Summer Blues

Why limit your denim to one pair of jeans? This summer, everyone's favorite fabric is turning up in a slew of must-have seasonal styles from shirts and shorts to jackets and jumpers. Suffce to say, all are—er— genius!

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The Right to Bare Arms

This sleeveless top can be paired with everything from skirts and dresses to pants and shorts. What's more, it doubles as a jacket and makes a great bathing suit cover up, too!

 

Motel Pocket Print Sleeveless Denim Maddison Shirt, $70; Asos.com

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Open Wide

A looser, trouser cut and soft, lightweight denim makes these sophisticated jeans ideal for sweltering summers.

 

Madewell Widelegger Jeans, $125; Madewell.com

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A Short Story

These convertible jean shorts can be worn rolled up or down, depending on your mood and style goals.

 

Ann Taylor Loft Weekend Blue Wash Denim Shorts, $49.50; Anntaylorloft.com

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Cute Capris

Comfortable and flattering, these pull-on pants can be dressed up with a shirt or cardigan or down with a tank or tee.

 

Old Navy Women’s Chambray Cuffed Capris, $29.50; Oldnavy.com

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You Gotta Work

Upgraded in denim, this long-sleeve workwear-inspired shirt is classically chic.

 

Banana Republic Denim Shirt, $69.50; Bananarepublic.com

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Keep on Truckin’

The company’s famous Trucker Jacket has been slimmed down and cropped for a sexier silhouette that’s perfect over summer skirts and dresses.

 

Levi’s 70’s Trucker Jacket, $79.50; Levi.com

Photo courtesy of Levi's

White Out

A good pair of white jeans is a summer staple. These are soft, stretchy, skinny and super flattering.

 

J. Crew Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim, $98; Jcrew.com

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Here Comes the Sun

A scoopneck, shirring, side pockets and a tie-waist self-belt are just a few of the fab features of this versatile sundress that goes from day to night and beach to bistro with ease.

 

Lands' End Canvas Women’s Chambray Tie Waist Henley Dress, $69.50; Landsend.com

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Short & Sweet

Wear this kicky, 5-pocket, denim mini as you would a favorite pair of jeans: with everything from tanks to sexy tops.

 

Ann Taylor Denim Mini Skirt, $58; Anntaylor.com

Photo courtesy of Ann Taylor

Long & Lean

A maxi-length and apron-cut top gives this long dress a laid-back cool quotient.

 

Gap Denim Bib-Front Dress, $79.50; Gap.com

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First Published May 23, 2011

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