How to wear jeans for summer

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 39 Comments

My winter jeans wardrobe is extensive. And by extensive I mean full to overflowing. Yes, I have my favourites, many of which have been featured in outfits here on the blog.

But what about now? As the temperature heats up around the country and in some parts has hit sweltering proportions. Can we still wear jeans for summer?

It’s a question that I’ve had two readers ask me in a matter of days so I’m taking a little punt that it’s a sign that many of you may have the same question as well.

In short, I say yes. Especially this particular summer.

Why this summer?

Because there are a few key denim trends made for warmer months and they’re currently working their way into stores and potentially into our wardrobes.

1. Light-wash denim is everywhere. It just seems more summer friendly, doesn’t it? Visually it looks like summer and it won’t absorb as much heat as wearing a darker denim.

2. The boyfriend style is in full flight. I dipped my legs into this trend in this post. Will I dip again? Most probably yes I will.

3. Jeans are earning their street cred with everything from a little distressing through to big gaping holes that show more leg than what they cover. Some of these jeans are best left to sweet, young, (hopefully faux) tanned thingsI’m a little envious of their access to the cross-ventilation effect of said holes but I’ll stick to covering my legs with just a minor distress on the side.

4.  Chambray pants are a lightweight denim alternative. If you live in a climate similar to me, these will be your summer friends. They’re not technically jeans but by virtue of their colour I’m putting these pants in the jean category. The softer the chambray or cotton the better.

5.  Capri pants allow you to embrace the trend without the holes and heat-restricting qualities of full-length jeans. You know my thoughts on the wide-legged 3/4 pant but when a capri pant tapers at the ankle, I’m all over that style for its lower leg flattering qualities – in a flash.

Shopping inspiration

Jeans for summer1.  Sportscraft crop denim jeans $99.95 | 2. Sussan chambray pant $89.95 (sold out online but check in store) | 3. Country Road chambray pant $99.95 (back in stock by popular demand) | 4. Jeanswest relaxed capri $79.99 | 5. sass & bide jeans $320 @ The Iconic

Style inspiration

Jeans for summer outfit | Styling You | How to wear jeans in summer

1. Country Road chambray pant $99.95 | 2. Witchery top $49.95 | 3. Blue Bungalow scarf $29 | 4. Walnut Melbourne sandals $50 @ Style Tread | 5. Tiger Tree bracelet $29.95 @ Birdsnest

Is this a trend you’re already working? Where did you get your jeans? Keen to try it?

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Comments 39

  1. Confession? When I saw you wearing those lightweight jeans at the photo shoot, I went on a hunt for those and actually found a similar one in Seed and I was amazed at how soft they were! There’s another one by I think Bardot? Not bad too. But Mr. C reckons they look like pj pants…but then he thought my printed pants looked like pjs too. So I think I won’t be listening to him when it comes to fashion advice 😉

  2. I used to rock the ripped faded denim jeans back in the late 80s, but sadly they’re not for me just now. I tried a pair of light summerweight jeans on in Seed a month or so ago and they made me look *enormous* Tried the same ones on in a darker denim and shazam! Stunning. Sigh.

      1. I might give the CR ones a try. I really love the light look and the outfit you’ve pulled together is gorgeous. All of the pieces are covetable AND versatile. I’m going to a 3 week devt program in November (in Canberra) and am looking for clothes that are smart casual. I have some clothes that fit that but probably only enough for 3 or 4 days, so I’m trawling back through your posts for ideas!

  3. Thanks for a bit of inspiration Nikki, my search for summer denim started a couple of weeks ago. In need of a bit of a value , due to a dwindling bank balance, the best I have found, so far, are the Boyfriend Jeans from Suzanne Grae, not only am I size 14 in these (yeah I know it’s just a number, but still makes me feel little better) but they are a bargain at $49.95, beautiful lightweight denim, in a vintage blue colour. Also came across some Boyfriend jeans from Target online in Vintage blue and a light cornflower , again the denim is lightweight, but the size 16 didn’t fit me, so I need a size 18! at $39.99 another great buy. I’m fascinated by the Chambray pants, my next trip is in honour of these! Don’t start me on the sizing differences, I have a philosophy, as long as they fit and I look fabulous I can always cut the size tag off!!!

  4. Loving your posts lately, Nikki. I left a message on Facebook earlier today. Country Road has really outdone themselves this season. And everything is fitting really well. Looking forward to Resort Week. X

  5. i would say, get yourselves into target and check out their range of jeans, boyfriend, skinny, ripped all fab and at great prices too, also ive seen linen tshirts in there, they’re gorgeous!!! Actually they have lots of great stuff this season!!

  6. Hi Nikki, my friend did jeans for summer at the weekend by unzipping her ankle zips which looked very cool with her ballet flats. I like your examples above but I think I could only do them with a heel, which I don’t wear often in summer. But I thrashed a pale denim skirt last summer! xx

  7. I’ve just recently gotten back into my jeans (literally) after steering clear of them for 2 years. I’m not even sure why, I just found myself fully entrenched in Leggings Land. I’m loving wearing them again and I’m especially loving the lighter denim trend. The Country Road chambray pants and the Jeanswest relaxed capris look like my kind of jeans. Adding them to the Summer Wardrobe Wish List!

  8. I have recently returned from a couple of weeks working in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. The cropped chambray pants I bought from Morrison before leaving were perfect for after hours: very similar to your styling on weekends and with a strappy heel for after work drinks or casual dinner.
    Unlike the 80″s tencel they also seem to be somewhat crease-resistant so you don’t look like you are wearing something you slept in!.

      1. Always fun to head up to HK as it means I get to spend time with my boss and the rest of my teammates. Next stop Taipei and then back to Bangkok!

  9. Hi Nikki, if a person was to be ordering the Country Road pants online, would that person go down a size or has the sizing there become ‘truer’? Signed, Just Wondering.

  10. I’ve been stuck in a skinny jean rut, mostly of the dark denim kind. Time to change it up with a pair of chambray pants or light-wash boyfriend jeans I think! Thank you for the inspiration Nikki x

  11. I have usually been more of a dark denim kind of girl but I also have never really worn jeans in summer either so that could have something to do with it. I have been thinking about getting another pair of spring/summer pants as I am loving the printed pants I got. I was having a look around for another suitable pair of printed pants but these could be just the thing to add another element to my wardrobe. I am liking the look of those Country Road pants. Chambray would suit our hot weather and they do look rather comfortable. I wonder if I should wait and see if they get them at my local store or if I should just snap them up online. Just not totally sure if I should go down a size or not. Such a dilemma.

  12. Such great timing Thankyou Nikki!!! I am in a rather confused state as to what type of jean to go for…chino? harem? skinny? Capri? boyfriend? Oh the decisions!!??)!!! I do love the lighter colour for the warmer seasons though, at least I can decide on that!!!?! xx

    1. It really depends on what shape you feel most comfortable in. Even the harem style is quite streamlined but it may not suit some body shapes. Me, I would need a lighter fabric such as the chambray as it gets too hot for anything else.

  13. I don’t know that I will do jeans for summer too hot I think but I do love those Country Road ones very Nice,I saw in the Sussans lookbook a pair similar and like the look of them very much.I own a pair of skinny BF jeans thanks to my daughter she has just bought a house and is tossing out a lot of clothes and as she is about 3 sizes bigger than me I snaffled them up, pair of skinny Levis that I put a tan belt with and pulled in the waist and rolled up the cuffs and they look better on than I thought,I haven’t worn them yet but maybe if we have a cool day.My jeans are from everywhere NYDJ my faves,Katies Ultimates,Mavi and some True religions and Levi’s reside in my wardrobe,But the ripped ones I think I am a tad too “mature” for those.Great post Nikki love the pale denim colours!

  14. I don’t know that I will do jeans for summer too hot I think but I do love those Country Road ones very Nice,I saw in the Sussans lookbook a pair similar and like the look of them very much.I own a pair of skinny BF jeans thanks to my daughter she has just bought a house and is tossing out a lot of clothes and as she is about 3 sizes bigger than me I snaffled them up, pair of skinny Levis that I put a tan belt with and pulled in the waist and rolled up the cuffs and they look better on than I thought,I haven’t worn them yet but maybe if we have a cool day.My jeans are from everywhere NYDJ my faves,Katies Ultimates,Mavi and some True religions and Levi’s reside in my wardrobe,But the ripped ones I think I am a tad too “mature” for those.Great post Nikki love the pale denim colours!

  15. Thanks for posting the hot weather wear. I’m always on the lookout for fashion ideas that work for the hot Phoenix, Arizona summers.

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