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This is How New Yorkers Wear Denim in the Summer

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