How Fashion Girls Are Styling Their Denim Shorts This Summer

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Summer is so close we can practically taste it. Rooftops and patios are calling our name, our summer sandals are itching for their very first outing of the season, and our denim shorts are begging to be taken out for their seasonal debut.

I’m already cataloging away potential summer outfits in my head, and with that, new ways to style my tried-and-true denim shorts. However, every summer, it doesn’t take long to feel like my denim short outfits are a little… repetitive. I know I can’t be the only one staring other people down in public to see what they’re wearing with their denim shorts. (Sorry, not being a creep! Just need some outfit inspo xoxo).

If you too are looking for a new way to wear your denim shorts, you’ve come to the right place. From with our new, unexpected favorite summer staple to with our go-to basics, we’ve rounded up all our favorite ways to style denim shorts this summer.


1. With a white tank and cowboy boots

When in doubt, combine a new trend with a classic one. If cowboy boots aren’t in your weekly rotation yet, they’re about to be. Don’t limit yours to the fall and winter; they look ultra-chic with a pair of cut-off denim in the warmer months, too. Throw on a simple white tank to complete the look.

A New Day

Ribbed Tank

11 colors available

Old Navy

Rib-Knit Tank

7 colors available


Tall Cowgirl Boots

6 colors available


Bovine Cowgirl Boots

4 colors available

2. With stripes and sneakers

Give your striped sweater a break for the season and pull out a striped tee or sweatshirt to wear on repeat. Combined with a pair of Converse, this outfit is perfect for getting coffee with a friend or being out and about on a summer day.


Box-Cut T-Shirt

13 colors available


Boatneck T-Shirt

2 colors available


Chuck 70 Vintage Shoes

13 colors available


Chuck 70 Recycled Shoes

10 colors available

3. With a blazer and dad sneakers

By now we know a blazer can go with anything, and that includes your denim shorts. Keep it casual by pairing it with your favorite sneakers, or take it from day to night by swapping your shoes out for heeled sandals instead.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Suiting Blazer

6 colors available


Tailored Blazer

5 colors available


Air Max Sneakers

10 colors available

New Balance

57/40 Sneakers

3 colors available


4. With a wrap top

Venture away from your shorts-and-tank combo and try yours out with a wrap top instead. It’ll provide a little extra oomph to your outfit, and make your shorts worthy of a date night or dinner out with friends—especially when paired with a chunky platform sandal.

5. With a graphic tank

Add a little *spice* some detail to a simple look with a graphic tank top. They’re easy to find (or thrift!) and are reliable on the days you want to look cute with minimal effort. With a raffia bag and your favorite sunnies, it’s a perfect, laid-back weekend uniform. 

6. With a white button-up

It’s a no-brainer that your white button-up pairs well with denim shorts, and the beauty of it is how much you can customize the look based on how you style it. Wear it buttoned-up and half-tucked for a look for a day out, or leave it unbuttoned over a bikini top if you’re headed to the pool or beach for the day.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Oversized Button-Up

7 colors available

Good American

Flap Button-Up

2 colors available

7. With a bell-sleeve blouse

If you’re yearning to make your shorts feel a little dressier, a bell-sleeve blouse is your best bet. It’ll give a ‘70s-esque, Daisy Jones-inspired effect to the look, which would pair perfectly with beachy, undone hair and a mid-July tan.

Princess Polly

Bell-Sleeve Top

2 colors available

8. With a bodysuit and a button-up

What’s this? Oh nothing—just our summer uniform, of course. A bodysuit tucked into denim shorts is a no-brainer of a combo, especially for a day when the temps are scorching. Combined with a button-up and raffia accessories, the duo is also made to be worn on vacation perfect (or if you’re pretending you’re on one). 


Square-Neck Bodysuit

18 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Tank Bodysuit

8 colors available

Abercrombie & Fitch

Linen Button-Up

8 colors available

Lane Bryant

Classic Button-Up

2 colors available

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