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The Denim Shorts to Add to Your Capsule Wardrobe

Denim cut-offs from Mango, Zara, NA-KD and more.

Last Updated on July 15, 2021

The sun has been hibernating lately, but the welcome upcoming heatwave means it’s the perfect time to invest in a pair of denim shorts.

They’re one of the first items you think of when curating a capsule wardrobe and there are so many pairs on the high street right now that deserve their place in your closet. While mini skirts might be trending, teeny tiny shorts are a thing of the past. Now, bermuda shorts are everywhere, offering more coverage if that’s what you’re after.

Of course, at Wear Next we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident. Wear them however you want, but if you’re looking for advice, we can offer that too.

For summer dressing, the pairing of denim shorts and a plain white tee is unrivalled. Feeling the cool breeze coming in? Put on a blazer and dressier shoes and you’re ready for chic girl spring. When it’s really cold, tights and chunky boots can help you to pull them off.

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Denim shorts have been a staple for off-duty model looks since the ‘90s. Kate Moss used to wear them all the time, particularly at festivals. In recent years, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid have been spotted wearing them relentlessly too.

How can you evoke the same vibe? Finding the right pair. It can be a tricky challenge, but I promise it’s going to be worth it when you’ve found your go-to shorts.

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One of the few things to take note of when looking for the best denim shorts is the material. It’s best to pick something that doesn’t stretch too much since you want to keep wearing the pair for years to come. Durable denim is the way to go.

Another thing you should pay attention to is the sizing. Wear Next has a nifty guide on finding your size in jeans but it can pretty much work for denim shorts too.

Reviews are a good place to look at as well when scouting for the best pair for you. And, of course, looking at curated lists like this helps too.

On that note, here are the best denim shorts I’ve found for you — perfect for summer 2021 and beyond.

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Warehouse Organic Cotton Denim Longline Shorts

Organic Cotton Denim Longline Shorts, £23.40, Warehouse – buy now

Arket Denim Shorts

Denim Shorts, £45, Arket – buy now

Weekday Dandy Denim Shorts

Dandy Denim Shorts, £23, Weekday – buy now

Zara Denim Bermuda Shorts

Denim Bermuda Shorts, £19.99, Zara – buy now

Spark Cut Denim Shorts, £55, & Other Stories – buy now

Organic Raw Hem High Waist Shorts, £28.95, NA-KD – buy now

Sammie High Rise Relaxed Jean Shorts, £80, Reformation – buy now

Relaxed Denim Shorts, £45, COS – buy now

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