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, 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.
A pop of red is always a great complement to denim.
A crisp white sleeveless shirt never fails to look chic with denim shorts.
A favorite amongst the Insta set.
Guaranteed you'll be wearing these chic shades all summer.
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Denim paper-bag shorts that tie at the waist add interest to your ensemble and a flattering silhouette. Pair with a crisp white top and combat boots for a summer look with edge.
Distressed denim looks altogether chic when paired with a longline blazer (preferably in white), a neutral tee, and luxurious accessories.
The perfect weekend shorts.
A tan belt adds polish to frayed denim.
Because who wants boring shoes?
Complete your outfit with pretty pink frames.
Add a romantic touch to your long shorts with a pretty milkmaid style blouse.
A timeless oversize button-down adds a chic French-girl touch to light-wash denim shorts. Tie your look together with a black leather belt.
These have a great flattering fit.
A sophisticated addition.
Voluminous sleeves are trending this season and they happen to look seriously cool with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts.