How To Style Summer’s Hottest Denim Trends

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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.

Ramatuelle Saddle Bag

$795

NAJ

Keiran Slub Linen T-Shirt

$175

Isabel Marant Etoile

Suede Mules

$395

Mansur Gavriel

The Insider Crop Step Jeans

$285

Mother

Printed Linen Blouse

$50

Zara

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.

Twist Mini-Crossbody

$940

Valextra

Silk-Blend Chiffon Blouse

$20

H&M

Multicolored Straps Sandals

$50

Zara

Natalia High-Rise Skinny Jean

$248

GRLFRND

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.

Tassel Pouch Nappa Leather Clutch

$175

Loeffler Randall

Mia Suedette Heeled Sandals

$168

KG Kurt Geiger

Moto Raw Hem Crop Kick Flares

$74

Topshop

Bee Gees Disco Ball T-Shirt

$20

MVT

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!

Striped Long Tunic

$100

Vince Camuto

Tiger Espadrilles

$261

Kenzo

Montauk Raffia Tote

$137

Mar Y Sol

Vintage Split Ankle Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

$240

AMO