One Item, Four Ways: Denim Shorts

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As college students, we have to deal with limited closet space and a limited wardrobe budget. Therefore, it's easy to become bored with the clothes we already have and fall into a fashion rut. But with a little creativity, it doesn't have to be that way! One Item, Four Ways is meant to help you make the most of the items you already have in your closet, making old pieces feel new again.

This week's item is a summer staple: a pair of denim shorts. Whether they're cutoffs made from an old pair of jeans, or a cuffed style you picked up in stores, chances are you have at least one pair in your closet.

To help you avoid a denim shorts rut, I've created four very different outfits, all incorporating the same pair of shorts. Read on to check out the looks and get inspired to remix these staples!

Outfit 1: Running Errands

first outfit using denim shorts


Shorts, Top, Tote, Bracelet, Earrings, Shoes

Who says you have to run your errands in an old t-shirt and flip flops? This outfit pairs denim shorts with a striped tee, because stripes make practically anything look a little more chic. Coral TOMS complement the top and make the outfit scream "summer!" A neutral tote bag and gold-toned jewelry finish off the look.

Outfit 2: A Day in the City

second outfit for exploring the city


Tank, Earrings, Bracelets, Bangle, Bag, Sandals

This outfit would be perfect for a day spent exploring the city, whether you're outside at the zoo or inside at a museum. Flat shoes are easy to walk in, and the colorful printed top and intricate jewelry add color to the look. Finally, a cross-body bag will store all your essentials while leaving your hands free.

Outfit 3: Dressed-Up Denim

third dressier outfit


Blouse, Necklace, Bag, Sandals, Belt

Your denim shorts don't only have to be paired with casual tops: The juxtaposition of a denim short against a fancier top can create some serious style, as evidenced by this outfit. Pair your shorts with a button-down and add some statement accessories, like this chain necklace and studded belt, and you've got an outfit that's casual enough for a day of shopping but still nice enough to wear to grab dinner with your friends.

Outfit 4: Summer Festival-Ready

outfit for an outdoor festival


Tank, Bandeau, Sunglasses, Ring, Sandals

Denim shorts look just as appropriate at an outdoor concert as they do running errands or catching dinner with your friends. By pairing your shorts with a sheer tank, worn with a neon bandeau bra underneath (an easy way to try out the neon trend), you're guaranteed to stay cool no matter the temperature. Accessorize with a fun pair of sunglasses and a cocktail ring.

What Do You Think?

What's your favorite way to wear your denim shorts? How do you stay inspired by the items already in your closet? What items would you like to see covered in "One Item, Four Ways?" I'd love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!