9 Ways French Girls Are Wearing Classic Denim Shorts This Summer

Anna LaPlaca

French women and classic style go hand in hand, and if you're a regular WWW reader, you'll know just how often we turning to our French fashion friends for inspiration. Well, surprise surprise—we're back once again to tap into their style, this time focusing on how to wear one of the most enduring items in our summer wardrobes: jean shorts.

Since we've officially reached the point in the summer where denim shorts have become a fixture in our day-to-day outfits, it's about time we shed some light on ways to make them feel fresh. I don't know about you, but I've been wearing my beloved cutoffs for more summers than I can count and my styling ideas have gotten a tad, well, tired. While a basic tank and sandals will never fail, I've enlisted some of the most stylish French women I know to shed some light on the new and improved way to wear them—and their ideas don't disappoint. Whether they're throwing on a checked blazer or pairing shorts with a cute cropped cardigan, the following nine jean shorts outfits are sure to inspire you (because they definitely have for me).

Your first thought might not be to wear a cardigan with cutoff shorts, but it should be. Try a knit with short sleeves and a cropped hem that's especially suited to summer and accessorize with retro sunglasses like your favorite French girl.

Tach Clothing Alba Knit Cardigan ($244)

Levi's 501 Shorts ($70)

Le Specs Unreal Sunglasses ($79)

This proves my theory that an oversize blazer will make anything you wear it with that much more polished. Case in point: throwing it over an otherwise casual look like this one.

H&M Double-Breasted Blazer ($28)

Chaser AC/DC Tee ($66)

Levi's Rib Cage Shorts ($79)

Adidas Sleek Super Sneaker ($90)

Lean into the vacation vibes (no matter your actual proximity to a beach) with fun-loving accessories like a bucket hat, crafty necklace, and straw bag.

Amazon Essentials Studio Racerback Tank ($12)

Re/Done '70s High Rise Shorts ($198)

Eliou Amalfi Necklace ($135)

Lack of Colour Wave Terry Bucket Hat ($100)

Topshop Rhodes Mini Straw Weave Tote Bag ($27)

A pretty puff-sleeved top and classic jewelry instantly add style to even the most basic of jean shorts. Easy as that.

Bb=B Dakota Gingham Seersucker Top ($79)

& Other Stories High Rise Cut Off Jeans Shorts ($69)

Luv Aj Martina Tube Hoop Earrings ($55)

There's something unexpected about wearing ballet flats with denim shorts, but this simple yet brilliant look proves it can be done.

Hanes Nano T-Shirt ($6)

Agolde '90s Frayed Denim Shorts ($150)

Loeffler Randall Georgie Ballet Flats ($175)

Mar Y Sol Portland Tote ($139)

When it's too hot to handle anything else, go for a billowy top and crisp white shorts and you have yourself an easy look. Pair with tan sandals and you're good to go.

Velvet Viviette Blouse ($138)

Madewell High-Rise Long Denim Shorts in Tile White ($75)

If casual comfort is your goal, save this easy 'fit for future reference. A structured bag and chic flats are really all you need to ensure a winning look.

Free People Inside Out Pullover ($78)

One Teaspoon Streetwalkers High Waist 80's Shorts ($115)

Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers ($130)

Polène Black Textured Leather Bag ($390)

A sleeveless blazer feels especially fresh for summer when paired with jean shorts and a basic top.

Ei8htdreams Linen Plaid Tailored Vest ($243)

Madewell Whisper Cotton Crewneck Muscle Tank ($19)

Paige Margot Shorts With Raw Hem ($169)

Staud Gina Croc-Effect Leather Slippers ($250)

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Link Necklace ($215)

Whoever said jean shorts can't be chic, I give you this brilliant look that ties everything together with coordinating blazer and pumps.

Topshop Self Stripe Jacquard Blazer ($130)

One Teaspoon Bandits High Waist Denim Shorts ($115)

Yuul Yie Zizi Slingback Pumps ($170)

So you want to make your shorts look trendy, you say? Try out a leather shirt jacket and eye-catching printed heels for a very 2020 feel.

Tibi Celia Origami Sleeve Satin Shirt ($143)

Retrofete Trixie Shorts ($225)

Staud Audrey Sandals ($295)

Next up, the skirt trend that's suddenly everywhere.

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