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.
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
Keiran Slub Linen T-Shirt
Isabel Marant Etoile
The Insider Crop Step Jeans
Printed Linen Blouse
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.
Silk-Blend Chiffon Blouse
Multicolored Straps Sandals
Natalia High-Rise Skinny Jean
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
Mia Suedette Heeled Sandals
KG Kurt Geiger
Moto Raw Hem Crop Kick Flares
Bee Gees Disco Ball T-Shirt
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
Montauk Raffia Tote
Mar Y Sol
Vintage Split Ankle Mid Rise Skinny Jeans