I Tested 7 Pairs of Lightweight Jeans in 90-Degree Heat

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I'm someone who wears jeans almost every day. I'm also someone who lives in the hot and humid South, so wearing denim in the summer months is often a no-go. But a girl can't live in shorts and dresses alone (at least this girl can't), so I set out to find lightweight jeans that I can actually get away with wearing in the summer without sacrificing my body temperature.

As luck (or something like that) would have it, an intense mid-May heat wave recently appeared and I got to put a stack of lightweight jeans to the test. In choosing the jeans that I would try, I stuck to stretchy styles, most of which were below 11 ounces (denim weights typically run from 5 to 32 ounces). For the sake of variety, some of the styles were slim-fitting while others were wide-leg, but all of them were reflective of current denim trends and were created by some of the coolest denim brands on the market.

Keep reading to find out how I fared in my search for the best lightweight jeans to wear as the temperatures climb this summer and shop them for yourself.

I hope this helps you to stay (and look) cool this summer. Here are summer outfit ideas to help with that.