How To Style Summer’s Hottest Denim Trends

Summer’s most coveted jeans are anything but ordinary—there’s the uneven step hem, the fringed trim, the unrolled raw edge, the cropped flare and the split-front skinny. While rocking any one of these chic styles proves you’re hip to the latest and greatest, the tricky silhouettes can present a challenge when it comes to styling. The key is getting the shoes right … and the top … and the bag. Here, your guide to sporting über-cool denim like a street-style star.

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How To Style Summer's Hottest Denim Trends

Denim Trend: Uneven Step Hem

An uneven frayed hem is best when coupled with shoes that leave your ankles exposed, like flat slides. Tuck in a gauzy T-shirt and grab a bohemian saddlebag and you've got your go-to summer look locked down.

Denim Trend: Fringed Trim

When it comes to complementing the ubiquitous fringed trim, a heeled mule is the most flattering choice. Avoid anything with an ankle strap that will compete with this festive design element. Style with a pretty floral blouse and bucket bag to make this look work for casual Fridays.

Denim Trend: Unrolled Raw Edge

Dress up distressed jeans with a pair of retro heels in a punchy color—the unrolled edges lengthen legs, so tall stilettos or stacked heels will further amplify. Finish with a feminine blush-hued tank and polished white shoulder bag.

Denim Trend: Cropped Flares

For a relaxed date-night ensemble, wear cropped flares with sexy ankle-tie sandals, a vintage band T-shirt and a pop-of-color clutch.

Denim Trend: Split-Front Skinny

If you're committed to skinny jeans, try a pair with a split-front detail—they look extra chic with flats. Pair with a long striped tunic, raffia tote and espadrille loafers—Hamptons uniform, check!