Although jeans aren’t typically deemed summer wear, there’s something about an English summer (or lack thereof) that heightens my appreciation of the jeans-and-top formula. Like a throw-on crew-neck T-shirt or compact umbrella, denim looks are stored in the back pocket of my fashion archive within easy reach to construct a laid-back look within moments.
Jeans-and-top combinations are resolute, regardless of the season. It’s one of a few dependable items that exist amongst more frivolous fashion counterparts. It never fails to astound me how the simplest of pieces can carry the weight of an ensemble and even improve it.
It may be the foundation of a simple aesthetic, but jeans are the building blocks of trend-forward and off-duty looks. Denim appreciation is on the rise, and subsequently, styles are becoming more varied. The past few years have seen us revert to the high-rise, loose-fitting styles of the ’80s and ’90s, and, if we’ve learnt anything from style mavens of those eras, it’s that jeans look chic juxtaposed with slim-fitting strappy tops and billowy-sleeve shirts during the summer. Denim transcends generations, aesthetics and seasons, so it’s only right that jeans work great in summer when the weather allows for lenient and more versatile dressing.
Styling options are plentiful for summer. From sleeveless vests and Victoriana blouses to overshirts, the season calls for understated pairings. The current offerings are becoming chicer as the season progresses and allows top-half dressing to shine even brighter. Fits such as barrel and straight-leg cuts are most practical for heat, as they allow the flow of air. Likewise, white denim is prominent during the warmer seasons, as neutral tones uplift outfits with one sweep of colour. If you’re wanting to celebrate the denim in your arsenal this summer with some chic high-low pairings, then look no further than these seven summer looks.