How to Wear Denim in the Summer

June 19, 2015

I’ve already confessed that I have been on a major denim kick lately. It started with my denim dress. Then it was my frayed denim tank. Now here we are again. What can I say? I saw this embroidered denim tank top from Madewell on Sincerely Jules’s Instagram and tracked it down. Luckily I was able to try it on and score it on sale while in NYC (still on sale, btw). I just love the strap detail. I bought these boyfriend shorts at Gap last year (seen here) and have gotten a ton of wear out of them. They have a similar pair again this year in light denim, black (which I bought here), and white. These boyfriend shorts are a great option if you are looking for a pair. With all the denim I’ve been wearing, I thought it would be easy to round up my thoughts on how to wear denim in the summer. We all love our jeans, but when the temperatures climb, that doesn’t mean we have to give up our denim.

How to Wear Denim in the Summer

  1. Opt for lighter weight denim or lighter colored denim jeans for those cooler evenings – white jeans or a fun striped pair are great options
  2. Go for a chambray dress or romper.
  3. Change your denim from your bottom half to your top with a tank or chambray shirt.
  4. Consider a jean skirt instead of jeans.

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  • Reply Connie June 21, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I am loving all the denim! It’s so chic.

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  • Reply Threads for Thomas June 20, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Love your tank! I’m a huge fan of wearing denim all year long. And that bag is so cute!

  • Reply Carly June 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Such a gorgeous denim on denim look! I am definitely a fan of mixing lighter and dark denims for a full denim look and you did it perfectly
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  • Reply BamBam June 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Love this summer outfit hun! I really need to buy new pair of shorts, great post babe

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  • Reply Jackie June 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    This is a fabulous post and I agree 100% with all of your tips!

    I love the denim on denim look when it’s a dark top with light shorts.

    Super cute.

    Have a great weekend!


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  • Reply Angelina June 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Such a great post, love all your tips! I definitely like wearing a lot of denim, so this was great to help transition over to warmer weather.

    Angelina Is

  • Reply Christie Geiger June 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Great tips, Amy Ann!!! You look amazing, as usual. I love that top! It has such a cute silhouette and the detailing is beautiful.

    Thank you for linking up with Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!

    The Closet by Christie

  • Reply Fashion cupcake June 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What a cute top, love how you styled it!


  • Reply 365hangers June 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Love this look way too much, we’re also major fans of wrapping light chambray butt ups around our waist as a light jacket on the go. We fell in love with that top on sincerelyjules too!

    xx 365Hangers

  • Reply Katey Haines June 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I too saw this top on instagram and fell in love. You look too cute in it!!! I am addicted to denim as well. Sometimes I think I wear my distressed denim shorts too much! 🙂


    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold June 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      You totally need to get it! I am seriously obsessed. Living in denim this summer. 🙂

  • Reply Megan June 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I love denim everything in the summer, except jeans! Too hot. I love that top though!

  • Reply melaniekay June 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I love those shorts!
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  • Reply Smittensophie June 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I love that denim top, it’s too cute! Love the way you styled it.


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  • Reply Jill June 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    That denim top is adorable! I love how you styled this look!

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  • Reply Alyssa Renee June 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Cute top! Love your bracelet! =)

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  • Reply Annessa June 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I love seeing denim worn in ways other ways than predictable cutoffs. A chambray romper sounds amazing, and I’d love a denim skirt. Also, every time I see you in these shoes I want them so badly! They are on my wishlist for sure.

  • Reply officialmahryska June 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    your top is so pretty 🙂 love it 🙂

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  • Reply Hi Tea Style June 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Such a cute outfit! Love that top!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth June 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love how you styled this whole look!

  • Reply Courtney Munafo June 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Cute summery look! I just bought a pair of light denim shorts at Target and I’m excited to get some use out of them! I’m also loving the chambray rompers that are in right now!


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