High-Waisted Denim Shorts: How to Wear Them, Which Ones to Buy

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High-Waisted Denim Shorts: How to Wear Them, Which Ones to Buy
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Allow us to present a fashion win-win: A summer staple so tried-and-true that it never goes out of style. We’re talking, friends, about classic high-waisted denim shorts.

Part of the trend’s longevity—they starting gaining popularity in the late 1960 and early ’70s— is due to its quintessential ease. Even a cutoff style can be dressed up with heels, or down with a vintage tee, and both manage to look sexy and definitively cool.

For inspiration on the countless ways to wear the trend, click through for blogger inspiration, then—once you’re good and inspired—shop a pair from our picks.

And, if you’re concerned you can’t pull this style off —trust— when done right, high-waisted styles can be universally flattering…more on that, right this way.

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Mother High Waist Rascal Shorts, $145; at Shopbop

Topshop Ripped Denim Shorts by Kendall + Kylie, $60; at Topshop

Forever 21 High-Waisted Distressed Cutoffs, $29.90; at Forever 21

Mango High-Waist Denim Shorts, $49.99; at Mango

Re/Done The Short, $166; at Re/Done

Zara High Waist Shorts, $49.90; at Zara

Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Recycled Angled Roll-Hem Denim Short, $39; at Urban Outfitters 

Nasty Gal Denim — The Born to Run Short, $54.60; at Nasty Gal

RES Denim Kitty Shorts, $72; at Shopbop

Topshop Unique Mason Denim Shorts, $125; at Net-a-Porter 

Forever 21 High-Waisted Denim Shorts, $17.90; at Forever 21

Nasty Gal After Party Vintage Patch Up Cutoff Short, $78; at Nasty Gal 

Forever 21 High-Waisted Denim Shorts, $12.90; at Forever 21

H&M Denim Shorts High Waist, $7; at H&M 

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