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Would You Wear… High-Waisted Denim Shorts?

The high-waisted denim shorts trend seen on street style fashionistas
Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3

Leg-baring season is finally upon us and there’s no trendier way to show off your gams than in high-waisted denim shorts. Although I don’t claim to be a fortune teller, I have a suspicion that these shorts will become go-to pieces in most college girls’ wardrobes this summer.

The simple fact of the matter is that high-waisted denim shorts (like regular high-waisted shorts) will get you many more style points than your rag-tag pair of daisy dukes. Even if you still like yours torn and fringed, the addition of a high waist to the shorts adds a bit more coverage and style. These shorts can be dressed up or down, and make legs look mile-long when paired with heels.

Add some color and pattern for a casual summer look…

How to wear high waisted denim shorts
Top – Dorothy Perkins, Shorts – Bebe, Shoes – Zara, Belt – Topman USA, Hat – Target, Scarf – Mango

Will you be wearing high-waisted denim shorts this summer?

Leave a comment below and let us know! How would you wear this trend? Do you think you’ll be investing in a pair?

Posted on on April 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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34 Responses to “Would You Wear… High-Waisted Denim Shorts?”

  1. 1
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Cute, but I’m too short :/

  2. 2
    April 24th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’m wearing a pair right now :) I’ve always loved high waisted shorts and skirts!

  3. 3
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    LOVE (but not the ones in the first picture) – i agree with Paula* on that one: Those ones are too short

  4. 4
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I actually have a pair of old Levi cut-offs that are definitely high-waisted. They’re nice and comfy, but I’m beginning to think that they’re a bit too…hipster?

  5. 5
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I love these! I usually wear mine with black or navy tights :)

  6. 6
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    It’s still max 5 degrees out, here :'(

  7. 7
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I made my own with some mom jeans but i cant get rid of the mom vibe! any ideas?

  8. 8
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I like them on other girls, but I just don’t have the body for it.

  9. 9
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I like them but they really only look good on girls who are thin and boxy

  10. 10
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I am too short and too curvy for these. Plus, I tried on a pair and it irritated my hip piercing a lot in addition to me feeling less than 100 percent in them.

  11. 11
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Yes! But I don’t like the 90s grunge type, I prefer the pin-up/sailor style. :)
    If you are too curvy it may not be very easy to pull it off, but it is possible!
    I’m short (5’2”) and I have a pear shaped body, but I still wear my dark denim, high-waisted sailor shorts and I think it looks good. :D
    Love them!

  12. 12
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I already do!! lol

    Really tho, I’m totally lovin that outfit inspiration!! :)

  13. 13
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m wearing a pair right now! I have denim and leather and high waisted bottoms have been my obsession as of late.

  14. 14
    April 24th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I like high-waisted shorts, but I’m still looking for a pair that actually look good on me. But the black ones in the outfit are not even high waisted…

  15. 15
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’m fairly short (5’5″) and very curvy and high waist-ed shorts look really good on me. I guess it depends what kind of curvy you are, but they can really draw attention to a small waist and help you rock a pin up girl style.

  16. 16
    April 24th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    My favorite trend right now! High-waisted denim can be pulled off no matter what your style.

  17. 17
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Ahh!! I love this trend! Especially with a button down sailor style!

  18. 18
    April 24th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Oh yes. I got two pairs from goodwill already. One I had to do some work with–distressing them and such, but the other pair was gorgeous already!

  19. 19
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    where’s the second photo from? there’s a mistake in the credits.

  20. 20
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I bought a pair from A&F two years ago and I’ve NEVER worn them since it wasn’t very “in” back then. Now, it still fits I’m afraid to wear them since they’re pretty high :/

  21. 21
    April 24th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    My daughter was just talking about these today and said she can’t wait to get a pair for summer. She suggested I get a pair too. I think I will, I remember high waisted denim shorts from a couple of decades ago and like them much better than the low rise ones that mean watching every time you bend if you wear a crop top. These are figure flattering and carefree.

  22. 22
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Please fix the link for the 2nd picture! The first picture is linked twice! Thanks!

  23. 23
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I’m glad I saw this because I just bought some of these and wondered how to wear them

  24. 24
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    i love high waisted shorts!! can you show more outfit ideas?!

  25. 25
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Yes I will!! Just got a pair or red high waisted shorts and denims next on my list ;) Great post!

  26. 26
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I’m an athlete and have hips and a short torso. High waisted shorts are great because I can just embrace my short torso!
    DIY by cutting up some 90’s mom jeans and pair with a tucked in sheer top.
    Sheer perfection;)

  27. 27
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Maybe I got something wrong, but aren’t the featured shorts technically not high-waisted? (even if it says so on the website) From what I see they’re still at hip level.
    The shorts I have are as high as my belly button, and I love how it looks.

  28. 28
    April 24th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Definitely already have two pairs!

  29. 29
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    these are worn by alot of hipsters on my campus… but i like the way the girls in the photo paired them :)

  30. 30
    April 25th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Not good for short torsos :/

  31. 31
    April 25th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love this look in pictures; haven’t had a chance to try it myself. Maybe! I’d definately be up for it if I saw any cute pairs around where I shop (or if I had any money to shop with right now… ;) sigh

    High-waisted skirts are also awesome.

  32. 32
    April 25th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I would definitely wear them. They look really great and are quite flattering. Can’t wait to get one :)

  33. 33
    April 25th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great post but wondering if you could fix the links of the first photos shown! I really like the 2nd girl’s style and would like to see her look book :)

  34. 34
    April 25th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    The link has been fixed! Sorry for the confusion, everyone.