As any fashion lover will confirm, shopping for high-quality denim shorts takes time – but once you hit the jackpot, you’ll find yourself wearing them on repeat. Few things feel as good as slipping into a comfortable pair of jean shorts on a warm day, and the right style will be one that’s versatile enough to take you from a morning coffee date to a beach picnic and beyond. To help you get a head start on updating your summer wardrobe, we shopped out 18 jean styles that are available in a variety of cuts and washes. You’ll find it easy to mix and match these pieces with everything you already own – whether that’s styling them with elevated sandals and a fitted top, keeping them casual with everyday sneakers and a tee, or working them over a bathing suit for a day trip to the beach. Yes, these options are all extremely versatile.
Our favorite selections come from coveted denim brands like Agolde, Frame, Abercrombie, BlankNYC, Mother, Zara, and more. From distressed denim shorts with rips that offering an asymmetrical, eye-catching touch to black, white, and printed options that keep things busy in the colorway department, keep reading to shop our picks for the best jean shorts to work into your wardrobe this season. And, seeing as that some of these jean shorts are affordable or marked down, you might even consider scooping up multiple pairs in different washes, bringing your closet even more variety once you’ve landed on a silhouette you really love.
– Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak