The Denim Trend Fashion People Are Swapping Short Shorts For

July 26, 2021 at 05:18AM

For some of us, digging out our denim collection has taken more persuasion this summer than ever. As we swing between comfy outfits and dressing for actual real-life events and occasions (remember those?), jeans have had to settle at the back of the closet. Until now, that is. Jean shorts are making it easier to step back into the world of denim, and nope, we’re not talking the usual cut-offs—it’s all about longer hemlines this season. 

The laid-back appeal of denim combined with the chic Bermuda length creates a hybrid that has really captured the imaginations of fashion people. And although they bring an air of nostalgia, the look feels fresh and versatile enough to wear around the clock. There are so many non-dated ways to style shorts this summer, and the long denim pairs are already being backed by insiders everywhere. It’s not that short shorts and cut-offs are “out”, it’s just that there’s a new kid on the block and they deserve some attention.

The golden rule is to stick to above the knee— the look isn’t a culotte or leading into pedal pusher  territory. The effect can be effortless thanks to the extra coverage and you can tailor the look to your preferred fit; from loose, baggy boyfriend styles found at the likes of & Other Stories, Arket and Cos to Saint Laurent-approved skinnies. 

Intrigued to know how to wear long jean shorts and where to find the best ones? We’ll let some of the most stylish women show you the way…

Style Notes: Alyssa’s combination of cute blouse and heels makes for a good contrast against boyish denim shorts.

Style Notes: Dark denim has a place in summer wardrobes thanks to shorts. Grece sticks to a mono colour palette to keep the look more chic than skater. 

Style Notes: Crochet + denim = a summer saviour. This easy outfit equation is one to copy from here on out. 

Style Notes: Long jean shorts don’t have to be touching your knee, make like Abisola and go for an in-between Bermuda and hot pants style. 

Style Notes: Not a fan of baggy Bermuda legs? Take tips from Veronika with a skinny pair and let them be your summer soirée look. 

Because white denim is a summer staple—just stay well clear of coffee.

Acid wash is always going to be a firm favourite for those off-duty, easy-dressing days. 

Hello, hero shorts. With a T-shirt or a slinky cami top, this rich indigo pair can be dressed up or down.

Shorter than a Bermuda and longer than denim cut-offs, these are perfect for petites. 

Beige lovers rejoice—these & Other Stories winners are about to re-spin all your summer wares. 

These will look so damn good with a racer vest, flatform sandals and a shoulder bag. 

Delivering all the 90s vibes, this raw hem style will look just as good with clean kicks as it will with heeled sandals. 

Of course Saint Laurent is backing the cycling short version, and we approve.

We can always rely on Raey for loose-fit denim. Case in point: These dream shorts. 

If in doubt, team with a classic white T-shirt and trainers. It will never fail. 

Classic, timeless and ready to worn for brunch, birthday parties and everything in-between. 


Dive into the deep end with bubblegum denim. You won’t regret it. 

This skinny pair will be the perfect companion to a white shirt and chunky sandals. 

Opt for an ecru jean pair and be prepared to wear them again, and again, and…you get the idea. 

Dress up distressed denim with a sleek oversized blazer, mules and a glossy grab bag.  Next up, 5 affordable trends London girls are loving this summer.

Author Harriet Davey | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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