Celebrity Style: Jean Shorts Are Having A Moment

Nobody can rock a pair of high-waisted denim shorts better than Kelly Kapowski—at least, that’s what we used to think until we saw the batch of style-conscious ladies in today’s story. The cool cutoffs are a weekend go-to for such influencers as Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, and Solange Knowles, and with so many styling possibilities, it’s easy to see why.

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    Click through now for our celebrity tutorial on how to keep this summer staple feeling fresh all season long.

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    PHOTO: INI/Fame Flynet

    Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung

    As the old saying goes, friends who wear high-rise denim shorts together, stay together--or something like that. While Chung paired her vintage cutoffs with a tucked-in Madewell shirt, Mulberry bag, and Porselli for A.P.C. flats, Lowe kept it low-key in a similar vintage style worn with a sheer gray Alexander Wang tee, Louis Vuitton backpack, and Chanel biker boots.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    ​J Brand High Waist Denim Shorts ($111) in Ojai; Laurence Dolige Checked Shirt ($178); T by Alexander Wang Classic Muscle T-Shirt ($78).

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    PHOTO: VM/Fame Flynet

    Miley Cyrus

    Leaving a friend’s house in Studio City earlier this year, the singer gave her distressed cutoffs an of-the-moment spin with a floral-print crop top and Dr. Marten boots.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Urban Renewal High/Low Denim Short ($44); GoJane Floral Cropped Top ($16); Dr. Martens 1919 Boots ($135).

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    PHOTO: Splash News

    Alessandra Ambrosio

    Ambrosio’s figure-flattering styling trick involves pairing her vintage Levi’s shorts with a tucked-in Ella Moss tank and Sam Edelman’s Gigi Sandals ($65) in Almond.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    True Religion Cadence Cut Off Short ($89); MSGM Floral Vest ($165).

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    PHOTO: Xposure Photos

    Nicole Richie

    The designer/tastemaker took her jean shorts on a city stroll in Los Angeles paired with a high-neck blouse and studded belt.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Nasty Gal Wrecked Cutoff Shorts ($52); Topshop Lace Back High Neck Shell Top ($64); Brave Belts Black Leather Studded Belt ($53).

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    PHOTO: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

    Solange Knowles

    Performing at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn last month, Knowles opted for a casual on top (Babatunde Bafing Fitted Cap ($20) and striped tee), party on the bottom (below-the-knee gladiator heels) approach to her denim shorts.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    ​MinkPink Slasher Flick Shorts ($79); J.Crew Dublin Green Stripe Tee ($45); Nasty Gal La Cage Gladiator Sandals ($215).

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    PHOTO: KCS Presse/Splash News

    Cara Delevinge

    Spotted in Paris, the British model gave her denim shorts the ‘90s hip-hop treatment with the addition of a beanie, Burberry Prorsum leather jacket, Worn By Squeeze This! T-Shirt ($56), and Nike Air Jordan sneakers.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Zara Biker Jacket with Zips ($229); Mario Testino for Mate Pisac Cotton-Blend Jersey T-Shirt ($205); Katie Grand Loves Hogan Leather, Suede and Printed Canvas Wedge High-Top Sneakers ($675).

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    PHOTO: VEM/Fame Flynet

    Candice Swanepoel

    The perfect bathing suit cover-up? Swanepoel got it right in Miami two months ago in light-wash Levi’s shorts, a Victoria’s Secret bikini, and a knotted tank.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    ​Blank Denim Distressed High Rise Cutoff Shorts ($78) in White Teeth; Riller & Fount Janice Low Cut Racerback Tank ($110).

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    Urban Renewal

    Wrangler Denim Cheeky Shorts ($44) in Indigo 

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    Topshop by Boutique

    Moto Francis Denim Hot Pants ($56) in Light Denim

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    Genetic Denim

    The Alexia Shorts ($165) in Cambridge

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    One Teaspoon

    Hawks Shorts ($116) in Super

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    Nasty Gal

    Alva Cutoff Shorts ($58) in Acid Wash

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    Mother

    High Waisted Cutoffs ($145) in Flowers From the Storm

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    Free People

    Five Pocket Cuffed Denim Cutoff Shorts ($68) in Lou Lou Blue 

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    Citizens of Humanity

    Chloe High Waist Shorts ($179) in Serene

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    Blank Denim

    Distressed High Rise Cutoff Shorts ($78) in White Teeth

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    American Apparel

    High-Waist Jean Cuff Shorts ($58) in Medium Stone Wash Indigo

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Hawks Shorts

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Five Pocket Cuffed Denim Cutoff Shorts

Five Pocket Cuffed Denim Cutoff Shorts

Free People, $68
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Moto Francis Denim Hot Pants

Moto Francis Denim Hot Pants

Topshop, $56
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Alva Cutoff Shorts

Nasty Gal, $58
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Chloe High Waist Shorts

Chloe High Waist Shorts

Citizens of Humanity, $179
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Distressed High Rise Cutoff Shorts

Blank Denim, $78
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Wrangler Denim Cheeky Shorts

Urban Renewal, $44
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Genetic Denim, $165
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High Waisted Cutoffs

Mother, $145
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High-Waist Jean Cuff Shorts

High-Waist Jean Cuff Shorts

American Apparel, $58
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High/Low Denim Short

High/Low Denim Short

Urban Renewal, $44
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Floral Cropped Top

Floral Cropped Top

GoJane, $16
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1919 Boots

1919 Boots

Dr. Martens, $135
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Bafing Fitted Cap

Bafing Fitted Cap

Babatunde, $20
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Slasher Flick Shorts

Slasher Flick Shorts

Minkpink, $79
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Dublin Green Stripe Tee

Dublin Green Stripe Tee

J.Crew, $45
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La Cage Gladiator Sandals

La Cage Gladiator Sandals

Nasty Gal, $215
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Janice Low Cut Racerback Tank

Janice Low Cut Racerback Tank

Riller & Fount, $110
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Squeeze This! T-Shirt

Squeeze This! T-Shirt

Worn By, $56
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Biker Jacket with Zips

Biker Jacket with Zips

Zara, $229
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Pisac Cotton-Blend Jersey T-shirt

Pisac Cotton-Blend Jersey T-shirt

Mario Testino for Mate, $205
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Leather, Suede and Printed Canvas Wedge High-Top Sneakers

Leather, Suede and Printed Canvas Wedge High-Top Sneakers

Katie Grand Loves Hogan, $675
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Checked Shirt

Checked Shirt

Laurence Dolige, $178
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Classic Muscle T-Shirt

Classic Muscle T-Shirt

T by Alexander Wang, $78
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High Waist Denim Shorts

High Waist Denim Shorts

J Brand, $111
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Gigi Sandals

Gigi Sandals

Sam Edelman, $65
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Floral Vest

Floral Vest

MSGM, $165
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Cadence Cut Off Short

Cadence Cut Off Short

True Religion, $89
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Wrecked Cutoff Shorts

Wrecked Cutoff Shorts

Nasty Gal, $52
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Lace Back High Neck Shell Top

Lace Back High Neck Shell Top

Topshop, $64
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Black Leather Studded Belt

Black Leather Studded Belt

Brave Belts, $53
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