20 new ways to wear denim this summer

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It’s time to throw out the denim rulebook– from the runways to the red carpet denim is the biggest and most wearable trend of the season – and not as you know it.

From Max Mara’s wool-denim blend tailoring to kimono-style jacket’s to Marks and Spencer’s kimono jacket and Citizens of Humanity’s dramatic ruffle hem jeans. Forget your skinny’s, embrace new, wide, boxy shapes in new colours, to be worn with low key basics for an elevated yet effortless look. 

  • Cosmic prints

    Update your denim jacket with this cute denim star print version from Être Cécile. This will look great with simple separates.

  • Denim tailoring

    Max Mara and The Woolmark Company have collaborated on a soft, crease-resistant wool-denim tailoring capsule collection. 

  • Dramatic ruffles

    Add some fun to your jeans with these ruffled bottoms from Citizens of Humanity. Wear with a plain T-shirt to keep attention on the denim.
    (£330, Citizens of Humanity at

  • Seventies style

    This reworked Seventies dress is a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. Layer a polo neck underneath for colder days and add a pop of colour with a bright bag.

  • Longer length

    Frayed, uneven and full-length, this vintage wash skirt from Agolde is totally original. Pair with chunky shoes for a touch of Nineties grunge.
    (£170, Agolde from

  • Pastel hues

    Pink is huge for spring and this pastel version from cult brand Weekday is a great friend to pair with vintage day dresses. Pink, but not too girly. 

  • Kimono jackets

    Wrap up in style with this chic number from Marks & Spencer. Wear over fluid wide leg trousers and add some statement earrings.

  • Jumpsuits

    What’s not to love about this cute tie-detail jumpsuit from Warehouse? Wear this wide leg style with chunky sandals or layer over a T-shirt with white trainers when the temperature drops.

  • The new skinny

    These straight leg frayed jeans from H&M are flattering and versatile. Wear with an interesting shirt and heels which can take you from day to night.

  • Boxy crop

    This relaxed boxy crop style with patchwork and hem detail makes this super playful top a must. Wear with a high waist skirt or bare your midriff if you dare.
    (£38, Waven,

  • White and wide leg

    Everyone needs white denim jeans for summer. This wide leg cropped pair from Gap ticks all the new season boxes and goes beautifully with luxe neutrals.

  • Retro pinafores

    Buy a pinafore and wear it forever. This black denim style from Topshop is just the right length. Wear over a fun logo T-shirt or gingham top.

  • Patchwork

    Mango’s oh so cute patchwork mini is just what your summer wardrobe needs. Wear with a fun blouse for high summer style.

  • The new shirt

    The beaded details at the bottom of this shirt by Uterque instantly make it stand out. A great piece to wear with a simple outfit.

  • Waist belt

    Accentuate your waist the s/s 2017 way with this cool denim corset belt from Zara. Wear over an outsized pinstripe shirt for daytime cool.

  • Denim espadrilles

    The trusted espadrille has a cool update with an open back and bow detail. Wear this Kurt Geiger pair with wide leg cropped trousers for holiday daytime chic.

  • Denim slip

    Welcome warmer days with this tie front dress. Dress up with chunky heeled sandals or down with plimsolls. 

  • Tie front tops

    This tie front denim top from Iris & Ink should be a staple in every woman’s summer wardrobe. Team with tailored cropped trousers and heels for a smart ensemble. 

  • Red

    Invest in these red kick flare jeans that can be worn throughout summer and look ultra-crisp with white sandals. Red is huge for next season so team with boots come autumn.

  • The cropped jacket

    This cropped and boxy workwear-inspired denim jacket will help pull together any summer’s outfit. Totally versatile and the large buttons and round collar give it a modern edge.