True Blue Denim Fashion

Can denim ever really be considered a trend? The runways are proclaiming the affirmative as denim comes roaring back in style this spring and summer. The key to styling denim this year is to keep it classic. Sure, you can throw on a T-shirt for the de facto Americana look à la The Boss. But you can also dress it up with elegant touches like jute bags, espadrilles, and the trendy crop top you’ve been eyeing. With rises that flatter any shape, keep the length either cropped or dusting the floor and consider yourself a trendsetter.

Skirt alert
It’s not just about shirt dresses anymore. This wrap dress is a breezy way to flaunt your denim savvy. Pair with a natural fiber bag for a classic look or spice it up with bright shoes. It’s the neutral that isn’t. Dress by Mod, $79, available at Kate (River Market) and Lady Bye (Brookside). Bag, $66, available at Coco (Brookside).

Short Story
Warmer weather and plenty of time at home to work on your squats mean it’s time to flaunt those gams! Denim shorts are the move, especially when they are crisp white, high waisted, and with an unfinished hem. Pair with a cropped smocked peasant blouse in chambray for the chicest denim-on-denim vibe. AGOLDE Reese relaxed cut-off short in tissue white, $128, available at Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).

Hold Everything
This is the epitome of the everyday bag—durable, upcycled denim that looks chic filled with produce at the farmers’ market or great slung over a chair at your favorite coffee shop while you work. Blue Upcycled Denim carry-all tote bag, $108, available at East and West (Crossroads) or

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