For some of us, digging out our denim collection has taken more persuasion this summer than ever. As we swing between comfy outfits and dressing for actual real-life events and occasions (remember those?), jeans have had to settle at the back of the closet—until now, that is. Jean shorts are making it easier to step back into the world of denim, and nope, we're not talking the usual cut-offs. It's all about longer hemlines this season.
The laid-back appeal of denim combined with the chic Bermuda length creates a hybrid that has really captured the imaginations of fashion people. Although it brings an air of nostalgia, the look feels fresh and versatile enough to wear around the clock. There are so many non-dated ways to style shorts this summer, and the long denim pairs are already being backed by insiders everywhere. It's not that short shorts and cut-offs are "out." It's just that there's a new kid on the block, and they deserve some attention.
The golden rule is to stick to an above-the-knee length. The look isn't culottes or leading into pedal-pusher territory. The effect can be effortless thanks to the extra coverage, and you can tailor the look to your preferred fit, from loose, baggy boyfriend styles found at the likes of & Other Stories, Arket and COS to Saint Laurent–approved skinnies.
Intrigued to know how to wear long jean shorts and where to find the best ones? We'll let some of the most stylish women show you the way…
Style Notes: Alyssa's combination of a cute blouse and heels makes for a good contrast against boyish denim shorts.
Style Notes: Dark denim has a place in summer wardrobes thanks to shorts. Grece sticks to a mono colour palette to keep the look more chic than skater.
Style Notes: Crochet + denim = a summer saviour. This easy outfit equation is one to copy from here on out.
Style Notes: Long jean shorts don't have to be touching your knee. Make like Abisola and go for an in-between Bermuda and hot-pants style.
Style Notes: Not a fan of baggy Bermuda legs? Take tips from Veronika with a skinny pair and let them be your summer soirée look.
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