3 Ways to Dress Up Your Denim Shorts This Summer

I don't know about you, but I basically live in my denim shorts in the summer. I can't be bothered to throw on a pair of jeans, and dresses are great, but there's only so many ways I can repeatedly wear the same floral mini dress.

Luckily, denim shorts are a staple that can be dressed up or down and no matter how many times you wear the same pair—mine is from American Eagle—the combinations are endless. Here's a look at three formulas I like to stick to, to make this wardrobe essential a bit more elevated and anything but basic. 

1. blazer + kicks

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The black and white blazer and beaded clutch make this outfit after-work drinks with the girls -appropriate. Just switch out the kicks for a pair of killer heels, and you're ready to go.

But, if you're like me, and your day-to-day consists of lots of running around (and inevitably, sweating), then the kicks and T-shirt—versus a cami, in case you need to peel off the blazer during a hot flash—is your best bet.

Wearing: Zara blazer, Mango clutch, Adidas sneakers, Aerie t-shirt, Céline sunglasses

2. fancy feet

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My answer to dressing up anything and everything: statement shoes that instantly make you feel more confident. Without the shoes, this outfit is as basic as it gets: stripe tee, shorts... But add the shoe and a lightweight trench jacket, maybe an embossed clutch for added texture, and voila! You're instantly summer chic and ready to hit up a rooftop shindig, or something. 

Wearing: American Eagle t-shirt, Target x Who What Wear jacket, Acne Studio shoes, Zara bag, Céline sunglasses

3. classics

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When in doubt, or when I simply don't know what to wear, I always rely on my classics. In this case, a crisp white button-front shirt—this one is especially cool with the bell sleeves. A silk scarf, colorful bag, and again, a statement shoe add color and make the outfit more interesting. 

Wearing: H&M shirt, Banana Republic bag, Zara shoes and scarf

photography by bri elledge

StyleRose Chevalier