Nothing says summer like a pair of good old-fashioned jean shorts. The warm-weather version of your everyday denim serves as a staple piece for beach days, date nights, weekend brunches, and wherever else the season takes you. But if tiny Daisy-Duke-style cutoffs feel a little too, well, tiny, fear not. You can still rock a pair of classic cutoffs; you just need the right pair — one that hits around mid-thigh. Here, a few of our favorites.
A leg lengthening version like these Madewell The Perfect High Waist Denim Shorts ($78) is just frayed enough to look relaxed but not sloppy. Their clean wash makes them just right for pairing with a bathing suit or a button-down.
Get a little bit of rugged distressing with these Mother Proper Distressed Denim Cutoff Shorts in The Confession ($198). The lighter wash will make it look like you’ve had this sun-bleached pair forever!
White shorts shouldn’t be skin tight. The slightly easier fit of these Sanctuary Frey Cutoff Denim Shorts ($89) combined with the side vents makes for a look that’s crisp and flattering.
Go for this season’s It-color with a pale pink pair. These Gap Mid Rise Denim Roll Shorts ($50) are a nice substitute for classic khaki.
These Citizens of Humanity Alyx Shorts ($218) look vintage but have a modern fit. A three-inch inseam ensures they won’t feel indecently short.
High rise with a relaxed fit, these ASOS Denim Mom Shorts in Washed Black ($45) will channel your retro side. Since they don’t have stretch, the slouchy leg opening is on your side.
Made from a super stretch denim, the Crafted by Lee Women's Mid Rise Six-Inch Raw Hem Jean Shorts ($22) are classic looking and comfy. The six-inch inseam makes for ideal mid-thigh coverage.
Subtle embellishment gives these Vintage America Colette Denim Embroidered Shorts ($60) just the right amount of boho-festival vibe. A five-inch inseam means you can kick back without actually letting it all hang out.
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