6 Mom-Approved Ways to Style Your Denim Shorts

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denim shorts

Although denim shorts are definitely a summer wardrobe essential, they can be very hard to get right. It’s difficult to find a pair that fits well, is flattering, and most importantly, is comfortable to wear (no one wants to deal with constantly tugging them down, am I right?). And then once you do find a pair you love, they can be hard to style.

Personally, I am beyond thankful that the denim shorts that are on-trend this year are longer, more relaxed, and generally more comfortable to wear. I searched high and low to find the best jean shorts on the internet—and I rounded up six unique pairs that are editor-approved, reader favorites, and affordable, too.

Whether you want to stick to a classic look (like in outfit #2) or get out of your comfort zone and try something a little more trendy (like in outfit #3), these looks will help you to look cute and feel good in your denim shorts throughout the rest of the summer.

Keep scrolling for six mom-approved ways to style your denim shorts.


1. Relaxed denim shorts: with an oversized graphic tee and belt bag

shorts / graphic tee (under $15) / sandals / belt bag / sunglasses

(psst… all of the accessories in this look are on Amazon Prime!)


2. Black denim shorts: with a striped tee and white sneakers

shorts (only $30!) / tee (under $10) / sneakers / backpack /

sunglasses / hoops


3. Paperbag waist denim shorts: with a sweater tank and chic accessories

shorts / tank (50% off) / sandals / tote (on sale!) / sunglasses /

necklace (Etsy find!)


4. Distressed denim shorts: with an oversized button-down and slide sandals

shorts (reader favorite!) / button-down /

sandals (summer best-seller) / bag / necklace


5. White denim shorts: with a puff-sleeve top and light-colored accessories

shorts (on sale!) / top / sandals (under $25) / bag / earrings


6. Medium-wash denim shorts: with an eyelet blouse and espadrille sandals

shorts (only $35!) / blouse / sandals / hoops / scrunchie

(psst… this entire look is from Old Navy!)

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