Denim shorts are one of the easiest items in your wardrobe to style, and we are perpetually in awe of the way just a tiny flash of denim can makes your whole outfit 100% cooler. They’re obviously a wardrobe must-have during the summer months (and while on holiday), but they’re versatile enough to remain a mainstay when the temperature starts to drop again, too. In fact, some of our favourite ways to wear denim shorts are when we pair them with leather jackets.
Whether you favour a classic cut-off, raw, distressed and frayed finish or choose a smarter pleat-front style that you could wear to work (with a crisp white shirt) we have found 21 of the best pairs of denim shorts to covet this season.
Because sustainability is a priority, particularly when it comes to denim, these shorts should all remain in your wardrobe for many summers to come. But we do have to flag up 2022’s boldest new shape – the paper bag waist. Harking back to ’80s, these shorts offer a flatteringly loose leg (similar to mom jeans), and come up to just above your waist before cinching in with a tie or elastic ruching. Wear Miu Miu’s distressed style with heels or try AllSaint’s acid wash pair with some chunky biker boots or high-top fashion trainers.
If you’re looking for a pair of denim shorts to wear to work, then longer silhouettes, like Goldsign’s pleated pair or COS’s relaxed fit style look smartest. They’re both slick enough to pair with blazers, too, for that Princess Diana vibe.
If you’re off on your travels to a hot country, classic cut-offs are a must-pack. Stradivarius’ frayed white dad shorts would look great with a simple tank top. Frame’s Le Cutoffs would be Riviera-perfect with a Breton top and sandals and H&M’s light denim pair are ideal with a loose linen shirt and bikini top.