Denim shorts can be traced back to the 1960's when people started to experiment with fashion as a way to to express themselves. But it was in the '70s when denim shorts really became popular because of the American show The Dukes of Hazzard. Daisy Duke, played by Catherine Bach, wore a pair of short tight denims in almost every episode. This coined the popular term, “Daisy Dukes.”
These shorts have changed a lot throughout the decades and the '90s introduced a longer version—AKA biker shorts! They also came in many different styles: ripped, rolled up, acid-wash and more. Despite how long it's been since these shorts have been on our radar they have stood the test of time because they’re such a versatile piece. With a climate as hot as ours we’re almost certain that every girl has at least one pair. Even celebrities and fashionistas alike love them too!
15 Stylish Denim Shorts Outfit Ideas
1. Oversized tie dye shirt + denim shorts
If you’re eyeing to wear something casual but fun, a tie dye top is enough to brighten anyone's day!
2. Scarf top + ripped denim shorts
Channel your inner hubadera by pairing your denim shorts with a silk scarf top. It cinches in your waist which is why the flattering cut works for anyone .
3. White puff sleeve top + denim shorts
If you’re looking for an alternative for the usual white tee and shorts. This dainty puff sleeve top is the perfect option to keep you feeling fresh all day.
4. Black long sleeve + light-wash denim shorts
We adore how a long sleeve black top brings a touch of elegance to a simple everyday outfit. You can even dress it up for a night out with friends!
5. Light blue halter top + denim shorts
For a cute but casual look, match your light wash denim shorts with a baby blue halter top for an easy monochrome ‘fit.
6. Flannel shirt + ribbed knit collar top + denim shorts + shades + flip flops
Despite living in a tropical country, layering is still quite popular. For a ‘90s inspired look, pair a light flannel polo on top of a knitted collar top. Of course, the outfit isn’t complete without a pair of black sunnies, flip flops and styling your hair in a low-hanging bun.
7. Black graphic shirt + black crossbody bag + black denim shorts
If you’re not so keen on color, an all-black fit is perfect especially if you’re leaning towards a cool grunge look!
8. Cropped sweater vest + high-waist denim bermuda shorts
Take a page from your grandpa's style book by pairing your white denim shorts with a red sweater vest. Accessorize the look by adding simple gold jewelry.
9. White tank top + leopard print cardigan + white baguette bag
If you want to achieve that Y2K aesthetic, don’t be afraid to elevate your basic white tank top with an animal print cardigan. A matching white baguette bag is the perfect finishing touch!
10. Cardigan (worn as a top) + true blue denim shorts
Not into tank tops? Wear the cardigan on its own! You can button it up or down depending on how much skin you’re willing to bare. One thing is for sure, it’s enough to keep you warm on a breezy day.
11. White crop top + White denim shorts + black belt
Since we mentioned an all-black look, we just had to include an all-white one, too! A white crop top, denim shorts, and a black belt sound easy enough!'
12. Long sleeve printed button-down + high-waist denim shorts + white sandals + beach bag
This beach girl fit still looks chic if you’re wearing it out in the city. Tuck in a loose fitting polo into your high waist shorts and match your bag with your sandals!
13. Gray blazer + black tank top + high-waist denim shorts + baguette bag
The key to a polished look is to add a perfectly oversized blazer to a black tank top and denim shorts. To tie in the whole look and carry around a zebra printed baguette bag.
14. Pastel green knit cropped top + denim mom shorts
Accentuate your figure with a tummy-baring crop top. Opt for pastel colors if you’re going for a more feminine look.
15. Bikini top + denim bermudas + slides + sunglasses
Want a legitimate “hot girl summer” look? Pair your modest denim cutoffs with a string bikini top and a pair of statement slides. This is the perfect look to sport at the beach, or a scorching day at home even with the AC on.
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