Between a pandemic that has kept us at home and the sweltering heat that always accompanies this time of year, there are fewer and fewer reasons to put on a pair of jeans anymore. If you are looking to keep your denim in rotation right now, though, be my guest (and get your download on a few new denim trends while you're at it). But something tells me that you're also itching to discover some summer jean alternatives like I am, so if that's the case, then this one's for you.
Fashion girls are on the same page here, and I've spotted them swapping looser and more forgiving bottoms into their summer outfits, and some rather chic ones at that. Taking the lead are billowy, wide-leg trousers and all manner of shorts from track shorts to knit shorts and even one rather chic new legging trend that will have you rethinking basic leggings. Once you discover these five fresh options that are on deck for the season, I have a hunch you'll also be inclined to branch out from your denim stack and into new territory. Who knows? Maybe you'll even discover a jean alternative that will get more airtime than your beloved jeans ever did. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Like it or not, long Bermuda-length shorts are here to stay. The tailored look is a favorite for when you want to look polished without trying too hard, which is why fashion people have been quick to choose them over jeans lately.
Hot pants (yes, hot pants) are another shorts trend taking hold. Sure, they can seem intimidatingly tiny at first, but the knitted and crocheted versions we're seeing look like the ultimate way to do summertime loungewear.
Leggings that hit just below the knee—also a Carrie Bradshaw favorite—are the latest trend that's bound to replace basic full-length leggings, and fashion girls are dressing them up just like Bradshaw would with pretty tops and heels.