These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past

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These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Printer Bermuda Skort, £19.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Leather City Shorts By Boutique, £145 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Snakeskin Print Bermuda Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Three Stripe Cycle Shorts By Adidas, £23 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Linen Suit Mom Shorts in Buttermilk, £20 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Printed Ruffled Bermuda Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Knitted Capri sHORTS By Boutique, £65 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Paper Bag Denim Shorts, £32 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Waffle Runner Shorts, £10 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Pink Shorts, £29 at Topshop

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
High Waisted Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Mom Shorts in Pink, £17.50 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Gingham Check Bermuda Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Denim Paperbag Bermuda Shorts, £19.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Belted Cargo Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Paperbag Bermuda Shorts with Belt, £19.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Picnic Gingham Shorts, £34 at Anthropologie

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Striped Tailored Shorts, £59 at Ted Baker

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Mom Suit Shorts in Purple Pinstripe, £25 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Belted Bermuda Shorts, £25.99 at Zara

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Sweat Short, £12 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Denim Belted Cullotte Shorts in Off White, £28 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
ASOS DESIGN Denim Collarless Button Through Playsuit With Belt, £30 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Y.A.S Cassandra Bucket Waist Shorts, £30 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Khaki Satin Shorts, £90 at Reiss

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
New Look Tie Front Scuba Shorts, £12 at ASOS

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
Aqua Tailored Shorts, £40 at Reiss

These Shorts Will Make Your Denim Shorts Dilemma A Thing Of The Past
High Waisted Tailored Shorts, £80 at Reiss

Rightly or wrongly, we’ve felt a rebellion against denim shorts brewing for a while now. Finally, it’s spread further than the ranting and raving of our WhatsApp groups and infiltrated the summer trends sweeping the fashion industry. 

There’s a lot wrong with denim shorts. To clarify, we’re talking about the short, short kind, the kind that shot Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister to fame in the early 2000s. We’ll excuse the longer denim biker shorts that high street brands and designers are favouring this season which although still not ideal on the chafing front, we’ll let off the hook due to the comfort provided by their extra inches of length. Plus, at least they protect your modesty, unlike their shorter counterpart that we’re so ready to wave goodbye to. 

Given the side effects of (short) denim shorts, quite frankly, we’re surprised we wore them for as long as we did. Now synonymous with festivals and unattractive wedgies (for lack of a better word), it’s within the best interest of everyone’s health and happiness that we open our eyes to trying new shorts styles this summer. 

An exception we will make to the denim shorts strike is if the shorts in question have passed the squat test, the sitting test and cover our derrière in a way that’s both flattering and attractive.

And because we know that deep down, despite our protesting, we aren’t entirely ready to give the denim shorts up cold turkey, we thought we’d share our new favourite trick for nailing the right fit for your denim shorts. It’s a little more effort than simply picking them up off the shelf and throwing them into your case but we promise it’s worth the effort in the long run. 

All you’ve got to do is size up (usually only by one size) when buying your denim shorts of choice in order to cover your bases on the length front. Then it’s a quick trip to the tailors to have the waist taken in and voila, your own, ideal, customized fit of denim shorts that look and feel good all summer long. 

As for stocking up on your alternative shorts options, check out our shopping edit above.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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