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This is How New Yorkers Wear Denim in the Summer

From new denim constructions, weights and washes to the steps global mills are taking to reduce impact, Rivet's SS23 In Season Look Book: Denim & Trims has everything you need to know for a successful denim season.

A pair of lived-in denim, a favorite tee, sneakers and a cellphone in hand—the unofficial uniform of New Yorkers got a seasonal update this summer. City dwellers kept their denim short and frayed, or cropped and wide.

Women’s weekend looks spans distressed cutoffs to perfectly frayed shorts. Button-front denim skirts and frayed minis added a flirty look. The summer staples were paired with T-shirts, tote bags and sneakers. And in true Manhattan fashion, often head-to-toe black.

Boyfriend jeans and straight cut jeans replaced the skinny this season for women. The roomier shapes were dressed up with menswear-inspired blouses, designer loafers and luxury cross-body bags, and down with basic flats, sneakers and logo T-shirts.

White jeans took on an edgier look with rip and repair. They also looked fresh and crisp with this season’s most important top for men, camp collar button-down shirts.

Patchwork, shibori-dyed jeans and colorful paint splatter were a bold look. The effects were seen on relaxed fit jeans with rolled cuffs, cropped wide leg jeans and wide leg high-waist jeans.

Looser silhouettes with drapey fabrications offered a break from heavy rigid denim. The effortlessly cool look carried into items like denim’s take on the slip dress.

Photos by Marcy Swingle