Denim Shorts

Regarding wardrobe staples, nothing beats a perfect pair of denim shorts. Whether you opt for classic mid-wash or trendy pastel pink, they pair perfectly with your favorite tanks and T-shirts for effortless casual style.

Whether you’re swooning over this high-waisted raw hem cut-off or prefer a more relaxed mom-jean style, there’s a pair of jean shorts for everyone. 

The High-Rise

Regardless of the hottest trends from one summer to the next, our closet always has room for a solid pair of high-waisted denim shorts. You are finding a style that sits right at your belly button without creating gaping or cinching too much on the waistline. You can do just that this year with a pair of high-waisted shorts. This style is a crowd-favorite and even comes with an organic, distressed hemline that hugs your legs like mom jeans should.

Style your high-waisted denim shorts with a fitted blank tank and black flat sandals for a casual dinner date or errand-running outfit if you prefer a sleek aesthetic. Fashion stylist and lifestyle blogger Naina Singla recommends adding a mini handbag for a touch of sophistication.

The Twisted

Finding the right pair of denim shorts can be tricky, but once you find a style that looks great and fits well, it’s a look you’ll want to wear all summer. A few tips for sizing: Look for a waistband that sits high enough to feel comfortable without digging into your stomach. If you need help determining how long to go, try the fingertip test: hold up your arms, and if your shorts are no longer than the end of your fingertips, they’re a good fit.

If you want to take dadcore styling to the next level, check out cargo-style denim shorts for women with side cargo pockets and a flattering mid-rise silhouette. Or, shop size-inclusive jeans shorts for a noughties-inspired high-waisted silhouette that pairs with a clean fashion tote and slingback kitten heels. Try a midi-length denim shortcut just above the knee and pair it perfectly with a crisp white T-shirt. Adding a colorful belt or tying a front knot adds structure to your look and keeps the eye focused on your waist.

The Skinny

A great pair of jean shorts can be the foundation of your warm-weather wardrobe. Whether you’re a fan of baggy jorts that reach down to your ankles or something more form-fitting and narrower, plenty of options can elevate your look this season.

Consider these high-waisted shorts, which feature a cinching waist and a cropped fit that looks polished but still feels relaxed. If you want to avoid blue denim washes, consider this black denim style by Paige. It has a dark wash, but the raw hem gives it a brighter vibe that feels fresh.

Or opt for these skinny denim shorts, designed with curves in mind and have 103 five-star reviews. The slightly faded and distressed pair is a great day-to-night option for summer, plus the shirring at the knees creates a figure-molding effect. You can also try a couple of patchwork jeans shorts by Mavi, which have pretty color-blocking and a raw hem for a more casual finish. Pair these with a plain T-shirt, and you have a simple yet elevated look.

The Distressed

A great addition to any wardrobe is a pair of distressed denim shorts. This casual style with ripped details and raw hems is currently in fashion. They can be worn in both day and night outfits. For instance, you can team a light blue striped shirt with cuffed denim shorts and tan-heeled sandals. It’s an outfit ideal for a day out shopping or a night at one of your favorite Chicago restaurants.

Throwing the shorts in the washing machine can achieve a more distressed look. This will make the holes and rips more pronounced and give them that authentic worn-in look. You can also add more distressed elements by distressing the pockets of your shorts.

You can also buy a pair of high-waisted distressed denim shorts from stores. They’re available in various sizes and look as comfy as your favorite pair of jeans. They’re the perfect summer outfit when you need to dress up.

The Colorful

Denim shorts don’t always have to be white or blue; they can also come in shades and hues. You’ll find jean shorts in every rainbow color, from navy to purple, and we’re here for it. The key to this trend is choosing the right shade for you and pairing it with the appropriate top.

For example, light-wash, striped denim shorts can elevate a classic T-shirt and sneakers. The bold stripe pattern will elongate your legs for an ultra-flattering effect. You can also wear them with a flowy, ruffled blouse to create a feminine outfit perfect for brunch with friends. When finding the perfect pair of jean shorts, remember that the size number on the label is just a guideline. Try them on; go up a size if they’re too tight. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a pair of Daisy Dukes that are more uncomfortable than stylish.