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Eight Ways to Wear Jean Shorts

I've been trying to share posts with multiple ways to wear a lot of my closet staple pieces this year, but there's one staple item I keep postponing: jean shorts! I wear them frequently from April through October and have dozens of outfit photos with them, but that was causing the problem. The thought of narrowing down what to share and how many outfits to recap was overwhelming so I just kept putting it off! But I did finally narrow it down to eight outfits to share today with some variety of dressed up to more casual styling. You may not be looking to shop for new shorts at this point in the summer season, but most of us still have weeks or months left of wearing them so I hope you don't mind a little in-season outfit inspiration.

ONE: Jean Shorts + Kimono

Last year I added a few kimonos to my closet and they really are a great summer layer. Lighweight enough to wear in the heat but provide a little extra interest to the outfit without adding much heat. For some reason this year I just haven't been wearing them as much, but digging up some old outfit photos with them is making me want to dust them off to wear a few times before summer ends!

TWO: Jean Shorts + Peplum Top

Most of my tops are basic tees and tanks just to give me more layering potential, but it's also nice to have a few "outfit maker" tops what work well on their own. Whether it's a print or lace detail or a peplum + some stripes like this top, it makes for very low fuss outfit styling and easy pairing with jean shorts.

THREE: Jean Shorts + Basic Tank +  Any Jacket!

Well this is my personal favorite combination and I could easily put together another post with multiple outfit ideas for shorts + basic tee/tank + jacket. This was a tough category to narrow down to just one outfit, but I chose this one since there's always a similar utility jacket style available. I like it because it's so easy to convert from a "wear at home" to "wear in public" version. At home I'll wear just the basic tee/tank and jean shorts. Then when it's time to go, I can throw on almost any lightweight jacket and add some nicer sandals. Provided I'm going to be mainly indoors wherever I'm heading, this is my go-to combo.

FOUR: Jean Shorts + T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

This t-shirt hoodie is a travel staple for me. I've taken it on every trip for the last two years, and I've ended up using it every time! I guess that's a little off topic, but I do love a low-fuss, basic jean shorts + t-shirt combo. If I'm doing just jean shorts + tee, I always like to add a little something else to the outfit to make it "me." When it's a short-sleeve tee I tend to do necklace plus a bracelet stack (like below). But in this case since it was long sleeves I went for a hat and fun earrings.

FIVE: Jean Shorts + Relaxed Tank
Striped Tank (Similar w/ more Sizes) | Similar Shorts | Sandals (c/o) | Similar Necklace | Earrings | Belt | Handbag (c/o) | Similar Bracelets

One thing I've learned from taking blog photos is that I'm really not crazy about how I look wearing just a fitted tank + jean shorts without another layer. On the flip side of that, you'll notice I generally favor a fitted layer when I'm wearing something over it like the jacket or kimono options above. But that's just me and my body type and personal preference! I think a fitted tank or bodysuit looks cute on other people. Regardless, if I know I'm really not going to want any kind of layer that day, I'll opt for a more relaxed tank like this one. And like I mentioned above, I might add a few extra accessories like a belt and jewelry for more interest.

SIX: Jean Shorts + Cami

If you've followed my blog for awhile, you know this used to be my #1 summer combo back in the days of the Barcelona Cami. But tastes and preferences change, and while I still like the look of a nice cami with jean shorts, I really burned myself out on wearing a strapless bra. These days I try not to purchase too many tops that require a strapless bra. But I do make the occasional exception since a nice cami is pretty versatile for going from daytime to date night (see this one styled for date night here). A cami + jean shorts really does look a bit nicer than a knit tank in my opinion, so if you don't mind a strapless bra, this makes for an easy, cute summer outfit.

SEVEN: Jean Shorts + Cami + Cardi

I can't talk about layering options for camis without mentioning cardigans! This is more of a fall transition look with shorts since I opted for ankle boots instead of sandals and chose a very fall-hued layer. I probably won't wear this exact combo for another month or two here, but if you want a good fall transition piece this cardi has served me well for a couple of years now. It's very lightweight and a fun way to add fall vibes in summer weather.

EIGHT: Jean Shorts + Blouse

Last but not least a classic blouse + jean shorts! I love the dressy/casual combo and the fact that it never goes out of style. It's easy to get caught up thinking we need to try all the latest trends, when in reality, we all probably have some classic pieces in our wardrobes that can give us a polished, put together outfit.

Here's one last look at all eight outfits in a Pinterest-friendly graphic:

I'd love to hear your favorite way to wear jean shorts! Do you have a go-to combo that's not on my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. These are all great ideas, thanks for the inspo! You wear jean shorts so well. I should try some of these ideas because right now I don't think I wear my jean shorts enough. My favorite look is with that peplum top - I adore that top!
    Have a great day Gina!

  2. I wear my jean shorts on repeat! You put together such cuteness with them. I do think they are so versatile not to mention, such a comfy Summer staple. Have the BEST DAY! xo

    1. Totally agree- they are my favorite summer staple!

  3. Yes! I love my jeans shorts and my favorite way to wear a slightly shorter pair is with a kimono or long cardigan. It just feels like a complete outfit to me. Love all the ways you style yours. Super cute!

    1. I agree- that extra piece really completes the look!

  4. I've been wearing my jean shorts non-stop this summer. Love all of this inspo! The outfit with the cami and long cardigan is the perfect fall transition and one of my favorites!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. Thank you Jill! I love pulling out that cardi in early fall every year. It's lightweight enough to actually wear when it's still wearm.

  5. Great post, Gina! So many wonderful outfits with jean shorts. I wear jean shorts 4-5 days a week in the Summer so it is always nice to find new and fun ways to style them. If I am not leaving the house, it’s basically jean shorts and a graphic tee. But when I am heading out, I like to add a fun topper of sorts, usually a kimono. I am loving all of your looks here!


    1. Can you believe I only have ONE graphic tee? I don't end up wearing it much because it's a crew neck. Sad.

  6. You look so good in your denim shorts! I love the outfit idea of the shorts and kimono - that's a staple for me over summer! I can't wait for warmer weather!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is going well! We have a day off today for the Ekka holiday, yay!

    Away From Blue

    1. Ooh lucky you! And yes, you have a great collection of kimonos from what I recall!

  7. Great post. I really do love seeing all the different outfit ideas. I know how much work these post are though... so many outfit changes.

    1. They are definitely time consuming! Thankfully they don't involve a lot of outfit changes at once since I pull photos from past posts! I generally just take outfit photos one at a time. :)

  8. I love my denim shorts! They are so comfortable and go with everything! You have some great inspirational outfits here. I just love the way you've layered light jackets and cardigans with your shorts!

  9. So many great outfit options for jean shorts! The long cardigan is one of my favorites. And, I am with you on the cami. These days I am just a style rebel and let my straps show. All for comfort these days! I hope you have a great Thursday!

    Daily Style Finds

  10. I do love a good pair of denim shorts- you are rocking the remixes here, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. I'm so happy you compiled this list for us to refer to! I've been wearing shorts daily for the past week because it's been over 95 degrees every single day! But I'm already bored because 1) I still don't love wearing shorts and 2) I don't feel like I have enough interesting tops to wear them with! I love kimonos too but haven't been reaching for them as often this Summer either. I will definitely pin this and refer back!


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