Where to Buy the Best Denim Shorts, From an NYC Girl

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to start swapping your go-to weekend denim look for casual jean shorts. Since I’ve already shared the place I swear by when it comes to shopping for skinny jeans, today I’m keeping with the denim theme and dishing where I find the best denim shorts. When updating my jean shorts collection, I keep it simple and stick to three shops that never disappoint me: Madewell, J Brand, and Free People.

Keep reading to see what I like about each brand and freshen your denim shorts selection with my favorite picks from each site!

MADEWELL

Madewell gets it right when it comes to designing a style that’s not too short and hits at the perfect hemline. I particularly like the high-rise boyshorts below. 

Add a statement top and you’ll be ready for any summer event.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

This high-rise pair is so retro.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

Add some color to your wardrobe with these adorable red wash shorts.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

I love the dark wash here.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

These are seriously the perfect jean shorts. Thanks, Madewell!

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

J BRAND

J Brand is my go-to when I’m looking for an on-trend pair with a bit of edge.

Pair these with a leather jacket for an outdoor concert venue this summer.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

If you’re looking for an all-white option.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

Such an easy pair to throw on and go out the door.

Available in sizes 26 to 32.

This classic low-rise can be paired with oval sunnies to keep it fresh.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

Another white pair because who can have too many classic white jean shorts?

Available in sizes 23 to 30.

FREE PEOPLE

Free People is my place to find affordable, loose options that are perfect for a lazy summer Sunday. 

Leave it to Levi’s to make the best-fitting jean shorts on the market.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

These are a staple for any beach vacay.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

Just like a hand-me-down, but more flattering.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

Add this unique pair to your favorite T-shirt-and-sandals combo for an updated look.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

For comfy weekend vibes.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

SHOP MORE DENIM SHORTS

Just the right amount of distressing. 

Available in sizes 24 to 29.

Cute and simple.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Snag these $45 cutoffs before they sell out. 

Available in sizes 14 to 24.

Throw on your favorite band tee and you’re set.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

I love the idea of pairing denim shorts with a simple tee and a leather jacket. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

The floral side detail makes these so fresh. 

Available in sizes 10 to 22.

Wear these with classic Converse sneakers for a relaxed summer look. 

Available in sizes 24 to 30.

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