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10 pairs of denim shorts to shop now the sun is out

A good pair of denim shorts can last a lifetime

best denim shorts 2022
Hollie Brotherton
Hollie BrothertonLifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
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Looking for a pair of denim shorts to wear in summer 2023 and beyond? With summer finally here, we're ready to bare our legs and they're an effortless capsule wardrobe piece we know will go with everything - but it's not always easy to find the perfect pair. If you're yet to find yours, we've searched online for the most stylish and comfortable denim shorts available. 

When buying a capsule wardrobe piece like denim, comfort is key. This is something you'll ideally happily throw on season after season, so forget trends initially and consider whether you find a high-rise or mid-rise and shorter or longer length preferable. Similarly, some people like the feel of authentic rigid denim while others like something that looks like the real deal but feels like a much softer fabric. Remember shorts that seem great when you're standing up might feel totally different when you sit down.

Whether you want classic high-rise raw hem cut-offs or you're leaning towards a looser mom jean style, we've found something for everyone.

How we chose the best denim shorts

  • Colour: Blue washed denim never goes out of style, but if you tend to always reach for your black jeans keep this in mind when choosing a colour. White always looks amazing in the summer months, particularly styled with other classic pieces like striped shirts, and holiday outfits including swimwear. We've found shorts in a range of shades to choose from.
  • Popularity: Brands tend be bestsellers for good reason. Levi's are iconic (Levi Strauss created the first pair of jeans, after all) and are loved and worn by the most stylish people in the world thanks to their classic, comfortable cuts. Frame is a newer brand, also renowned for its denim collection with a legion of A-List fans. When it comes to the high street, many online retailers now have reviews which helps us to find out what real customers think of their pieces when we can't try them all.
  • Inclusivity: We've found several options with sizes ranging from a UK 4 to a UK 24.

Scroll on for our edit of the denim shorts we want to be wearing this season.

The best denim shorts for women

  • & Other Stories denim shorts

    & Other Stories High Waist Denim Shorts

    & Other Stories' blue washed denim shorts are cut with a classic high waist and slim fit on the leg. Made from organic cotton twill they have a little stretch for added comfort. Wear them with everything from trainers and a crop top to heels and a blazer. Shop them in sizes EUR 32-44.

  • M&S shorts

    M&S Denim Shorts

    These Marks & Spencer shorts are perfect for everyday wear as they're cut in a super comfy mid-rise style with a loose fit on the legs. They're available in sizes 6-24 and several different washes.

  • Levi's denim shorts

    Levi's 501 Original Denim Shorts

    No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of Levi's cut-offs and they don't come more classic than their most iconic cut - the 501s. They have a mid-rise waist and regular fit.

  • Frame denim shorts

    Frame Le Grand Garcon Denim Shorts

    Frame denim is super popular for a reason. High quality in flattering cuts, we love this white denim pair styled with a striped shirt. It has a high waist and lightly torn, raw hems.

  • AllSaints denim shorts

    AllSaints Hailey High-Rise Denim Shorts

    High-waisted with distressed details, this AllSaints pair has an authentic vintage feel. There's elastic in the waistband for extra comfort. We love them styled with chunky sandals.

  • Arket denim shorts

    Arket High Waist Non-Stretch Denim Shorts

    If you prefer a rigid fit, Arket's high-rise denim shorts are another of the Scandi brand's coveted wardrobe staples. They're available in off-white, light blue and black.

  • H&M denim shorts

    H&M Mom High Waisted Denim Shorts

    Like your denim shorts ultra casual with a wider leg? This turn-up hem pair from H&M will fit the bill. They're available in sizes 4-22.

  • Paige denim shorts

    Paige Dani Denim Shorts

    Co-founder and creative director of Paige - Paige Adams-Geller - was once a denim fit model, which has no doubt shaped the way the brand design their popular denim shorts. We love this ultra high-rise pair. With natural fading and a raw destroyed hem, they're perfect for off-duty days.

  • Boden denim shorts

    Boden A-Line Denim Shorts

    Boden's white denim shorts are woven with a little added stretch. They're designed to hug your figure and hold their shape.

  • New Look denim shorts

    New Look High Waist Frayed Denim Shorts

    New Look's popular high-waisted denim shorts get five star reviews for their high quality and flattering fit despite their low price point.

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