16 Fresh Ways To Wear Denim This Summer


Step away from your average indigo

Growing tired of your average blue denim? Us, too.

While we’ll always have love for our go-to pair of cutoffs and reach for the oversized jean jacket when we’re in a pinch, this season, we’re looking to breathe new life into the wardrobe staple. Lucky for us, this summer is brimming with fresh new takes on classic denim styles.

Seen in the form of muted pastels, off-whites, and even vibrant neons, denim styles such as cropped jackets, jumpsuits, dresses, and more just got a killer (and, in some cases, pretty vibrant) new upgrade. Because what else would we want to keep ourselves warm on a cool summer evening than a banana yellow jacket, and what better alternative to baby blue cutoffs than lilac Bermuda shorts?

Below, we rounded up 16 ways to step up your denim looks this summer. We’re kissing our blue jeans goodbye—at least until fall rolls around, that is.

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Combine the host and the musical guest for my perfect man

I don't watch Saturday Night Live!. The show has just never done it for me, despite attracting some of the biggest talent as guest hosts and addressing some of our cultures most pressing issues using comedy. I guess it's true that one man's cackle is another's straight-faced disinterest. But that could change for me with a musical guest and host combo that I didn't know I needed until this very moment. The March 9 episode of SNL finds Idris Elba, star of the upcoming Netflix comedy Turn Up Charlie, making his hosting debut. Joining him, also for the first time on the show, is singer Khalid who is just two months away from releasing his sophomore album. Let me tell you why this is important to me.

When People named Elba the Sexiest Man Alive in 2018, the entire internet let out a collective "duh." He is prime zaddy material with that facial structure, salt and pepper hair, and British accent—My god, that accent. But for a girl like me, who can barely muster the propensity to like dudes in the first place, a man like Elba can only hold my attention for so long. This is where Khalid comes in.

A look at my actual dating history will show that I'm way more into the Khalid's of the world: hotties with understated style and distinct facial features that give them character. That SNL isn't making me choose, and allowing me the freedom to indulge all parts of my sexual orientation, is worth a Saturday night spent at home with some wine and a few bad jokes.



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Along with

Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.