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I love denim shorts for summer—it’s a classic that can be dressed up or down, and these jean shorts women adore are refreshing and so versatile!
Best Jean Shorts for Women
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Who doesn’t love cute denim shorts for the summer! I personally adore sliding on a pair with a white tee or sleeveless top and my fave sandals. (Don’t forget those sunglasses too!)
Feeling summery in my H&M Black Denim Shorts, Wallaroo Victoria Fedora, and Birkenstock Daloa Sandals
Womens jean shorts have come a long way, gone are the days of heavier fabrics and cotton blends are a lot more lightweight.
While I don’t always bring a pair with me on trips, on the occasions I do for summer getaways, they’re super versatile for lounging around, hanging at the beach, or enjoying a fun day of exploring.
Check up a round-up of some reader faves!
Summer Ready Denim Shorts Women Love
Shop Sizes 6-24: Amazon
Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Women’s Denim Shorts
I feel like nobody can go wrong with comfortable denim shorts like this rolled boyfriend style by Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. These have a “natural” fray, with a high mid-rise, and come in three cute colors and up to plus size. Nor are these stiff due to the soft cotton, and elastane blend.
Users say this womens denim short is “breathable, roomy, and have great stretch”. Really, a staple like this can dazzle any of your fave summer tops!
Shop Sizes 16-26 Plus: Amazon
Lee Plus Size Jean Shorts
Bermuda jean shorts are always popular for summer days and nights. This one is made from a combination of cotton, polyester, and spandex so there’s a bit of stretch to them.
Described as “Very soft, and they have a lot of stretch to them, but still have structure.,” these beauties are mid-rise and they’re a dark wash which means they can be spruced up with a pretty short-sleeved blouse and dressy flip flops, or a casual top and slip-ons. This is a stellar option as plus size denim shorts, offered in sizes 16-26 plus.
Pair these reader recommended travel shoes with your denim shorts!
Shop Sizes 12-26: H&M
H&M High Waisted Denim Shorts
H&M’s women jean shorts are cute and casual but can totally be dressed up, too. These shorts are perfect for women with curves and are mega fashionable as well.
Their blue jean shorts are high waisted, with a small foldover cuff, mock front pockets, functional back pockets, and such a flattering fit. The cotton has a hint of stretch for comfort, too!
Shop Sizes 23-37: J.Crew
J. Crew White Denim Shorts
These J.Crew white jean shorts are crisp, chic, and beyond versatile! Made of high quality, 100% cotton, they’ll wear in amazingly well and feel comfier and comfier over time. Their white color is a nice departure from standard blue denim, too.
If you want the best womens jean shorts, this brand is a TFG-reader bonafide favorite. These shorts will polish up nicely for a beach club party or seaside cocktail hour. They come in sizes 23-37.
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Shop Sizes 20-40: Amazon
Mid-Rise Levi Jean Shorts
I couldn’t do a list of my faves without including a pair of Levi denim shorts. They’re a classic brand with an amazing history and they’re still going strong today. Wearers describe them as classy, soft, and dang comfortable!
This Levi jean shorts womens style is super cute, made of polyester and cotton, and come in a tons of colors, and you can buy them from several retailers. A true summer go-to when paired with a tank, tee, and sneakers or sandals.
Shop Sizes 24-33: Nordstrom
1822 Denim High Waisted Jean Shorts
These black denim shorts are simple and versatile, with a flattering, high waisted fit. This pair will look just as great sauntering along the beach as it will trekking through an urban jungle!
They have a hint of stretch for lasting comfort, and you can keep the hems folded or roll them down for a bit more coverage. Overall, super cute for women that love short jean shorts!
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Shop 0-30: Old Navy
Old Navy Denim Shorts
These Old Navy jean shorts are a bit ‘90s inspired, with a straight leg and a dark wash, and wearers report that the mid-rise waistband is super comfy.
Reviewers also say the length isn’t too skimpy, and the rolled-up cuffs add some polish. Soft with a bit of stretch, these really are flattering for all shapes and sizes, with an attractive price tag to boot!
Shop Sizes 0-16: Nordstrom Rack | Amazon | Kut from the Kloth
Kut From the Kloth Distressed Denim Shorts
These comfy-looking distressed bermuda jean shorts have a “worn” in, casual vibe with frayed edges that would wear well on a summer vacation.
These fairly cheap denim shorts still have quality elements such as stretchy cotton-spandex fabric and durable stitching. Wearers say these fit well, are comfortable, and great for curvier figures.
Wear a fitted classic white tee or dress up with a lightweight linen button-down top and sandals.
Shop Sizes 00-18: Amazon | Nordstrom | Kut from the Kloth
Kut from the Kloth Womens Frayed Denim Shorts
This frayed edge jean short has a modern, cool feel and a perfect true blue color like this looks more expensive, yet these are well under $40.
So simple with a straight fit and mid-waist, you could pair these fashionable denim shorts with a button-down chambray for a chic, casual appearance. And don’t forget some sassy espadrilles!
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Shop Sizes 23-33: Nordstrom | Madewell
Madewell Relaxed Cut Off Jean Shorts
Slouchy and effortlessly cool, these highrise jean shorts from Madewell are a must-have if you like your shorts a bit edgy. They have a super comfortable fit, and while their raw-edged hemline adds to their laid-back look, their black wash elevates them!
Available in sizes 23-33, wearers say these high rise denim shorts are “versatile and comfortable.” Venture out with these wearing a tank top and sneakers to dress casual, or a linen peasant blouse and strappy sandals to dress them up.
Best Denim Shorts Womens Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Summer Ready Denim Shorts Women Love|
|Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Women’s Denim Shorts||“Breathable, roomy, and have great stretch.”||Check Price|
|Lee Plus Size Jean Shorts||“Very soft, and they have a lot of stretch to them, but still have structure."||Check Price|
|H&M High Waisted Denim Shorts||These shorts are perfect for women with curves and are mega fashionable as well.||Check Price|
|J. Crew White Denim Shorts||These shorts will polish up nicely for a beach club party or seaside cocktail hour.||Check Price|
|Mid-Rise Levi Jean Shorts||A true summer go-to when paired with a tank, tee, and sneakers or sandals.||Check Price|
|1822 Denim High Waisted Jean Shorts||This pair will look just as great sauntering along the beach as it will trekking through an urban jungle!||Check Price|
|Old Navy Denim Shorts||Soft with a bit of stretch, these really are flattering for all shapes and sizes, with an attractive price tag to boot!||Check Price|
|Kut From the Kloth Distressed Denim Shorts||These fairly cheap denim shorts still have quality elements such as stretchy cotton-spandex fabric and durable stitching. Wearers say these fit well, are comfortable, and great for curvier figures.||Check Price|
|Kut from the Kloth Womens Frayed Denim Shorts||So simple with a straight fit and mid-waist, you could pair these fashionable denim shorts with a button-down chambray for a chic, casual appearance. And don’t forget some sassy espadrilles!||Check Price|
|Madewell Relaxed Cut Off Jean Shorts||“Versatile and comfortable.”||Check Price|
With Wanderlust Wrap, Adea Tank Top, Yosi Samra Flats, and Rebecca Minkoff Bag
What to Wear With Jean Shorts?
If I’m on a short getaway and have my comfortable jean shorts with me I’ll usually pair them with a stylish, yet walkable sandal or flat and revolve one to three tops with it: a tee, a tank, and a dressier sleeveless blouse. Sometimes, I’ll also wear a wrap for chillier evenings if by the sea.
I tend to like the frayed denim shorts style but overall, any jean shorts featured in the list above are so versatile.
Rocking my H&M black Denim Shorts with FARSAYS Crochet Top and these cool A.S. 98 Siggs Boots (almost sold out)
Depending on the weather (some summer days are hotter than others), a denim shorts outfit can be uber casual with a classic t-shirt, airy tank top, a 3/4 length shirt, comfortable slip-on sneakers or some stylin’ flip flops.
Ladies denim shorts can take on many activities, from very light trail hiking or park walks to market and urban exploring. You can add jewelry, hats, belts, light jacket or wrap, and your favorite bag to imbue more interest. (Again, never forgot those sunglasses to top off your summertime look!)
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With Merino wool top and Encircled Scarf
For dressing up, high waist denim shorts have a bit more sophistication, which looks amazing with an elegant draped top and some sandal wedges.
Essentially, womens blue jean shorts can almost act like a neutral, one that’s classic and instantly recognizable.
Overall, it’s about playing with colors, styles of tops and shoes, and then coming up with denim shorts outfits that make you feel as good as you look!
Traveling With Denim Jean Shorts? Here’s How to Pack Them
If you’re planning a getaway with your cute jean shorts, packing cubes will change the way you pack. I designed my own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where I’ve packed everything—even my summer shorts!
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped me travel carry-on only!
What is your favorite denim short for women? Share your top pick below!
For more women’s shorts, please read:
- Stylish Summer Shorts for Women: Must-Have Vacation Essentials
- Cute Summer Shorts for Women: 8 Trends to Buy Right Now
- Should You Wear Shorts in Paris…Ever?
- Get Creative! DIY Denim Shorts for Women
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What about casual capris for women 60+ years who don’t want to run around with not—so-lovely knees!? Also other summer styles, blouses, etc that won’t be snug even for women of average weight. Thanks!
Hi Katherine, thank you for reaching out. Have a look at this article where we feature a range of different options for shorts including different lengths: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/summer-shorts-for-women/
Then for blouses and other tops we have a wide range of articles featuring different styles, you can check them all out here: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/category/fashion/travel-clothing-for-women/travel-tops/ Hope this helps!