The One Accessory Alexa Chung Uses to Elevate Denim Shorts

There are certain fashion staples in every woman's wardrobe that, for better or for worse, will likely never go out of style. One of the big ones? Denim shorts. Most of us have owned quite a few pairs of them in our lifetime, from the Bermuda styles of yesteryear to more refined high-waisted pairs. Jean shorts have come a long way over the years, and luckily forward-thinking new ways to style them have come alongside their transformation.

When it comes to a casual summer piece like this, it helps to look to our favorite cool-girl style stars for fresh takes on how to wear them. Alexa Chung, one of our favorite It girls, stepped out in New York wearing a pair of cutoffs styled in the most chic way. While she kept most of her look simple with a fitted tee and her ever-present black ballet flats, the way she really elevated the ensemble was by adding an on-trend Western-inspired belt. The big belt buckle and detailed studs added an extra level of interest to this otherwise casual outfit that truly made it something else. 

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What do you think of Alexa's look? How do you style your jean shorts for summer? Tell us about it in the comments below!