Some women live for denim cut-offs in the summer while others consider them the bane of their existence. Ladies of the latter category, we understand your struggle—we’re not all here for a cheeky reveal. That’s where boyfriend shorts come in. A looser, longer silhouette that’s not quite a Bermuda (the to-the-knee fit is also back, by the way) but nowhere near the bum line. They come with a couple more inches on the inseam for a more comfortable fit, akin to boyfriend jeans. Done in a range of washes with various levels of distressing, this longline shape is ideal for all sorts of summer actives—wear them with sneakers for a tourista moment, over a bikini at the beach or paired with a flouncy top for casual rooftop cocktails.
Here, we plucked ten perfect pairs for every budget. Denim short stress begone.
Denim Boyfriend Shorts
For those not into distressing.
Women’s Plus Size Destructed Bermuda Jean Shorts
This plus-size pair is perfectly deconstructed.
Tall Mid Blue Mom Shorts
Tall girls, we got a pair for you.
The Perfect Jean Shorts
Like the name says, these indigo jean shorts are perfect.
This light-wash style is just slightly ravaged at the hem.
The Raw Hem Cut-Offs
For added cool-factor, go for a frayed waist.
Jourdan Distressed Denim Shorts
This pair was named after supermodel, Jourdan Dunn.
Joan Distressed Denim Shorts
The ultimate lived-in look, this pair is lightly faded and frayed.
Le Stevie Short
It doesn't get more relaxed than Frame's new Le Stevie short.
Cloudy Distressed Denim Shorts
Attention cool girls, this pair is for you.