This One "Ugly" Summer Trend Was Low on My Buy List Until I Saw These 7 Outfits


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Whether you like it or not, Bermuda shorts are back and better than ever. This once ill-fated '00s trend, often associated with Adam Sandler, has returned to the closets of fashion people everywhere. I won't lie; I wasn't into this trend at first. Sure, dadcore is a cool concept, and jorts are at the center of many model-off-duty outfits, but there's no way they actually look cool when real people wear them… Right? Wrong.

While scouring the internet for office-appropriate linen shorts and lightweight cutoffs, I kept seeing more and more fashion people embracing denim Bermuda shorts and looking chic. After digging up a pair from the back of my closet and taking them for a spin with a few re-created outfits I pulled from Pinterest and Instagram, I think I've joined the jorts fan club.

My takeaway? The key to an appealing Bermuda shorts outfit lies in proper styling. From polished French basics to It girl–approved accessories, there's a way to make denim Bermuda shorts look cool again. If that isn't something to celebrate, I don't know what is.

Browse my favorite denim Bermuda shorts below. Then shop for the components you need to style them.


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What you need: Denim Bermuda shorts, a graphic tee, and a beret.


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What you need: A boxy white tee, kitten heels, and black-wash denim Bermuda shorts.


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What you need: Bermuda shorts, a baseball cap, an arm cuff, and a striped cardigan.


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What you need: Colored denim Bermuda shorts, a white cropped top, and black booties.


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What you need: Extra-wide Bermuda shorts, a bomber jacket, a '90s headband, and oval sunglasses.


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What you need: A white tank, straight-leg denim Bermuda shorts, and moto boots.


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What you need: Sporty sneakers, denim Bermuda shorts, high-rise briefs, and an oversize sweatshirt.

Assistant Shopping Editor
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.)