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6 Lightweight Jeans You Can Totally Wear All Summer Long

Summer-friendly renditions of the classic five-pocket jean.

slim fit lightweight japanese selvedge jean in charcoal
Todd Snyder

As hot as summer gets, some people still won’t go out without wearing a pair of jeans. But diehard denimheads don’t have to suffer through the intense heat, baking in their blue jeans. There are plenty of stylish jeans out there catered toward keeping it cool all summer long. Emphasizing lighter-weight denim, these jeans shed the weight to make a for a breezier experience. Typically, most garden-variety blue jeans will use denim that weighs about 12 to 16 ounces per square yard. Some serious jeans even push the limits and tip the scales well past that, packing on the ounces to the twenties. A few have even strived to make jeans using denim that weighs a full 32 ounces per square yard. That’s two pounds. For reference, that is quite literally like wearing a rug.

While some jeans go for denim below that 12-ounce threshold, others take into account other factors like the weave of a denim as well as materials. If you want to keep extra cool, giving your legs some breathing room with a looser pair of jeans also helps. There are plenty of summer-friendly jeans on the market and here are our picks for the ones you should consider.

Uniqlo Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans

+J Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans
Uniqlo uniqlo.com

You’d be searching for a while if your jeans criteria included selvedge denim and a budget of under $70. Thankfully, Uniqlo’s cut that search short. Though you could always opt for the a lighter tone, you can slip into these Jill Sander jeans and still keep extra cool through summer. The updated fit is a clean slim silhouette that includes a touch of stretch.

L.L. Bean Organic-Blend Performance Five-Pocket Pants

L.L. Bean
Organic-Blend Performance Pants
L.L. Bean llbean.com

While the Bean might not call these jeans, we’re still including it in this list. Even though they don’t come in the traditional indigo dye we expect of a classic pair of jeans, they do have the requisite five-pocket design. The denim in question is a breezy blend of 55-45 blend of linen and cotton, which gives them the texture we expect from a pair of jeans, but with better breathability.

Joe's Jeans The Rhys

Joe's Jeans
The Rhys
Joe's Jeans joesjeans.com

The "kinetic" fabric Joe's The Rhys jeans are cut from comprises 93 percent cotton, 6 percent elastomultiester and 1 percent elastane. As such, they're breathable and boast a bit of stretch but are more reminiscent in appearance of a luxurious vintage denim.

Naked & Famous Island Blue Stretch Selvedge Jeans

Island Blue Stretch Selvedge Jeans
Naked and Famous tateandyoko.com

At just 9.5 ounces, these jeans are among the lightest jeans out there. That makes them also one of the best for summer. They’re made with a touch of stretch, in a ’70s-inspired bright blue indigo tone. Other details include selvedge coin pocket, button fly and soft leather patch.

3sixteen ST-122x Slim Tapered Lightweight Shadow Jeans

ST-122x Slim Tapered Lightweight Shadow Jeans
3Sixteen 3sixteen.com

Denim brand 3sixteen is lauded for its well-built jeans and beautiful fabrics, and its Lightweight Shadow Jeans are a great example. They use a 12 ounce denim that’s dyed with indigo for the warp yarns and black weft yarns for a unique two-toned fabric that will age like no other jeans you have in your closet. They’re cut and sewn in San Francisco and come in a perfectly-cut slim tapered fit.

Todd Snyder Lightweight Japanese Selvedge Jeans

Todd Snyder
Lightweight Japanese Selvedge Jean
Todd Snyder toddsnyder.com

Made by beloved designer Todd Snyder, these Japanese Selvedge jeans are made on old-fashioned shuttle looms from ultra-light 11 oz denim. And although they're a charcoal color right now, regular wear will produce a patina that improves over time. Citing rigidity during first wear, the brand suggests sizing up for the best fit.

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