Slay the Heat: 3 Stylish Ways to Rock Your Jean Shorts This Summer

No matter what the hottest trends are from one summer to the next, there's at least one wardrobe item that will forever be a springtime staple: a trusty pair of jean shorts. But let's be honest, denim goes all year round. It goes with practically everything, and has become something of an unmistakable neutral. So why is it so challenging to come up with new ways to wear jean shorts every year?

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"Slay the Heat: 3 Stylish Ways to Rock Your Jean Shorts This Summer"

No matter what the hottest trends are from one summer to the next, there's at least one wardrobe item that will forever be a springtime staple: a trusty pair of jean shorts. But let's be honest, denim goes all year round. It goes with practically everything, and has become something of an unmistakable neutral. So why is it so challenging to come up with new ways to wear jean shorts every year?

This confusion is probably the result of one or two things: The first is that you associate jean shorts outfits with only a few very specific looks. Maybe, in your mind, jean shorts are just casual, and only make sense with tank tops and t-shirts. True, this is a beautiful summertime aesthetic, but it is not the only one.

Add a pop of color
"Slay the Heat: 3 Stylish Ways to Rock Your Jean Shorts This Summer"

Personal stylist Christina Stein likes to pair blazers and blouses with denim shorts. Complete the look with a pair of heels for that endlessly stylish look she promises.

"The combination gives off a casual but tailored vibe," she tells InStyle via email. “Instead of a traditional color (ie black or navy) go with a metallic or neon color [blazer] like pink or green! Instead of a traditional short, maybe try updating it with a girlfriend or Bermuda style."

With a dressy button-down
"Slay the Heat: 3 Stylish Ways to Rock Your Jean Shorts This Summer"

According to personal style advisor Jordan Stolch of MiKADO Personal Styling, an oversized boyfriend button-down shirt is a wardrobe essential this summer and pairs perfectly with jean shorts. Her favorite styling technique? "Leave it open, layer it over a basic tank or bodysuit and top it off with simple sandals or tennis shoes."

Elevate your typical pair of t-shirts
"Slay the Heat: 3 Stylish Ways to Rock Your Jean Shorts This Summer"

San Diego-based personal stylist and fashion blogger, Vanessa Valiente loves a pair of graphic t-shirts and jean shorts as much as the next person. But Valente likes to keep things elevated. For starters, ditch your graphic tee or sweatshirt and swap regular jean shorts for a cut-off style. Next, Valiant recommends chunky flat sandals or a pair of your favorite sneakers for a casual look, but says that if it's not too hot, a cropped leather jacket and combat boots are a great way to switch things up.