Light Wash Jeans Are Back: Here Are the Best Pairs for Spring

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There’s one kind of denim we turn toward more than any other through the spring and summer months when the days grow longer and sunnier and the nights shorter and that type of denim is the simple pair of light wash jeans.

Light wash denim is a refreshing change of pace from the dark and somber selvage denim of fall and winter. To head into spring with a more season-appropriateness, try one of these best pairs of light was jeans available today. The right pair of light wash jeans can be dressed up or down. Try ‘em with a navy blazer and a white Oxford shirt to start or go super casual and match with a lightweight crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of brightly colored sneaks.

And y’know what? It gets better. Not only do these five pairs of light wash denim look great, but they’re all reasonably priced and exceptionally well-made. 

Five Pairs of Light Wash Jeans to Say Hello to Spring

Raleigh Denim Graham Denim
Raleigh Denim Graham Denim

Wearing a pair of light wash denim doesn’t mean you have to venture into full-on “dad jeans” territory. Take the Raleigh Denim Graham pair for example. With a slim-straight fit and a pleasing wash, it’ll look like you’ve had them for years. And that’s just what you want.  

Everlane Slim Fit Jean Worn-in Indigo
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There’s no question that in the right hands, Japanese cotton denim (like the kind used to make these essential Everlane slim jeans) is a work of art. And the Slim Fit Jean in Worn-in Indigo from one of our favorite sustainable style brands drives home that point. Wear these with one of the brand’s soft cotton tees and a classic field jacket for that casual cool spring vibe.

Madewell Men’s Slim Jeans in Danforth Wash
Madewell Men's Slim Jeans in Danforth Wash

Since debuting last fall, the Madewell Men’s line has been a breath of fresh air in terms of delivering casual, classic basics that can go anywhere. Take the high-quality Slim Jeans in Danforth Wash: The slim fit is tailored but not overly tight, and they’ve got the potential to be worn plenty of different ways during the warmer months.

Mott and Bow Slim Laight Denim
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There are certain pairs of jeans that were made to be worn during the spring and summer – pairs like the Mott and Bow Laight Denim, made with a hint of stretch and featuring a seasonally on-trend light wash. Go Slim or Straight for ease of movement and sharp style. We’d pair them with a navy blazer, a light tee, and suede chukkas for a high-low office look.

Scotch & Soda Ralston Lucky Blauw Regular Slim Fit
Scotch & Soda Ralston Denim

Scotch & Soda has long pioneered the art of richly crafted indigo denim and menswear staples and the Scotch & Soda Ralston Denim are no exception. An expertly faded pair of jeans, these babies are an easy way to lighten up spring and summer style staples (think a white slub tee and tan leather sneakers).

Not digging the light wash? Check out all the best denim brands for some other options that meet your denim desires.

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