Denim shorts, or jean shorts, are, quite simply, shorts made from denim. They are just like jeans, only in shorts form. They come in a variety of lengths, styles, and colors, but all share the same casual, ‘school’s out’ vibe.
The original jean shorts were cutoffs, cut from a full-length pair of jeans, which produced their signature fraying hem. This style was popularized in the 1970s by the TV show Dukes of Hazzard whose female protagonist, Daisy Duke, rocked a particularly short pair. As a result, short shorts, especially denim shorts, are often called ‘Daisy Dukes.’ While cutoffs remain the classic, today’s styles, though sometimes made by cutting off an old pair of jeans, are more often denim that has been intentionally designed as a short.
Cutoffs, while wildly popular, aren’t the only variety of denim shorts available to women. While most styles have a raw edge, and somewhat worn, or distressed look, there are more tailored, rolled and cuffed options that bring a bit of sophistication to the denim short. Lengths range from ultra short ‘Daisy Dukes’ to knee length Bermuda shorts. High waisted jean shorts are especially popular, as they have a sort of throwback, vintage look, as are boyfriend shorts for an effortless, relaxed style. Jean shorts also come in a variety of colors. Black and white are standard, but pastels and prints are also widely available.
Denim shorts, cutoffs especially, keep it casual. We’re talking festivals, summer holidays, backyard BBQs, and beach vacations. The ultimate way to style a denim short is with a classic tee or tank, and boho or gladiator sandals. You can even try denim on denim, with a jean shirt or jacket. Don’t forget to accessorize your classic ‘jeans and a tee’ look with some fun jewelry and a statement handbag. And cool summer shades are essential!