best denim shorts of 2021!

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denim shorts summer outfits

What would summer be without that cool girl essential–denim shorts! Denim shorts, especially raw hem & slightly distressed, are raging hotter than ever this summer, and we are needing an update! After trying on tons of denim cutoff styles, we’re happy to say we’ve found the best denim shorts ever! It’s a relief actually to find shorts you feel confident in and comfortable wearing. Keep scrolling to see our top picks!

our denim shorts picks!

black denim mid-thigh

I’m wearing more black for spring/summer than ever before, and recently, I’ve been on the hunt for black denim shorts to coordinate with my cute black sandals and other wardrobe pieces! This button-fly pair from Levi’s is the winner! I love the chewed hem and mid-thigh length. Julie and I are the same height, but we have different body types. I’m very straight up and down with not a lot of difference between my waist and my hips. A lot of high-waisted denim shorts I was trying on pinched me too much at the waist and flared out too much at the hips. This pair fits in all the right places! This style comes in other denim washes, too! Pretty tempting!

shorter distressed denim

My summer life is very casual, with days spent working at home or on our boat cruising the Puget Sound. I had two old pairs of denim cutoffs in my drawer, one very fitted inexpensive pair and one pair that was a castoff from my daughter’s high school wardrobe! Time for an update lol! I tried on several pairs that were fails–too short, too fringey, too tight, not the right wash, not flattering at all!

These Agolde denim shorts hit ALL the right notes, and the minute I put them on I knew I wouldn’t find anything I loved better. The slightly curvy fit works a miracle–where other shorts made me feel self-conscious, these gave me an instant confidence boost. They’re super flattering on the leg and come in two different lengths. Their top reviews show I’m not the only one that loves them! I’m wearing the longer length and sized up to a 26 for more of a boyfriend fit.

longer distressed denim

I love this pair of denim shorts from Citizens of Humanity! These shorts are high-waisted, but they don’t pinch in at the waist. They fit me well through the hips, and I love the Bermuda (but not too long) length! In addition, they have the perfect amount of distressing. This outfit is very “me” – I love wearing a fun black top and sandals with faded denim. It’s an easy on trend color combo! This is going to be one of my favorite summer outfits!

shorter white denim

all white shorts outfit

Ok, I’m going to risk sounding redundant, but when you find something THIS good, you buy it in multiples! These are the same Agolde denim shorts that I’m wearing above, but in white. Why reinvent the wheel, right? 🙂 White shorts rank right up there with my favorite blue denim shorts styles and I love that these aren’t see-through or too tight. Once again, I chose the longer length and sized up to have a slightly looser fit.

denim shorts summer uniform!

graphic tanks with white denim shorts

White denim shorts are also a summer staple! In this picture Julie is wearing the same white denim shorts pictured above, and I have on the Kut from the Kloth “Gidget” short. The “Gidget” short is more of a mid rise, and they are shorter but definitely not too short. I love the raw edge!

These outfits represent one of our go-to summer uniforms–a graphic tee, cool denim shorts and on-trend slides. All of these shorts we’ve shown are made to flatter no matter your body type. See you while we’re living the dream poolside in our favorite denim shorts!!

xoxo Julie & Krista

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