24 Jean Shorts For Summer 2022


Your calendar is stacked with beach days, barbecues, and weekend getaways—occasions that require a wardrobe that’s equal parts versatile and cute. One summer staple you don’t want to overlook is the ubiquitous denim cutoff. The best jean shorts are easily styled in multiple ways, making them the ideal item to throw in a carry-on suitcase when you have limited room.

“Denim shorts exist in a unique space because you can pop them on in the morning barefoot with a bikini top and head to the beach, and then wear them to dinner or a gathering with a belt, a great button-down, and a simple sandal,” says Brigette Deshais, vice president of women’s design at AYR. “There’s a reason denim shorts never go out of style: They go hand in hand with how we love to spend our summer days.”

Part of what makes denim shorts a must-wear for summer is the wide range of options available depending on what best fits your style and needs. Distressed designs can be ideal for casual daytime settings, while something high-waisted with a tailored fit has an inherently dressier feel (perhaps even for the office). If you’re looking for something particularly trendy this summer, “it’s about a longer inseam denim short,” suggests Deshais. “I think we’re going to see less Daisy Duke-length denim shorts, and a more relaxed fit overall—shorts that sit slightly lower on the waist, and give more coverage to your bum and thighs.” Ahead, shop the 24 best jean shorts for summer—whatever your plans may be.

Best Distressed Black Shorts

Cutoff Denim Shorts

These go-with-anything black shorts are the ideal style to pair with sandals or sneakers.

Best Bermuda Shorts

Emilie High Rise Jean Shorts

Look for Bermuda shorts that hit mid-thigh for a relaxed, cool aesthetic that offers a bit more coverage.

Best Patchwork Shorts

Dagmar Denim Mini Shorts

Not a fan of traditional button flys? This style is zipper-only—easy!

Best Colored Denim Shorts

Trouser Shorts

If you want an alternative to your usual blue jeans, try these buttery yellow shorts instead.

Best Elastic Waistband Shorts

Ames Shorts

Don’t stress about the waistband: This style is elastic so it will move comfortably with you.

Best Plus-Size Distressed Short

The Bombshell Short

Cutoffs are a summer must-wear. This style has just the right amount of distressing.

Best Embroidered Jean Shorts

Frayed Embroidered Denim Shorts

Brighten up your summer style with these embroidered jean shorts from Brazilian label Farm Rio.

“I love that these are a bit longer and roomy at the bottom but still high waisted. They hit all my musts in a denim short,” says BAZAAR editor at large Kerry Pieri. “I wear them with maillots and button-downs all summer.”

Best White Shorts

The Juuust Riiight Shorts

White shorts will keep you cool and look polished all at once. The medium rise is great for styling with button-downs and tees.

Best Paper-Bag Waist Shorts

Logo-Print Paperbag-Waist Denim Shorts

These high-rise denim shorts will stand out from the crowd thanks to the bold logo print.

Best High-Waisted Black Shorts

Denim Cutoff Shorts

Simple black shorts are a great base piece when building a summer outfit. The mid-thigh length offers just enough coverage.

Best Carpenter Shorts

Baggy Carpenter Jean Shorts in Delemere Wash

With the popularity of carpenter pants, test the trend out in shorts form as well.

Best Knee-Length Denim Shorts

Knee-Length Denim Shorts

For even more coverage than a Bermuda short, try these long shorts that rival a culotte length.

90’S Short Mid Rise Loose Shorts

“This pair is just like Agolde’s editor-beloved ‘90s pinch waist jean, but much more appropriate for summer,” says Halie LeSavage, fashion commerce editor.

Best Plus-Size White Shorts

Vintage Bermuda Jean Shorts

These casual shorts may seem simple, but they’re especially easy to style in a dressier fashion. Just swap in a blouse and heels.

Best Mom-Approved Jean Shorts

Ozzie Cutoff Shorts

“Joe’s Jeans is one of my favorite denim brands of all-time, so it’s no surprise I keep a few of their shorts in my summer wardrobe rotation,” says Tiffany Dodson, associate beauty commerce editor. “Not only is this pair extremely comfortable and highly versatile, but they’re also short without being too short—my mom even approves of their length.”

Best Tie-Dye Shorts

Tie-dyed Denim Shorts

Don’t shy away from bold colors. These denim shorts will surely make a statement.

Best Beachy Denim Shorts

Le Grand Garcon Short in Hideway

The distressed hem on these shorts gives them a relaxed, beach-appropriate vibe. Throw them on over your favorite bikini.

Best Light Wash Denim Shorts

Blue Denim Shorts

During the summer months, light-wash denim is the way to go. These shorts are ideal for daytime with a pair of lace-up sandals.

Helena Destroyed Boyfriend Shorts

If you prefer jean shorts that resemble a traditional cut-off style, try these with a frayed hem.

Best Patch Pocket Denim Shorts

Patch Pocket Shorts

These ’70s-inspired denim shorts feature a high rise and front patch pockets. Try pairing them with a floaty blouse to complete the look.

Best ’90s Bermuda Shorts

Twizzy Shorts

Constantly searching for the perfect pair of mom jeans? Meet them in shorts form. The longer fit and high-rise add vintage touches while the light wash is versatile.

Best Whiskered Denim Shorts

Charlotte Denim Shorts

For light-wash shorts that still have an elevated feel, opt for these. The stiff fit and whiskering make these ideal for dressing up with loafers or a low-heeled sandal.

Best Low-Waist Shorts

’90s Low Slung Shorts

Ready to embrace the emerging low-rise trend? Start with these light-wash shorts from denim brand Re/Done. They are unfussy, with a relaxed fit and rough hems.

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