Warm Summer days are the norm come August, so accordingly, we're showing you how to update a pair of basic denim shorts with a cool Aztec print. We saw tribal and Navajo patterns at Mara Hoffman for Spring 2012, inspiring us to re-create this look for ourselves. In today's DIY, we're adding a vibrant print to our favorite go-to cutoffs: watch to see how it's done! On Allison McNamara: Topshop dress.
In today's DIY, we're showing you how to make the perfect pair of denim cutoff shorts to wear now and through Summer. It's simple; all you need are a pair of jeans, scissors, measuring tape, and a marking pencil. Follow our quick and easy steps and you'll have your own pair of frayed shorts in no time! On Allison McNamara: BREN top and shorts, Low Luv x Erin Wasson rings.
While grabbing lunch in Studio City, Rachel Bilson stuck to her simple yet snazzy style in a black tee and these Current/Elliott denim shorts ($178) with exposed striped pockets. Her new white Chanel bag, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and these ShoeMint leopard booties ($80) also accompanied her casual cool LA style. If you've been looking for new denim shorts to spend Summer in, we recommend Rachel's pair — the striped exposed pocket detail will make you stand out among a sea of denim cutoffs. As for her leopard booties, they'll take you from Summer to Fall flawlessly, so they're definitely worth the buy.
Alessandra Ambrosio was beachy perfection, rocking a colorful OndadeMar triangle bikini ($182), white denim cutoffs, and white Wildfox Couture shades ($210) in Malibu over the weekend. The model mom accessorized her bold bikini with drop earrings, a double wrap necklace, and orange nail polish. Work her exact teeny two-piece and exact sunglasses with these white distressed denim cutoffs by Citizens of Humanity ($158) for a day at the beach, then layer on a neon tank for lunch at the local bar and grill.
Denim shorts are a warm-weather essential, so with Summer in the mix, we've rounded up the best celebrity denim shorts looks for you to draw inspiration from. Here are three we particularly love: Selena Gomez in a pair of Blank NYC denim shorts with a peach top, Ashley Tisdale looking crisp in her white blouse and cuffed denim shorts, and Miley Cyrus sporting mini denim cutoffs with basics like a white tee and black cardigan. There are so many more celebs who have worked denim shorts for day and night, so check them out, and then shop similar shorts you'll want to live in all season.
With Summer unofficially at our door, it's time to revive and refine our denim shorts lineup. If you're like us, you practically live in them on the weekend, and let's just be honest, these shorts make their way into our weekday wardrobes too (given they come paired with a great wedge sandal). Take this season's printed obsession and penchant for dip-dyed hues and brighter than bright neons, along with more classic cutoffs and boyfriend silhouettes, and you're in for some seriously eye-catching shorts. And when your denim is doing the statement making, you can take a low-key approach to styling. Throw in a slouchy white t-shirt or a crisp button-up; add an embellished pair of high-tops or slick black sandals, and long story short? You're ready to go. Click through the slideshow below for our editors' most coveted pairs of denim shorts. From pretty lavender-tinged floral designs to patchwork pockets and high-waisted versions, there's definitely a pair in there just for you.
While taking a stroll with daughter Apple in London, Gwyneth Paltrow achieved an effortlessly casual look that's perfect for Spring and Summer. She paired this Boy. by Band of Outsiders sleeveless blue pintuck blouse ($193, originally $275) with Current/Elliott white denim The Boyfriend shorts ($138) — pocket linings strategically exposed — tan suede sandals, a canvas tote, sparkly pendant necklace, and black retro shades. It's an unfussy look and one that stands out for its kick-back, cool vibe. To get Gwyneth's London look for your next city stroll, buy her exact blouse and shorts to pair with your white denim shorts, flat sandals, and blacked-out shades.
Taylor Swift stepped out in Brentwood working Joe's Jeans denim shorts in tapenade ($128), a white Joe's Jeans tie blouse, tortoise Elizabeth and James cat eye sunglasses ($185), and Coach's black Court bag ($258), creating the perfect daytime look. The singer further accessorized her sleek style with black bow flats and her signature red lipstick. Channel your inner starlet by pairing your mini denim shorts with a white blouse and classic accessories for a day at the farmers market or work darker hues — like this fierce black peplum Amanda Uprichard blouse ($130) and sky-high pumps — for a night on the town.
Living in California can make for some pretty baffling weather patterns –– one week you're at the beach, and the next you're in a rainstorm. Fab reader –– and fellow California girl –– crystaljill used this seasonal confusion to her advantage by finding a cute way to mix and match her Summer and Fall pieces. She belted a pair of slouchy denim shorts, layered up with a flowered blouse and cardigan, then added cream-colored over-the-knee socks and lace-up heels. She's staying chic while enjoying the sunshine.
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Denim boyfriend shorts are still the rage; I just picked up another pair. Mine are dark, but these AG Adriano Goldschmied Ex Boyfriend Shorts ($165) are good if you seek a lighter version. They have just the right amount of bagginess without looking masculine. Since this trend is so hot, there are many cheaper options. Let's go see one.
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