I Hate Skin-Tight Denim Shorts—Here's My Secret to Finding Relaxed Fits

Erin Fitzpatrick
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True story: All I wore from ages 13 to 18 were short shorts from American Eagle. Nowadays, I'm not exactly jazzed about revealing, skin-tight denim shorts, so I look for much more relaxed styles, and they can sometimes be hard to find. The secret to my search is paying attention to the leg opening measurements, which are roughly around 25 inches or higher for looser fits and around 21 inches or lower for tighter styles.

Even though I appreciate a good pair of skinny jeans as much as the next person, I can't say the same for my shorts. Relaxed shorts are so much chiller and easier to wear in my opinion. So without further ado, scroll down to shop my favorite relaxed denim shorts on the market right now.

Short Shorts

Boyish Monty Relaxed Cutoff Shorts ($108)

Perfect for showing off your new summer sandals.

Eloquii Mom Jean Shorts ($70)

I love this ultra-light wash.

Levi's High Loose Shorts ($80)

You can never go wrong with a pair of Levi's.

We the Free Baggy Tomboy Shorts ($78)

These top-rated shorts also come in a couple of other colors.

R13 Damon Pleated Shorts ($495)

Denim pleats? Sign me up.

Good American Good '90s High Waist Step Hem Denim Shorts ($129)

I love this subtle frayed hem.

Citizens of Humanity Marlow Distressed Organic Denim Shorts ($150)

Just the right amount of distressing.

Madewell Perfect Curvy Fit Cutoff Denim Shorts ($70)

Madewell never disappoints when it comes to denim.

Citizens of Humanity Marlow Distressed Organic Denim Shorts ($160)

I'd wear these with a crisp white tee and Converse sneakers.

Madewell The Dadjean Denim Shorts ($75)

These shorts have a 26-inch leg opening.

Reformation Charlie High Waist Cuffed Cutoff Denim Shorts ($78)

These shorts would go perfectly with a leather jacket.

Good American The Bombshell Split Pocket Cutoff Denim Shorts ($149)

"Bombshell" is right there in the name, so you know these shorts are good.

Agolde Long Parker Distressed Organic Denim Shorts ($130)

Agolde is a favorite of fashion editors.

Veronica Beard Jaylen Pleated Denim Shorts ($230)

The look of a skirt but the convenience of shorts.

Medium and Long Shorts

One Teaspoon Salty Dog Cutoff Trucker Shorts ($115)

This longer length is great when you're not in the mood for revealing short shorts.

Slvrlake Grace Shorts ($269)

Bermuda shorts are back, baby.

Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts ($75)

Eloquii has a highly underrated denim selection you should definitely check out.

Joe's Jeans The Brinkley Shorts ($138)

I love this cute bow detail.

Rachel Comey Irolo Shorts ($325)

These remind me of shorts I'd wear in middle school. What's old is new again.

Reformation Max Distressed Organic Denim Shorts ($80)

Reformation always hits it out of the park with its denim.

Dl1961 Karlie Denim Boyfriend Shorts ($129)

Yep, I'd also style these shorts with Birkenstocks.

Khaite Theresa Shorts ($420)

The fashion crowd simply can't get enough of Khaite.

City Chic High Waist Distressed Denim Shorts ($65)

Perfect for every day.

Nili Lotan Boyfriend Bermuda Shorts ($325)

Don't be afraid to test-drive the Bermuda-shorts trend.

Citizens of Humanity Libby Relaxed Shorts ($199)

I love how these relaxed shorts are styled with a blazer for a hint of polish.

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