Styling Denim Shorts

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Short season is upon us, and to say we’re ready is an understatement. We mean those perfect-fitting raw hemmed denim shorts that are so worn but so comfy. Believe it or not, you can dress them up, dress ’em down, and pair them with all kinds of shoes. If you love to rock denim shorts all summer long, keep reading to discover a few of our favorite looks featuring a summertime staple.

A basic black top

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The contrast and simplicity of a black top tucked into some light wash denim shorts is chic perfection. To make this outfit complete, opt for a pair of woven slip-ons and some dainty layered necklaces. If you’re going for a more casual look, grab a basic black tee and pair the outfit with checkered Vans or Chuck Taylors.

Our pick: Everlane split-neck blouse, $40 (shop here)

A band tee

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Not only is summertime shorts season, but it’s concert season as well. Granted, COVID put a damper on concerts over the last year, but we’re hopeful things will be back to (somewhat) normal soon. In the meantime, we can still don our favorite band tees with, you guessed it, destructed denim shorts.

If you aren’t super emotionally attached to your band tee (we’ve all been to those life-changing shows with our gang), we highly recommend cropping, destructing, and bleach-dying it for a super edgy and fun look. But if you can’t bear to distress your tee, just french-tuck or knot it to give your outfit extra detail. Throw on your favorite pair of Chucks, Doc Martens, or Birks, and you’re ready to hit the open road for those front-row spots – or hit the living room for a virtual concert.

Our pick: Free People Rolling Stones tie-dye tee, $78 (shop here)

Crop top

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This look gets a gold star for being simple and trendy! Crop tops are huge right now, and, as fate should have it, they look amazing with distressed denim. The beauty of a crop top is you can opt for one with sleeves or without, solid color or a bold, bright print – the possibilities are endless. Layer your crop top with a lightweight cardigan and throw on some stackable rings and your Birks for a laid-back look. If stylish athletic wear is more your thing, throw on a cropped sweatshirt and your favorite sneakers.

Our pick: Urban Outfitters tank top, $34 (shop here)

A vibrant top

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What’s summertime without vibrant colors? Sure, you can work brights into your winter wardrobe, but they seem a little happier under the summertime sun. If you live for details, opt for a top with accent sleeves or ruffles and pair it with a nude sandal. Pair a bold pattern with a solid handbag and sandals to keep the attention on your top.

Our pick: Anthropologie peasant blouse, $128 (shop here)

An oversized button-down

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An oversized button-down shirt looks super chic with anything, even distressed denim shorts. You can opt for a plain white oxford, a solid color, or a patterned top. Opt to tuck your shirt in all the way, french-tuck it, or tie a knot in the front to give your outfit a little dimension. We love to pair a button-down with a platform sneaker or a flatform sandal.

Our pick: Madewell painter shirt, $79.50 (shop here)

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