As soon as June summer comes around, denim shorts become one of the first things I reach for when getting dressed. I know the instinct will kick in again this year, but when I searched for fresh outfit inspiration, I was surprised to see this warm-weather staple was losing favour. That's not to say that everyone has decided against them. However, French women, who have long been a source of style inspiration, seem to be putting them on the back burner. When I went to scan their recent outfits, I couldn't help but notice they were reaching for several alternatives to denim shorts—six items, to be exact.
Seeing as how French style is synonymous with effortless polish, it takes a lot for Parisians to set aside something as perennial as denim shorts. And yet the six fresh alternatives you're about to see here are definitely fitting the bill. From pyjama-inspired linen pants to tailored shorts, here are the items French girls are wearing on repeat this summer (and you might want to, too).
Our editors have taken note of this rising trend, spotting women across the industry tapping into it, French women especially. The striped drawstring trousers above are reminiscent of pajama pants. However, they look anything but homebound when paired with quintessentially Parisian items like ballet flats.
If French women are always polished, it's because they know to rely on tailored staples that do the work for them. In the warmer months, that means trading their tailored trousers for above-the-knee iterations that look just as chic.
Boxer shorts are back again this summer. They just couldn't be any easier to wear. French women are fans of wearing them as a set with a matching button-down shirt. It's low-key but still put-together.
Many French women are experts of keeping it simple, and nothing is as valuable to them as a black miniskirt. While they have one in rotation all year round, they've begun to replace denim shorts in elevated everyday outfits in the summer.