12 Coolest Denim Shorts For the Summer

The best options to enjoy the warmest season in style.

As summers come and go, new trends and styles to keep your legs feeling cool and comfortable are introduced – but denim shorts arguably remain as some of the most popular choices for the season. This classic summer staple is a versatile no-brainer, perfectly fit for a walk by the beach or a rooftop dinner with friends. Take a look at some of our favorites:

Levi’s 501 Original High Rise Shorts- $69.50

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The utmost denim classic, the 501 shorts are dubbed the “first-ever jean shorts,” The versatile and functional style is now updated with a waist-defining high rise waist. Available at Levi.com.  

Madewell High-Rise Denim Shorts – $74.50

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These premium high-rise shorts may be inspired by vintage styles, but the sustainable care behind them is very much current: according to the brand, they are made using “supersoft” Tencel denim, with lyocell fibers derived from sustainable wood sources in a closed-loop process, combined with 81% cotton. Shop at Madewell.com

Reformation Max Mid Rise Relaxed Short – $78

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This light wash cut-out short comes in rigid denim to provide the wearer a tighter fit “in all the right places” while its more relaxed fit silhouette in the leg also makes it a super comfortable option. Available at TheReformation.com

& Other Stories Belted Shorts – $79

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These belted shorts are perfect for those looking for a style that is both utilitarian and romantic at the same time. This mid-wash & Other Stories short is made from organic cotton and features a tonal self-tie belt, along with duo slanted pockets and duo back pockets. Available at Stories.com.  

Boyish “The Monty” Short – $108

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Boyish’s “The Monty” relaxed high-rise denim short features a raw hem and comes in a pastel shade of lilac for a pop of color. The style is made from GRS-certified recycled cotton, also making it a sustainable option. Available at Boyish.com.

Ba&sh david. Shorts – $122.50 

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Ba&sh reimagines the classic cut-offs, now with zip closing at the front, raw frayed hem, and front patch pockets. The david. shorts are made from organic-sourced cotton and are available in off-white and black versions. Shop at Ba-sh.com

Agolde Criss Cross Short – $168

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One of Agolde’s most popular styles, these shorts feature the label’s signature criss-cross button front detail, adding a cool touch to classic summer looks. Find it on Agolde.com.

Ksubi Racer Short Smoke – $170.00

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To add a subtle rebellious touch to your summer look, go for the Ksubi Racer Short. This high-waisted fitted style is made from premium European rigid denim in a light grey vintage wash and features a cut-off hem, along with anti-silver hardware and little cross details with a graffiti-inspired motif at the back. Find it on Ksubi.com

Ganni Print High-waisted Shorts – $185 

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Ganni offers a bolder style choice with these tiger print-inspired shorts in pale yellow. The style features a relaxed high-rise silhouette with straight legs and is made of 99% certified organic cotton. Find it on Ganni.com.

Moschino Tie Dye Shorts – $284

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Made from 100% cotton, these denim shorts present a cool version of the acid wash style, now carefully applied as tie-dye shades at the waist and the hem – plus the label’s signature logo at the back. Find it on Moschino.com.

Acne Studios Denim Shorts – $220

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These rigid shorts by Acne Studios play safe with a classic silhouette made of cotton and featuring a stone-washed, black “overdyed” denim. Shop the style at AcneStudios.com.

MOTHER Denim “The Tomcat Kick Fray” Short – $228.00

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Described as MOTHER Denim’s bestselling high-rise short, this style comes with a hand-dyed wash, creating a one-of-a-kind cloud-like pattern. The short features a button fly and a frayed hem and is crafted from semi-rigid denim. Shop at MotherDenim.com.

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