If there’s one item that gets the most use throughout the summer months, it’s unquestionably a pair of denim shorts. The ultimate weekend staple, denim shorts are our go-to summer saviors—most often thrown on with a striped tee and sandals for an easy, effortless daytime look. But finding a pair of great-fitting and flattering denim shorts is not always an easy feat. Like most denim, it takes trial and error to procure a pair you feel comfortable in that suits your style and body type. Luckily we did some digging and discovered the most flattering silhouettes guaranteed to suit every taste. Plus, we turned to our favorite fashion muses for endless inspiration on how to keep them looking fresh and stylish for every summer occasion. Scroll below for our favorite denim short outfits.
Sometimes the simplest outfit formulas work best. Wear your casual mid-rise denim shorts with an easy loose-fitting sleeveless white shirt, and finish the look with a pop of red—a cool bandana around your neck or tied in your hair looks unquestionably chic.
Re/Done The Short Frayed Denim Shorts ($135)
A flattering mid- to high-rise waist with a lightly frayed hem give these shorts a cool, lived-in look.
Madewell Bandana ($13)
Mango Sleeveless Shirt ($50)
A crisp white sleeveless shirt never fails to look chic with denim shorts.
Hat Attack Small Round Handle Bag ($105)
A neutral tote will ground your look.
Elegant pearls and sophisticated tweed add a luxe touch to distressed denim shorts.
Alexander Wang Bite Flip Fold-Over Frayed Denim Shorts ($245)
Mystique Imitation Pearl Sandals ($184)
Mango Pocket Tweed Jacket ($80)
Fendi Kan I Small Flocked Leather Shoulder Bag ($2690)
Elevate your look with a luxe designer handbag.
Crisp white denim shorts pair beautifully with classic nautical stripes. Perfect for summer weekends.
Reformation Dixie High Rise Jean Shorts ($78)
Shein Striped Cross Over Bardot Tee ($13)
Janessa Leone Klint Hat ($188)
Le Specs Rapture Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($60)
Longer, looser-fitting denim shorts paired with sneakers exude an effortless, nonchalant look.
J Brand Joan Distressed Denim Shorts ($120)
These lightly faded, slightly longer shorts look great with a tucked-in shirt or tee.
Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker ($55)
Keep the look casual and playful in simple high-top sneakers.
Anine Bing Lou Sweatshirt ($169)
Marni Color-Block Leather and Shell Shoulder Bag ($990)
Distressed denim looks altogether chic when paired with a longline blazer (preferably in white), a neutral tee, and luxurious accessories.
Rag & Bone Maya Distressed Denim Shorts ($98)
Cinq a Sept Crepe Khloe Blazer ($395)
Oliveve Murphy Bracelet Clutch ($87)
Cult Gaia Della Mules ($398)
A necessary staple.
Wear clean denim with pops of bright and bold color this summer.
Madewell Emmett High Waist Rainbow Stitch Denim Shorts ($60)
Marc Jacobs Floral-Print Crepe de Chine Shirt ($175)
Ulla Johnson Tautou Bag ($238)
Matiko Virca Point Toe Mules ($136)
Illesteva Marianne Cat-Eye Acetate and Gunmetal-Tone Sunglasses ($190)
Complete your outfit with pretty pink frames.
Add a romantic touch to your long shorts with a pretty pastel blouse.
AGOLDE '90s Distressed Denim Shorts ($138)
ASTR the Label Dina Top ($88)
Villa Rouge Stella Toe Ring Sandals ($125)
Staud Shirley Bag ($295)
Classic ballet flats and a timeless oversize button down adds a chic french-girl touch to light wash denim shorts.
Mother The Tomcat Knick Fray Shorts ($228)
Free People Keep it Simple Button Blouse ($108)
Chanel CC Cap-Toe Flats ($395)
Danse Lente Phoebe Leather Shoulder Bag ($455)
The easiest way to add polish to denim shorts is with a chic blazer and sophisticated sandals.
Frame Le Vintage Bermuda Shorts ($200)
ICONS Objects of Devotion DB Blazer ($495)
Monrow Oversized Crew Tee ($98)
By Far Brigette Snake-Effect Leather Slingback Sandals ($128)
Leopard print is the new neutral.... and happens to look seriously cool with denim shorts this summer.
Nobody Denim Boho Shorts ($169)
Anine Bing Silk Leopard Print Camisole ($170)
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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