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Cute & Trendy Denim Shorts for Summer

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Cute and trendy denim shorts for summer

Spring is in full swing and summer fashion is right around the corner! While we love our skirts, dresses, and rompers for warm weather, there’s nothing easier to wear or style than a great pair of shorts. From classic chinos to stylish scalloped and lace options, there’s a short for almost every occasion.

Sometimes, however, it’s best to keep things classic with denim shorts. As all savvy CF readers know, classic doesn’t have to mean boring! Read on for cute and trendy denim short picks and outfit inspiration!

High-Waisted Denim Shorts

High waisted denim shorts
Product Information: Maura High Rise Shorts, Abercrombie & Fitch. Vintage Denim High Waist Shortie, American Eagle. Moto Denim Stripe High Waist Shorts, Topshop. Bridesmeade High Waist Denim Shorts, Jack Wills. Roxy High-Waisted Hotpants, Topshop.

A look popularized by the music festival and model-off-duty crowd, high waisted denim shorts are a trendy way to show off a great figure. Since this particular cut can show a lot of leg and tends to be fitted, make sure to watch the proportions on the rest of your look. Go for a loose-fitting tank or a baggy jacket layered over a fitted top for a look that’s subtly sexy.

Looks with bohemian roots also pair well with high-waisted denim shorts! Check out starlets like Alexa Chung and Nicole Richie for further inspiration.

Outfit idea: How to wear high-waisted denim shorts
Product Information: Shorts, Yes Style. Earrings, Charm & Chain. Necklace, H&M. Crochet Tank, Delia’s. Wedges, Wet Seal. Kimono Jacket, Topshop.

Colorful Denim Shorts

Colorful denim shorts
Product Information: Blue, Yellow, and Orange Stone Wash Denim Shorts, Aeropostale. Green Stretch Bull High-Waist Denim Cuff Short, American Apparel. Red Denim Shorts, Jack Wills. Pink Denim Shorts, Victoria’s Secret. White Denim Shorts, American Eagle. Black Denim Shorts, Tilly’s.

If you’re a fan of bold looks, colorful denim shorts might be for you! Easier to wear than their full-length counterparts due to less fabric, bright, colorful shorts will look great against a summer tan. There’s no better season to add a pop of color!

While celebrities have seemed to favor their skinnies in primary hues, spring pastels, rich jewel tones, and sassy neons are great alternatives for cropped varieties. Don’t want to make a huge impression? Try black or white denim for a look that’s eye-catching and on-trend.

Outfit idea: How to wear colorful denim shorts
Product Information: Shorts, House of Fraser. Blouse, ModCloth. Blazer, Ruche. Cuff, Target. Gladiators, Nordstrom. Ring, Topshop.

Classic Denim Cut-Offs

Cutoff denim shorts
Product Information: Distressed Denim Shorts, Yes Style. Distressed Denim Cut Offs, American Eagle. Ksubi Mid-Rise Raw-Edge Denim Shorts, Net-a-Porter. Vintage Frayed Denim Shorts, Runwaydreamz. Tie-Dye Cutoff Shorts, Alloy.

The ultimate summer classic, every college girl should have at least one pair of daisy dukes in her wardrobe! Super casual and somewhat vintage-inspired, this timeless staple can be worn on the beach, around campus, or dressed up with a fitted blazer and tights. The wardrobe possibilities are endless!

Aside from the fact that these shorts are a perennial favorite, their widespread popularity means that they’re not only easy to find year round, but also available at almost every price point. Find a pair you love and make the look your own!

Outfit idea: How to wear denim cutoffs
Product Information: Thigh High Socks, Punk. Shorts, Abercrombie & Fitch. Sweater, Tilly’s. Globe Watch Necklace, Unique Vintage. Riding Boots, Piperlime. Tights, H&M. Bandeau, Tilly’s. Tank, Madewell.

Your thoughts?

What do you think? Do you wear denim shorts in the summer months? What are your favorite styles? Any summer trends you’d like to see covered? Leave a comment and let us know!

Posted on on April 28, 2011 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “Cute & Trendy Denim Shorts for Summer”

  1. 1
    April 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    cool stuff!

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    April 28th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I love these! I practically live in denim shorts in the summer and was looking to buy a few new pairs, so this was right up my alley. My favorite styles are cutoffs because they’re always flattering. I can never get the high-waisted kind to look right on me!

  3. 3
    April 28th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love almost all of these except the cut-offs with the super frayed hems. It’s not like I don’t own a pair to wear to rock concerts and I definitely agree that they’re still in style, but I absolutely prefer the tailored, cuffed shorts on both myself and other women. It just looks more polished and put together.

  4. 4
    April 29th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    i love all those pastel shorts from aeropastle!! i wish i could afford to get one in every color! lol

  5. 5
    April 30th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    All these shorts are really short- I wish you would’ve showcased shorts for the ladies that don’t want to wear short-shorts.

  6. 6
    April 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    ^Didn’t mean to double-post- I didn’t see my original one up there like I do now!

  7. 7
    September 9th, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I love the outfit

  8. 8
    May 29th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This post is amazing and I am using it for inspiration for mine tomorrow – thanks!

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