How to Wear Denim Shorts

a vintage splendor wears vintage levis shorts

If there’s anything other than a lightweight dress that is a summer staple, it’s denim shorts. While it’s an easy piece to throw on with a tank and flats for a beach outing, I love mixing it up for more of a dressed up look. My tips on how to wear denim shorts are:

  1. Add a silk or flowy top. If your shorts on the shorter side, balance out with a top that has a bit more fabric, but is still breathable for the hot summer days.
  2. Add in an unexpected shoe. Trade in the flip flops and opt for clogs, wedges, or a kitten heel mule to dress up your shorts. I love the juxtaposition of frayed denim with a more feminine shoe.
  3. Top if off with a bold lip. For the summer months, I love a bright orange or a peachy coral.

All three will take your denim shorts from weekend beach casual, to something that is perfect for drinks with your bae or a lunch date with the girls. This look reminds me of something Carrie would have worn in SATC right? I always loved the way she mixed vintage pieces in with her Manolos (these mules were a thrift store find – unworn!). One final tip is be a bit modest – no cheeks hanging out from those shorts.

Wearing Vince silk blouse, vintage Levi’s shorts, Manolo Blahnik mules, vintage Chanel bag, and Miu Miu sunglasses.

Pictures by Stefanie

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  1. June 19, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Love how you styled this, babe! Great tips too!

    xo Lacey

  2. June 19, 2017 / 8:43 am

    These are such great tips. I always try to “sophisticate” my cut off shorts and your tips will help me in the future. My favorite is the kitten heel tip…perfect to rock to the shorts out for date night or with the girls!!


  3. June 19, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Love those shorts on you and the chic way you styled it!

  4. June 19, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    This look is so chic! I love all of it! Great Post! šŸ˜Š

  5. Dawn
    June 19, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Love your high waisted shorts! You look cute!

  6. June 19, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I typically opt for tighter fitting short styles but you are totally making me want a looser, distressed pair. Love how you styled the shorts!

  7. Emily
    June 20, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Denim shorts are my FAV in the summer– love the ones you’re wearing!

  8. June 20, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    i love the denim shorts! they look so good on you!

  9. June 20, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Sucha cute look!!! I love those shorts they look super comfy!!

  10. June 21, 2017 / 6:25 am

    These cutoffs are everything! So perfect for summer

  11. Antonymous
    May 15, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Hi, just found your blog, but I like your style, but I’d say many styles. Kitten heel mules are indeed making a comeback this year, but you seem to like many kind and variation of mules and slipons which is a nice touch. Are they a staple of your wardrobe in a way? Indeed this comeback has them mostly paired with jeans and pants, that’s my impression, unlike early 2000’s which included more skirts. Also nice daring this variation with shorts which are often suggested against pairing them with heels, by many fashion “rulers” and I don’t see how such tip can be more than a safe and cautious guideline for beginners which is fine, but which can definitely outgrown (:.
    Will you try these shoes with more outfits? I saw another look where you paired them with a long dress. I think it’s great to reuse clothing sometimes, that’s why (:.
    See you soon and sorry if I disturb.

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