Printed Denim Shorts

Though all shorts are part of our summer repertoire, we find that printed pairs lend our ensembles an extra punch of personality. Whether they're covered in a floral, ikat, or optical design, printed shorts pair easily with a plain t-shirt or tank top for a laid-back, off-duty outfit. However, if you've allotted most of your summer funds for music festivals and weekend getaways (ahem), have no fear. We've gathered our favourite printed pairs Under $100 that won't break the bank!The Inspiration
If you're ever stumped on where to cull style inspiration, look no further than Emma Roberts' ensemble at Coachella earlier this year. The actress paired Nightcap Clothing's Diamond Crochet Bodysuit ($176) with Lavish Alice's wallet-friendly Floral Denim Hotpants ($38), then piled on accessories such as Vanessa Mooney's African Vintage Necklace ($174) and Cage Rosary ($75). The result is a bohemian-inspired ensemble that looks summery and effortless, even in the hot desert.

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Billabong Tempe Shorts ($54) in Dandelion
The cool thing about Billabong's zigzag-print pair is that it's a mash-up of both sexy and athletic details, perfect for a day at the beach. Subdue the dizzying optical pattern by slipping on a monochromatic, low-maintenance blouse or sweater!

Roxy Sun Skippers Jean Shorts ($45) in Blue Black Print
Roxy's classic jean shorts get a mod makeover by way of a '60s floral print. Dress this pair up with a menswear-inspired oxford shirt and strappy wedge sandals.

Simply Short Santa Monica Shorts ($90, available June 30th) in White
You didn't think we'd forget to include an animal-print iteration, did you? We love Simply Short's abstract take on the trend. For a casual GNO ensemble, pair these shorts with a tucked-in silk button-down and ankle boots!

bebe Icon Ikat Print Denim Shorts ($50)
Ikat is an amazingly versatile print, which is why we highly recommend bebe's bright, non-basic version of a denim short. Depending on how you style it, this tribal print goes from low-key bohemian to evening elegant with the change of a shoe.

Free People Floral Printed Denim Cutoffs ($68)
Strategically-placed shredding gives a sweet pair of big-bloomed floral shorts an edge. Wear these with a solid-coloured top in a shocking hue to enhance the bold print.

Topshop Moto Printed Hotpants ($68)
If you love a leggy look this season, Topshop's high-waisted hot pants are a chic way to show off your gams. A retro print reminiscent of '50s gas stations balances out the thigh-high cut. We suggest covering up on top with a t-shirt and lightweight blazer to keep your outfit sophisticated.

Blank Denim Cut Off Shorts ($78) in Nucleus
While jean cutoffs with frayed hems are an indisputable summer must-have, we suggest giving your go-to pair a time-out in favour of Blank Denim's paint-splattered version. Channel cool girl nonchalance when you team the shorts with a silky tank top and combat boots.--Tiffany Tse

Photo of Emma Roberts, courtesy of Fame Flynet Pictures.