Summer style is my favorite form of escapism. Designed for soaking up rays and channeling Big Weekend Energy seven days a week, the bright vacation-ready clothes tend to exude optimism (a quality I don't mind covering myself in from head to toe, especially now). The best summer 2020 denim trends, from high-waisted straight leg to loose-fitting crops, truly follow suite — right across the style spectrum.
So whether your personal denim preference is retro-inspired classics (same), or totally modern denim pieces you've never seen before (also same), I've gathered up some playful denim picks bound to lift your spirits — and your style — all the way up.
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Operating out of a cool 1950s Nashville service station, Imogene + Willie is one of the most special denim spots I've come across — and these raw-hem pin-tuck detail jeans (front and back!) are the perfect example of the consideration that goes into each pair. Choose your regular size if you want some room, or size down for a fitted look. (Pro tip: The brand's in-house printed graphic tees are the ultimate denim complement, too.)
When that summer sun dips back down for the night, your look probably calls for an extra layer. Jean jackets are a classic choice, and once you stir in a snakeskin-inspired print with a modern crop fit? It's a new take on timeless you'll rely on all season long.
Jean leggings are the unsung hero of summer denim style. Think about it: They're lightweight, they've got built-in stretch for wearing comfortably all day long, and you can even get a pair with distressed details for your favorite worn-in look. Pair with a silky boudoir-inspired tank, or french tuck a loose sweater for cooler evenings.
If you want a little more length in your summer shorts, enter: the midi short. The same high-rise fit and bleached-out wash you love except with a bit more coverage than traditional cutoffs, this pair is ideal for band tees, slip-on sneakers, and an afternoon outside.