this deprives you of many simple yet fashion-forward ensemble opportunities. Don’t ditch the jeans in fear of the warmer months. Learn how to seamlessly incorporate denim into your summer wardrobe.

The fit of denim jeans

Since jean material tends to be thicker than other bottoms such as lightweight cotton pants, it’s important to give yourself a little breathing room when finding the right fit. Find a size that provides a loose fit for your body without being too baggy, or else the extra material may weigh you down uncomfortably in the heat. Not only will the looser fit keep you cooler, but it will be more flattering than pants that are too tight. The women’s magazine All You suggests plus-size women go with boot cut and mid-rise pants. The balance of flare and fit on the hemline will be symmetrical with your curves and allows for more airflow on your legs than a skinny jean. Additionally, the mid-rise pant will help hold your tummy in for a more flattering middle.

skinny mid-rise jeans

Adjust your denim jeans accordingly

Get the neutral denim hue without the extra pant length by investing in a pair of jean shorts. The material will coordinate with any color or style just as well as your denim pants would. However, the shorter length will keep you cooler during those hot summer months, making your outfit both seasonally appropriate and fashion forward.

The denim style and the fit are equally important, so make sure you get a pair that flatters your body. For curvier legs, try to find a pair of shorts that hits right above the knee, where your thigh starts to narrow. The hemline will highlight the smallest part of your upper leg. If shorts aren’t your style, you can get a little more coverage by turning your jeans into capris – just roll up the bottoms!

Denim Shorts

Denim jacket

Instead of making denim the focal point of your outfit, turn it into a clothing accessory with a jean jacket for that fabulous country chic look. Toss a vest over a short-sleeve top to make a fun fashion statement, or wear a long-sleeve jean jacket to keep warm after the sun sets.

Incorporate jeans into your summer wardrobe to be stylish all year-round.

denim vest with a tank top

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Published on Jul 21 2015

Last Updated on Jul 21 2016

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