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4 Foolproof Ways to Dress Up Your Denim Shorts

What’s not to love about denim shorts? They’re super comfy, casual, pair with all of your favorite tops for an easy summer outfit—basically, they’re a summer outfit staple. As much as we love them, it can be challenging to style them in a way that reads more “polished” rather than “lazy day at the beach.” The trick is all in the details—to dress them up, try adding one piece, like a blazer or heels, that elevates the entire look—and can make even ripped denim look perfectly polished!

1. A little lace


Adding a bit of feminine lace to any look can dress it up in an instant—and this rule definitely holds true for jean shorts too! To keep it subtle, a classic button down shirt with a peekaboo lace bra works perfectly. Layered necklaces add a bit more luxe on top, while flat strappy sandals keep you from looking like you tried too hard!

2. Just add heels


The fastest way to make those cutoffs look a little more sophisticated? A killer pair of heels, of course! Here, less is definitely more. To make the look work, a streamlined ankle strap heel in a bright color is the way to go. A blousy cami adds to the dressy vibes, without being too buttoned-up for summer!

3. Top it off



Topshop blazer




Miss Selfridge black shoes




Any outfit featuring jean shorts can be instantly elevated by a blazer! The contrast of structure in the blazer paired with laid-back jean shorts is super chic. Any color works, but we love the pop of blush pink in this look!

4. Tuck in a blouse


Baby doll top



High-waisted jean shorts
$14 – yoins.com



H&M espadrilles shoes
$23 – hm.com




Ultimately, for a simple outfit, just try tucking in a blouse to your favorite pair of shorts! The dressier look of the blouse and the tucked-in silhouette look way more fashion forward than just a basic tee. Leopard print flats and an elegant necklace pull the look together.

How do you wear your denim shorts in the summer, collegiettes?

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo.