Nearly Everyone I Know Owns This One Timeless Summer Essential—These Are My Favorites

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New York has just entered the perfect time of year, or what I like to refer to as "peak denim shorts" season. Summer is rounding the corner in the city, and thanks to the high temperatures and our changing closets, there's not a single item I'm more excited to pull out of storage than my classic denim shorts.

There are dozens of denim shorts and jean shorts out there for every kind of sartorial taste—dark wash, light wash, micro minis, and bermudas—but one thing all fashion people can agree on is that when the temperatures rise, the denim shorts come out to play. Not only is the classic cutoff style timeless throughout the ages, spanning as far back as the late '60s, but they also go with practically anything in your wardrobe—T-shirts, cardigans, button-downs, and lacy linens included.

Below, I've rounded up my 34 favorite pairs of denim shorts for every taste and budget, from triple-digit designer finds to low-key luxe items for under $30. Trust me—I have a feeling these are all going to sell out before summer officially hits.

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)