Denim Week

14 Unexpected Ways to Wear Denim This Spring

Surprise! Not one of them is jeans.

By: Laurel Pantin

Perhaps the one biggest bummer about summertime is that your favorite pair of jeans, which you’ve likely lived in for the last, oh, eight months straight, aren’t comfortable anymore. Suddenly they’re too hot, too tight, and just completely wrong. Maybe you’re happy to fling them aside for the season, but if denim is a core part of your wardrobe (as it is for me), you might feel less like yourself than usual for your glaring lack of jean-clad-legs (and also your glaringly pale skin covering said legs, but that’s an issue for another time).

So, while you can obviously wear denim skirts, dresses, or jackets, denim accessories shouldn’t go unnoticed or unworn either. Denim skirts and dresses can feel precious, and jean jackets too literally 90s; a hint of the indigo stuff on a cross-body bag or minimalist pair of sandals might just be the touch you need to stay grounded while your favorite pair of cropped flares are hibernating.


Zara Mid-Heel Denim Shoes With Pineapple Detail, $60

The block heel on these makes them look polished, but the crystal pineapple detail is still really fun. I’d wear these to the office with a pair of cropped flared trousers and a knit tank.

Ancient Greek Sandals Thais Leather And Denim Sandals, $165

This is my holy-grail sandal. I own them in black and red and will probably add denim to my roster this summer. These would be so cute with floaty printed midi-dresses.

Topshop Denim City Embroidered Cross Bag, $64

If you like your denim with a little pizzazz….

Stella McCartney Falabella Denim Mini Cross-Body Bag, $697

I love the embroidery on this bag and would wear it with a trench dress or slim chinos to keep it from going too boho.

Gianvito Rossi Portofino Frayed Denim Sandals, $695

These sandals were practically made for floaty white eyelet dresses.

Saint Laurent Court Classic Star-Applique Denim Trainers, $595

Wear these with shorts, dresses, jumpsuits, just a one-piece while you wander the boardwalk looking for snacks at the beach…. literally anything.

Calvin Klein Denim Hat, $34

Remember that thing about literal ’90s influence? I take it back. I’m into it.

Stella McCartney Linda Wedge Sandals, $348

These would be excellent with a pair of high-waist, wide-leg linen trousers and a little crop top.

Denim Cressida Backpack, $72

Pack your crochet blanket, polaroid camera, and water bottle full of rosé in this darling backpack for the perfect city (walking!) adventure.

Tibi Papa Leather And Denim Tote, $1,250

If your take on denim is more office-appropriate than casual, this is the piece for you.

Joshua Sanders Bow-Detail Denim Platform Slides, $202

So puffy! Wanna squeezy!! These floppy bow sandals are the perfect update to the traditional pool slide and would be adorable with a bikini and little retro roller-girl shorts.

Maison Michel Fredo Denim Hat, $505

Again with the ’90s thing. I love that this hat also protects your face from the sun.

Nancy Fringe Mules, $85

If those Ancient Greek Sandals slides had a big, fancy sister, they’d be these.

Brother Vellies Denim Slippers, $230

Aaaand if that bucket hat had a cousin that’s a floppy slipper, it would be these! I’d wear these with a solid-color sleeveless midi dress, a low bun, and dangly earrings.

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