13 Outfits to Wear When It's Too Hot for Jeans

There are few reasons we'd consider giving up a wardrobe staple as pivotal as jeans, but hot weather will do it. When the temperatures start to climb, denim goes from being our flattering best friend to a sweaty, sticky, and uncomfortable straightjacket. So it's exactly this time of year that skinnies and straight-leg styles take a backseat to breezier, lighter pieces. The best summer outfit ideas are both simple to put together and manage to minimize the feeling of being in a sauna whenever you step outdoors.

So let's revisit the conundrum: What does one wear when jeans are out of the equation? Well, we've got 13 smart options for you. From cool (literally and figuratively) ways to style your favorite dress to comfy ensembles you can wear to work, you'll be armed with a host of clever ideas for those days when jeans just don't fly. While we can't promise that you'll be totally sweat-free (that's a big ask) you'll be better prepared to survive those upcoming heat waves. Read on to see and shop the ensembles now.

A dress and sneakers make for a cool (and comfortable) summer combination. 

A floaty maxi dress is perfect for a day outside at the beach or park. 

Jeans and a tee are a combination as basic as they come, but with the swap of a funky midi skirt, it adds an intriguing twist.

A cool oversize blazer is a multiuse staple. Style it as a dress or add shorts or a skirt for more coverage. 

Trade denim for a light cotton or linen jumpsuit—the easier the outfit the better.

Swap heavy jeans for a pair of breezy and breathable wide-leg trousers. 

While we're all for a traditional pair of denim overalls, come warm weather, we're inclined to trade up for a shorter style.

Trade in your jeans for a cool pair of denim shorts that you can easily dress up or down.

While your old-school soccer shorts may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're dressing up, as it turns out, they're a fun way to mix things up and refresh a favorite romantic top. 

Work-to-drink ensembles can be tricky to put together, but this relaxed combination is a transitional ensemble that's just plain cool.

You don't have to rule out pants completely when things get toasty—just swap denim for a more breathable linen suit. 

While it may not be suitable for every office, these days there are some seriously chic pajama sets that are worthy of a spin during the daytime.

Keep things light and breezy with this cool combination.