9 Ways French Girls Are Wearing Classic Denim Shorts This Summer

French women and classic style go hand in hand, and if you're a regular WWW reader, you'll know just how often we turning to our French fashion friends for inspiration. Well, surprise surprise—we're back once again to tap into their style, this time focusing on how to wear one of the most enduring items in our summer wardrobes: jean shorts.

Since we've officially reached the point in the summer where denim shorts have become a fixture in our day-to-day outfits, it's about time we shed some light on ways to make them feel fresh. I don't know about you, but I've been wearing my beloved cutoffs for more summers than I can count and my styling ideas have gotten a tad, well, tired. While a basic tank and sandals will never fail, I've enlisted some of the most stylish French women I know to shed some light on the new and improved way to wear them—and their ideas don't disappoint. Whether they're throwing on a checked blazer or pairing shorts with a cute cropped cardigan, the following nine jean shorts outfits are sure to inspire you (because they definitely have for me).

Cropped Cardigan + Retro Sunglasses
how French women wear jean shorts

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@annelauremais

Your first thought might not be to wear a cardigan with cutoff shorts, but it should be. Try a knit with short sleeves and a cropped hem that's especially suited to summer and accessorize with retro sunglasses like your favorite French girl.

Graphic Tee + Oversize Blazer + Sneakers
how to style classic jean shorts

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@hannalhoumeau

This proves my theory that an oversize blazer will make anything you wear it with that much more polished. Case in point: throwing it over an otherwise casual look like this one.

Bucket Hat + Tank + Crafty Jewelry
how to style classic denim shorts

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@tamaramory

Lean into the vacation vibes (no matter your actual proximity to a beach) with fun-loving accessories like a bucket hat, crafty necklace, and straw bag.

Puff-Sleeve Top + Hoops
jean shorts outfits from French women

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@lenafarl

A pretty puff-sleeved top and classic jewelry instantly add style to even the most basic of jean shorts. Easy as that.

Woven Bag + White Tee + Flats
new denim shorts outfits

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@camillecharriere

There's something unexpected about wearing ballet flats with denim shorts, but this simple yet brilliant look proves it can be done.

Breezy Blouse + White Shorts
denim shorts outfits from French women

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@bonjourclem

When it's too hot to handle anything else, go for a billowy top and crisp white shorts and you have yourself an easy look. Pair with tan sandals and you're good to go.

Basic Sweater + Structured Bag + Flats
French jean shorts outfits

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@leiasfez

If casual comfort is your goal, save this easy 'fit for future reference. A structured bag and chic flats are really all you need to ensure a winning look.

Sleeveless Blazer + Chunky Jewelry + Mules
new jean shorts outfits

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@erinoffduty

A sleeveless blazer feels especially fresh for summer when paired with jean shorts and a basic top.

Belted Blazer + Low Heels
jean shorts outfits from French girls

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@lefevrediary

Whoever said jean shorts can't be chic, I give you this brilliant look that ties everything together with coordinating blazer and pumps.

Leather Shirt + Statement Heels
how French women wear denim shorts

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@louloudesaison

So you want to make your shorts look trendy, you say? Try out a leather shirt jacket and eye-catching printed heels for a very 2020 feel.

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