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Light and fresh summer denim

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Despite the rising temperatures, denim isn't going anywhere. In fact, we're pretty sure this timeless classic is here to stay for summer. Our favorite fabric is taking on a more stylish silhouette and giving us chic yet easy-wearing looks, from skirts to tunics to playsuits. We're not planning on ditching our perfectly worn-in cut offs any time soon (they're much too comfy for that) but we will be sporting some of these divine denim picks.

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6 summer denim styles

We've put together a list of some of our favorite denim picks, but they're probably not what you think. We're skipping the standard and going straight for the soft, the airy and the lightweight – all perfect additions to our hot weather wardrobe.

1Hot halter

Light, airy and full of fun, we swooned as soon as we spied this stylish denim halter dress (Mod Cloth, $50). Clean lines, A-line skirt, adorable bow on the bust and a cute collared neckline make this frock a fun and flirty choice for your next summer BBQ or backyard bash. Pair with peep-toe wedge sandals and you're ready for anything (or at least some serious flirting).

2Tunic time

Take effortless summer style to the next level with this relaxed belted denim tunic (Net-a-Porter, $225) with a vintage feel and rounded neck. Pair with skinny pants or leggings when it's cooler out or shorts on hotter days and complete this simple yet chic look with a cute pair of espadrilles and oversize shades.

3Make it a mini

Summer is the perfect time to show a little leg, we say. That's why we'll be going short this summer and you should, too. We love this light denim mini skirt (, $198) made from ultra-soft, pre-washed denim so it's light enough for a hot summer day. The side pockets and subtle pleating simply add to the charm. Tuck in a brightly colored tank and toss on some strappy flats for optimum hot weather comfort.

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4Romp around

There are few things more comfortable than a romper when the temperatures start to soar. These playful pieces are perfectly suited to casual summer days and even more relaxed nights. This striped denim romper (Lucky Brand, $80) offers comfort with a twist – the sassy stripes give this look a more structured and sophisticated feel, which we can't resist.

5Pretty in print

The only thing we like better than denim is denim with a twist. This print and plain denim smock dress (Asos, $60) is a great example of what we mean. This girly sleeveless dress features light wash denim on top rounded out by a full floral print skirt. Ideal for anything from a summer shopping spree to brunch on a patio, this dress is the epitome of versatility.

6Sexy safari

If you want to look effortlessly stylish this summer no matter where you are – the office, on a date, meeting friends for cocktails – this Michael Kors denim safari dress (Nordstrom, $76) is the look for you. The dark wash denim is lightweight and makes a perfect all-purpose piece. Pair with ballet flats for a more casual look or spice things up a bit with platform sandals.

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