Nothing says summer like denim shorts. As versatile as they are stylish, they are synonymous with festivals, trips to the beach and lazy days in the park. And the best thing about them is that they never go out of fashion – those ripped Daisy Dukes that you bought ten years ago will still look fresh today, as long as you pair it with the right accessories.
Wearing denim shorts is easy. The challenge is knowing what to wear them with. So we’ve put together some tips on how to wear denim shorts all summer long...
Wearing Denim Shorts With a Hawaiian Shirt
Every summer brings with it a quirky trend that no one saw coming. And this year, it’s the Hawaiian shirt. Just the right side of tacky, these brightly coloured shirts are loud and proud, so they need to be paired with a neutral, laid-back outfit. Denim shorts and jeans are pretty much the only options.
Wear yours open and billowing with denim shorts and a swimsuit for a stylish beach cover-up. Away from the beach, wear it tucked into a pair of high-waisted denim shorts with a pair of flatforms and you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.
Wearing Denim Shorts With Crochet
Coachella was full of crochet this year, from embroidered crochet bralettes to wide-gauge waistcoats. Celebrity fans include Vanessa Hudgens (who always wears crochet with her trusty denim shorts), Jourdan Dunn, and Emma Roberts – who all wore it with their favourite ripped jean shorts.
Crochet looks amazing against denim and it is such an easy look to pull off. All you need is an artistically ripped pair of jean shorts, vintage crochet and the perfect Instagram filter. Complete the boho vibe with a fringed bag, loose hair and bare feet.
Wearing Denim Shorts With Whites
You can tell Wimbledon is approaching when the stores suddenly fill up with tennis whites. From bright white plimsolls to gleaming polos and crisp white shirts, there’s no shortage of options if you want to take on fashion’s most high maintenance trend.
Denim and white is at the same time both casual and sophisticated – the sort of combination you’d wear to a fancy BBQ or an afternoon of punting. Choose a light wash denim, and keep the rest of your colour palate to a minimum – a tan belt and matching sandals is all you need to finish off this look, although heeled ankle boots can also work.
Wearing Denim Shorts With a Bodysuit
American Apparel might be gone, but its legacy lives on across the High Street. Plain coloured bodysuits have rapidly become a must-have basic for a whole generation of hipsters. They can be layered under chiffon or crochet, or worn 90s style à la Kendall Jenner, with high waisted denim shorts and a simple choker.
Wearing Denim Shorts With a Gingham Shirt
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – gingham is the new plaid. Whether you opt for red and white checks, blue and white checks or black and white checks, there will be no getting away from the trend this summer. Luckily, gingham is the perfect match for denim of any description – black denim, acid-washed denim or all-American blue denim. Choose a peasant-style top or a classic gingham shirt tied at the waist and wear with heels or cowboy boots for that Americana feeling.