Our Favorite Denim Shorts for Summer


I have loved denim shorts for years.  They’re so easy to dress up or down and so comfortable . . . especially if you find a pair that have the perfect amount of stretch.  I wasn’t willing to give them up this summer and the maternity ones just weren’t doing it for me (tight panels/ballooning fit/just awkward and uncomfortable all around).  So, I just sized up on my favorite pair and crossed my fingers.  My sister-in-law, Amber, is pretty much the opposite.  She hasn’t worn shorts in years . . . preferring adorable maxi dresses that look amazing on her.  BUT . . . I had to get her on the denim shorts train.  I was convinced she’d love them as much as I do if she tried them.  So I ordered her a pair of the same favorites, in my usual not-pregnant size (10 . . . I’m usually a 28 and size up to a 10 for that perfect slouchy fit) and had her try them.
So, the result?  We both loved them.  She agreed they’re super comfortable AND flattering.  They aren’t short-shorts but they aren’t awkwardly long and mom-ish.  They have stretch, so there’s no stiffness or breaking them in.  In the past I’ve loved dressing them up with sexy button-ups and fancy sandals (love those, btw), but this summer I’m all about the comfort so I’ll be sticking with my Birks and comfy tops.

On Amber (right):

AE Midi Shorts: Wearing size 10, usually size 28

Sweatshirt: Wearing a medium (in light grey . . . also available in black here)

Bralette: I love this . . . full coverage, light support, super comfy and in a fun tropical print. Amber’s wearing a medium.

Sanuk Yoga Joy Sandals: Seriously, you need to feel these sandals.  Like walking on a yoga mat all day long.

Earrings: Our favorite lightweight earrings from Nickel & Suede – this pair goes with everything.

On Me (left):

AE Midi Shorts: Wearing size 12 (usually size 28 and 10s in these but sized up for the BELLY).

Sweater: Size M, this is my favorite kind of sweater for summer . . . thin, lightweight and perfectly drapey.

Earrings: Loving this pop of color – and lightweight!

Sandals: Wearing 7-7.5 narrow . . . Birkenstocks are super comfortable as always.

Bralette: My new favorite, has slight padding – wearing size medium.




  1. Thank you, Scotti! You guys look so cute. I’ve been meaning to pick up some denim shorts for summer, and
    you guys inspired me to do so!

    Thanks also for the great tip on the bralette. LOVE the option of the slight padding (most bralettes don’t have that). Just ordered the shorts, bralettes and a few other things from AE too, thanks to you and Amber!

  2. Cute! Are you wearing the large size earring from Nickel & Suede? I’m always afraid they’re going to be overwhelming, but they look really cute on you!

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