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Style Tips: Denim Shorts

With spring in full swing, it is time to turnover your winter wardrobe and break out your favorite spring/summer essentials. For those warmer months, nothing is more effortlessly chic than a great pair of denim shorts. Whether you are a blue jean baby, or you prefer a rock & roll-inspired black pair, this look provides a little something for everyone. As usual, we have taken a few style tips from our favorite celebrity muses to show us the way forward. With that, we present our April edition of Style Tips.


With spring in full swing, it is time to turnover your winter wardrobe and break out your favorite spring/summer essentials. For those warmer months, nothing is more effortlessly chic than a great pair of denim shorts. Whether you are a blue jean baby, or you prefer a rock & roll-inspired black pair, this look provides a little something for everyone. As usual, we have taken a few style tips from our favorite celebrity muses to show us the way forward. With that, we present our April edition of Style Tips.

STYLE TIP #1 / Wear lace-up jazz shoes and a slouchy jumper for a casual-yet-cool look: If one thing is certain about Kate Bosworth, it is that she is always true to her Californian roots, with outfits that are one-part breezy charm and one-part on-trend. To fashion your denim shorts a la Kate, we think that this Curved Hem Sweat ($36) from Topshop would look great with these Loose Rolled Shorts ($150) by Joe’s Jeans and Kimchi Blue’s Teardrop Oxfords ($48).

STYLE TIP #2 / Add a bohemian element to your look by pairing your shorts with a floral blouse and sandals: As always, Nicole Richie is faithful to her bohemian aesthetic, pairing a loose, ethnic-print tank with woven sandals and distressed denim shorts. The look is perfect for this carefree, hippie mama. We suggest grabbing Diane Von Furstenberg’s Finn Top ($225) and adding Forever21’s Destroyed Denim Shorts ($19.80) and a pair of Free People’s Folklore Sandals ($58).

STYLE TIP #3 / Give your outfit a grunge-inspired edge with DIY studs and a checkered button-down shirt: As always, Rachel Bilson keeps things young and fresh, pairing studded denim shorts with a checkered shirt and adding peep-toe flats for a hint of vintage inspiration. The result? A perfect, off-duty look that has her usual quirky-cool element. For a similar look, combine 7 For All Mankind’s Plaid Boyfriend Shirt ($94.99) with We The Free’s Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts ($70). A pair of Ralph Lauren Collection’s Haylee Open-Toe Flats ($158) will complete the look.

STYLE TIP #4 / Work the downtown vibe by adding a quirky tee, ankle boots and a streetwise attitude: Chloe Sevigny has become known over time for her “cool girl” style and this outfit is no exception. Her quirky tee gives her an edge, while the ankle boots add a hint of trend appeal. We like throwing Erin Wasson X RVCA’s Keep It Neil Tee ($54) over Urban Renewal’s Cutoff Denim Shorts ($28), then adding Pour La Victoire’s Brenda Ankle Boot ($202.12).

STYLE TIP #5 / Keep your nighttime look casual yet chic with a loose blouse and ballet flats: The lovely Bar Rafaeli knows how to work her off-duty look; she keeps things chic and down-to-earth with a breezy blouse and a pair flats that let her legs do the talking. For a similar style, we like Silence & Noise’s Rouched Sleeve Chiffon Top ($58) paired with Roxy’s Country Bumpkin Shorts ($39.50) and Jessica Simpson’s Leve Square-Toe Flats ($49.99).

STYLE TIP #6 / Dress up your shorts by adding a classic blazer and wedge heels: Our final style tip comes from Kate Moss, who we can always count on to provide us with an effortless look that oozes sex appeal without going overboard. Dallin Chase’s Duncan Blazer ($318) will start your look off perfectly, especially when paired with Current/Elliott’s Side Zip Short ($114) and Steve Madden’s Venomm Platform ($119.95).

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6 Comments

  1. anh

    April 9, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    great ideas on wearing denim shorts! i plan on cutting up some old jeans to make more denim shorts for this spring/summer.

  2. anh

    April 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    great ideas on wearing denim shorts! i plan on cutting up some old jeans to make more denim shorts for this spring/summer.

  3. Sherin

    April 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Denim shorts are definitely going to be a favourite of mine over the Summer. I love how Nicole Richie’s wearing her ones.

  4. Sherin

    April 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Denim shorts are definitely going to be a favourite of mine over the Summer. I love how Nicole Richie’s wearing her ones.

  5. Style with Benefits

    April 10, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    I love this post! Nicole & Bar are my favs. I’m on the hunt for shorts just like Chloe and Bar’s.

    xo, becs

  6. Style with Benefits

    April 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    I love this post! Nicole & Bar are my favs. I’m on the hunt for shorts just like Chloe and Bar’s.

    xo, becs

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