Trend: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Denim

By Ann (Holier than Now)

Can I be honest? The first thing that came to mind when I started this post was, “How can I write about denim when it’s too hot to put it on my body??

You know the feeling: you’re getting dressed, and the no-brainer, perfect match for that new printed top or that light summer blazer is your beloved jeans.  But most jeans are not much lighter in weight than a pair of corduroy pants – and we’re not busting out those when it’s 90 degrees in the shade, right? Plus, I like my jeans fitted, not boyfriend, and there’s no way I’m pulling on fitted denim in the NYC humidity.

In addition to the heat factor, I’ve also been trying to be a little chicer and more pulled together lately – just don’t call it professional (OK fine: do, because that’s really what it is).  Sometimes denim just feels too casual.

Luckily, there’s a trend on the rise. Our essential blue shades – from the deepest wash to the lightest bleach-out – are finding their way into twill and linen cuts (and bonus: they’re office-friendly if you work in a no-jeans zone).

Here are five new pieces to consider adding to your denim wardrobe – even though they’re cut from a different cloth.

1. Jenni Kayne 3 Pocket Flares in Twill $206.50 (on sale) | 2. Hudson Jeans Gwen Wide Leg Pants in Twill $165 | 3. Alice + Olivia High Waisted Bell Bottoms in Stretch Twill $220 | 4. TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Dylan Pant in Washed Twill $136.50 (on sale) 5. Fremont Mead Slouch Shorts in Linen $115.50 (on sale)

Do you wear jeans in the dead of summer?  Do you think a pale blue or navy piece can be an alternative to jeans or are they a different thing altogether?

Image credits (top collage left to right): Mr. Newton, Styleclicker, Caroline’s Mode, Streetpeeper, Wayne Tippets



  1. June 20, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    I have a very good pair of denim shorts by Replay which I swear by! I got it about 4 years ago and at the time I thought it was a bit pricey (even if I got it on sale), but it’s the best I’ll ever find! It isn’t very short so I can wear it in the office too. In general I avoid long pants of any kind during summer and that includes jeans, but shorts, that’s another thing 😉

  2. Cyndi
    June 20, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    I wear jeans all year, everyday. Working in a casual office is the best, with ac in the summer jeans are great. Do switch from skinny with boots to boyfriend with sandals.

  3. June 20, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I love this. The high waisted bell bottoms are to die for.

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