The Best Jean Shorts for Women to Wear All Summer Long

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Shorts supporter or not, you can’t deny the ease of a pair of denim cut-offs in the summer. Finding the best jean shorts, however, can be overwhelming. Similar to a pair of jeans, you have to consider the combination of cut, length, rigidness, and wash in order to find the perfect fit and style. Thankfully, there are plenty of shorts cut every which way from which to choose.

Whether you pair them with sneakers and a t-shirt or a blazer and heeled sandals, jean shorts are pretty versatile, making for quite the effortless summertime uniform to be dressed up or down. For something simple yet classic, a-line shaped shorts with finished hems feel polished while also nodding to the ’90s mom short. While distressed cut-offs feel just right slipped on with a bikini top for a day at the beach. A built-in belted pair can bring you from day to date night, and a dip-dyed or bright-hued wash bodes well for the camp counselor trend that seems to be coming back summer after summer.

Whether you prefer Daisy Duke-worthy short shorts to more minimal silhouettes in knee-grazing lengths, there’s something for everyone—even the non-shorts wearer might be convinced!

Here, find 28 pairs of the absolute best jean shorts for women to wear now and all summer long.

Midi Magic

A not too tight, not too loose a-line silhouette that falls perfectly on the middle of the thigh, a no-fuss version of the classic straight jean short.

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Everlane the A-Line denim short

Cos straight-fit denim shorts

Madewell Momjean short in Ainslie wash

Agolde criss-cross denim shortsYou’re Cut Off

Rigid yet worn in, these distressed denim shorts are complete with raw edges and stringy frayed hems, achieving the ultimate laid-back look.

Agolde Parker vintage cut-off shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Sophia denim shorts

7 For All Mankind Monroe cut-off short with exposed buttons in Pisces blue

Moussy Vintage Shirley distressed denim shortsShort Shorts

Hot days call for high hemlines. If you dare to wear mini-shorts, consider pairs from Khaite, Rag and Bone, Re/Done, and more.

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Rag & Bone Maya high-rise shorty shorts

Khaite Charlotte mid-rise denim shorts

Raey Rivet cut-off denim shorts

Summer Daze

While true blue denim is synonymous with Americana-inspired summer fashion, these colorful spins on the jean short feel on par with the fun, carefree vibe of the season.

Saint Laurent baggy tie-dye denim shorts

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Mother Shaker Prep short-short fray

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Mango high-waist denim bermuda

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Stella McCartney tie-dye denim shortsGo Long

The Bermuda-length short is here to stay. If you’re a fan of the knee-grazing style, you’ll find really good options from Frame, Citizens of Humanity, Gap, and Zara.

Citizens of Humanity Ambrosio shorts

Frame high-waist raw-edge denim bermuda shorts

Gap 9-inch high-rise denim bermuda shorts with WashwellBelted

For a jean short that’s pre-styled, consider a pleated pair or one with a paper bag waist, topped off with a coordinating belt or tie.

Michael Michael Kors belted pleated denim shorts

& Other Stories belted denim shorts

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Closed Airi paperbag-waist denim shorts

Ulla Johnson Alec belted denim shortsNo Time to Waist

Some of the season’s best jean shorts are revamped versions of the classic. Whether it’s cinched, features crossover detailing, or double waistbands, these shorts make an effortlessly cool and subtle statement.

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Levi's women's high-waisted mom shorts

R13 crossover distressed denim shorts

Veronica Beard Jaylen notch-waist Short

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Ganni dark indigo denim high-waisted shorts
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