Denim shorts: two words that scare the living daylights out of most women. Notoriously unforgiving, the humble denim short my be a perennial item in the summer wardrobe but finding the right pair can feel like a mammoth task. Especially when the majority of styles available are of the hot pant/ denim knicker variety. Not only are these unbelievable uncomfortable, they serve little purpose beyond Coachella or a beach club in Ibiza.
However, thanks to a new breed of denim shorts, longer and looser in style, this item has become a lot more wearable. These new grown-up denim shorts can be worn at home, on holiday, and even in the office if your work dress code is so inclined.
Considering the current heatwave shows no signs of slowing down, this is perfect timing. As much as we love a floaty summer dress or a pleated midi skirt, adding denim shorts into the wardrobe mix opens up a whole new realm of outfit options. Simply choose a pair with a longer cut and looser fit, and look for darker washes, belt detailing or additional tailoring .
Keep it casual with a slogan tee and trainers or dress it up with a peasant blouse and lace-up espadrilles. Or, for a smarter and potentially office-appropriate look (assuming you don’t work in a corporate environment), style with a blazer, a silk shirt and block heels.
See our favourites in the gallery below...