9 Ways French Girls Are Wearing Classic Denim Shorts This Summer

French women and classic style go hand in hand, and if you’re a regular WWW reader, you’ll know just how often we turning to our French fashion friends for inspiration. Well, surprise surprise—we’re back once again to tap into their style, this time focusing on how to wear one of the most enduring items in our summer wardrobes: jean shorts.

Since we’ve officially reached the point in the summer where denim shorts have become a fixture in our day-to-day outfits, it’s about time we shed some light on ways to make them feel fresh. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wearing my beloved cutoffs for more summers than I can count and my styling ideas have gotten a tad, well, tired. While a basic tank and sandals will never fail, I’ve enlisted some of the most stylish French women I know to shed some light on the new and improved way to wear them—and their ideas don’t disappoint. Whether they’re throwing on a checked blazer or pairing shorts with a cute cropped cardigan, the following nine jean shorts outfits are sure to inspire you (because they definitely have for me).

Your first thought might not be to wear a cardigan with cutoff shorts, but it should be. Try a knit with short sleeves and a cropped hem that’s especially suited to summer and accessorize with retro sunglasses like your favorite French girl.

This proves my theory that an oversize blazer will make anything you wear it with that much more polished. Case in point: throwing it over an otherwise casual look like this one.

Lean into the vacation vibes (no matter your actual proximity to a beach) with fun-loving accessories like a bucket hat, crafty necklace, and straw bag.

A pretty puff-sleeved top and classic jewelry instantly add style to even the most basic of jean shorts. Easy as that.

There’s something unexpected about wearing ballet flats with denim shorts, but this simple yet brilliant look proves it can be done.

When it’s too hot to handle anything else, go for a billowy top and crisp white shorts and you have yourself an easy look. Pair with tan sandals and you’re good to go.

If casual comfort is your goal, save this easy ‘fit for future reference. A structured bag and chic flats are really all you need to ensure a winning look.

A sleeveless blazer feels especially fresh for summer when paired with jean shorts and a basic top.

Whoever said jean shorts can’t be chic, I give you this brilliant look that ties everything together with coordinating blazer and pumps.

So you want to make your shorts look trendy, you say? Try out a leather shirt jacket and eye-catching printed heels for a very 2020 feel.

Next up, the skirt trend that’s suddenly everywhere.

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