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.