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 and 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.
A flattering mid- to high-rise waist with a lightly frayed hem give these shorts a cool, lived-in look. Available in sizes 24 to 30.
An interesting red print works particularly well with blue denim.
A crisp white sleeveless shirt never fails to look chic with denim shorts. Available in sizes 2 to 10.
A neutral tote will ground your look.
Elegant pearls and sophisticated tweed add a luxe touch to distressed denim shorts.
If they’re good enough for models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, they’re good enough for us. Available in sizes 24 to 30.
Pretty pearls add an elegant touch. Available in sizes 7 to 10.
We’re obsessed with chic tweed combined with casual denim. Available in sizes XXS to L.
Elevate your look with a luxe designer handbag.
Crisp white denim shorts pair beautifully with classic nautical stripes. Perfect for summer weekends.
The high-rise silhouette is cut from lightweight cotton denim for a comfortable and leg-lengthening look. Available in sizes 23 to 30.
An off-the-shoulder long-sleeve top looks striking with clean white shorts. Available in sizes 0 to 14.
A straw hat is a must-have summer accessory.
Fashion girl–loved white frames complete your look beautifully.
Longer, looser-fitting denim shorts paired with sneakers exude an effortless, nonchalant look.
These lightly faded, slightly longer shorts look great with a tucked-in shirt or tee. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Keep the look casual and playful in simple high-top sneakers. Available in sizes 5 to 12.
Sporty-chic. Available in sizes XS to M.
How cool is the stud-lined red handle?
Distressed denim looks altogether chic when paired with a longline blazer (preferably in white), a neutral tee, and luxurious accessories.
This faded wash looks like a style you’d pick up at a vintage shop. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
A pristine white blazer works remarkably well with a faded wash. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Nothing spruces up your outfit quite like this season’s trending beaded bag.
A necessary staple. Available in sizes XS to L.
Gorgeous white flats complete your cool-girl look. Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.
Wear clean denim with pops of bright and bold color this summer.
Retro-style stretch-denim shorts flatter your figure to perfection. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
The sunny season calls for a bright and beautiful blouse. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Wicker bags are everywhere this season.
Go bold or go home. Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Complete your outfit with pretty pink frames.
30 picks to make getting dressed this summer way easier.
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