Jean Shorts Outfits: 6 New Ways to Style This Summer Essential


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This post will show you how to wear jean shorts, with six jean shorts outfits to suit every style.

If there’s one piece of clothing that’s a must-have during the summertime, it’s jean shorts.

This quintessential summer style never goes out of fashion, and is a go-to option when you’re trying to beat the heat.

Because they are so versatile, there’s really no wrong way to wear jean shorts. They have endless styling possibilities, which range from casual to dressy. You can wear them with just about anything in your wardrobe, including basics and statement pieces alike.

If you’ve been wearing jean shorts all summer though, you may be out of ideas on how to style them by now. We all can hit styling ruts, especially towards the end of a season! That’s why I’ve come up with six jean shorts outfit ideas for different styles and occasions to give you some fresh outfit inspiration.

Read on for my jean shorts outfit ideas, with options for daytime and nighttime wear, featuring trendy and budget-friendly pieces.

Jean Shorts Outfit #1: Chic & Dressed-Up

Try dressing up your denim shorts with a sleek black blazer for a chic look that would be especially perfect for a night out on the town.

I had Hailey Bieber in mind when putting this outfit together, since she’s been known to rock jean shorts with blazers and heels. The key to nailing this street style look is opting for a blazer with an oversized fit, which gives it a more fashion-forward appearance.

Under your blazer, you can wear anything from a simple t-shirt to a cute crop top. This black ribbed crop top features a high crew neckline, which is ideal for showing off your jewelry. A gold chain necklace will really pop against this dark base layer.

Thong sandals have made a major comeback this summer, and this square-toe pair with an asymmetrical heel look super high-end.

For a final eye-catching touch, carry a zebra print faux leather shoulder bag to give the outfit a pop of print.

Jean Shorts Outfit #2: Varsity Vibes

Channel a varsity-inspired vibe with this casual, on-trend outfit idea.

Sweater vests are a cool, current trend you can pair with jean shorts, and this brown cable-knit sweater vest has a fun, retro vibe to it.

Keep the look laid-back with some ripped jean shorts and white low-top sneakers, which match the sweater vest’s white contrasting trim and are a wardrobe essential.

A graphic print tote bag is a cute way to stash your belongings, and this one features a color palette that complements the rest of the look, along with a positive message. Plus, it’s under $10!

This jean shorts outfit is comfortable but still makes a stylish statement.

Jean Shorts Outfit #3: Monochrome With a Pop of Color

Of course, jean shorts come in various denim washes, and summer is the perfect season to rock some white jean shorts.

I love the idea of a monochromatic white look with a bold pop of color in the form of a crisp, oversized button-down shirt.

Start with some ripped white jean shorts with a white seamless tank bodysuit and some flat white faux leather sandals. Then, add color in with a bright pink (or whatever color you like) poplin shirt with an oversized fit.

Accessorize with some chunky white sunglasses and a trendy pearl choker necklace, which features small pink and red beads, to bring the look together.

You can also dress this outfit up with a pair of strappy heeled sandals if you prefer.

Style tip: leave the shirt unbuttoned so that the full outfit is visible! A button-down shirt also makes for a great lightweight layer to wear on a chilly summer night.

Jean Shorts Outfit #4: Laid-Back Cute

For a cute, laid-back look, you can’t go wrong with a lightweight shirt and some flat leather slide sandals.

This olive green button-down short sleeve top is made from an airy fabric and has a classic feel to it. Wear it tucked into a pair of high-waisted mom-fit jean shorts, which are especially comfortable thanks to their looser fit.

Accessories like round metal sunglasses and a rattan circle crossbody bag help elevate this simple outfit into a stylish, summertime-ready outfit.

Jean Shorts Outfit #5: Floral & Feminine

How fabulous would this outfit be for brunch with your friends or a date night?

Pairing high-waisted jean shorts with a printed ruched crop top makes for the perfect mix of casual-meets-cute. The top’s floral print, puff sleeves, and sweetheart neckline give it a sweet, feminine look.

This pair of off-white lace-up sandals with a short block heel are dressy while still being wearable day or night. They also feature a square toe footbed, which keeps them looking modern.

Accessorize the outfit with some thick gold hoop earrings and a woven raffia clutch bag, which is super summery and has an adorable fringe trim detail.

Jean Shorts Outfit #6: Trendy Meets Edgy

For an edgier look, opt for some black jean shorts, combat boots, and an oversized band t-shirt.

These black lace-up boots with lug soles add a toughness to this outfit, which you can wear as we head into the fall season, too. Ankle boots with shorts are a look I like to wear during the month of September, when the weather cools down a bit.

Be sure to add in trendy details like a claw hair clip and some retro-looking aviator sunglasses with colored lenses to take this outfit to the next level.

What do you think of my jean shorts outfit ideas?

Would you wear these outfits? Which outfit is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!


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