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It's hard to imagine a life without denim. Since its invention by Levi Strauss way back in 1873 (designed as a hard-wearing pant for miners), denim has forged its place as a staple of the modern wardrobe. Both a versatile mainstay and the ultimate sartorial chameleon, with a quick switch-up, denim can channel every mood, from '90s grunge to polished minimalist and everything in-between. And this summer, there are so many ways to wear denim beyond the classic-cut, blue-rinse jeans. Keep scrolling to see the best ways to wear it right now.

Denim dress

Denim dress detail

Midi, please

A midi dress is the freshest way to update your denim wardrobe. A contemporary take on the classic pinafore style, a fitted button-down that would otherwise be super-feminine is made casual thanks to a graphic tee. Box-fresh white kicks finish off the look — choose a '90s hero like the Reebok Classic to add a retro edge.
Denim jeans and a top

Jeans detail

Heavy metal

Everyone knows that jeans and a crop top is a fail-safe '90s combo. But instead of wearing a plain cotton number, take things up a notch with a metallic separate to show off that summer glow. Choose styles that have added detail, like the fold-over waist of these jeans and the lace-up whipstitch detailing on this top to take it into a dressier realm. Bonus points for matching your metallics to your eyeshadow.
Denim jacket

Levi's denim jacket

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Candy colors

Colorful denim is everywhere this season — as seen at stalwart street-style brand Ganni and heavy hitters like Prada and Versace. But for the freshest denim look, pick a pastel hue, like this soft lilac paired with a tonal top and crisp white jeans. Oversized cuts and boyish separates keep it cool rather than cute  think baggy denim jackets and loose-cut jeans.