3 Ways to Elevate Denim Cut Off Shorts for Summer

3 Ways to Elevate Denim Cut Off Shorts for Summer


Top: Forever 21 (under $20!) | Shorts: American Eagle | Shoes: Zara | Sunglasses: Similar | Bracelets: Target (under $10!) | Rings: Forever 21

Denim cutoffs are the perfect staple piece for a Summer wardrobe, especially here in the south. I’ve styled several different pairs over the years here on the blog both casually and a little more dressed up. I always end up liking the look more when it

Offset cutoffs with a structured top

To elevate denim cut off shorts pair them with a nice button down or structured top. This will immediately balance out the casual look that cutoff shorts are usually associated with.

Step up your shoe game

You can also play up your shoes in order to add a more polished element to your look. Pearl shoes have been huge this spring and these from Zara are my absolute favorite. They run true to size and are finally back in stock.

When all else fails, accessorize

Pair the look with simple or statement accessories to pull everything together. I also loved the gold accessories I wore in this other denim look from last Summer styling the same shorts.


  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg

    Those rip off shorts are so perfect for summer. And I am obsessed with those slides! They are so chic!
    xo Jessica

    • Thanks so much Jessica!

  • Elizabeth Oliveto

    These shorts are perfect for summer!
    Xo, Elizabeth

    • I love them! I lived in them all last summer too.

  • I’m swooning over your shoes! I love the new pearl embellished trend — so cute and feminine!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Thank you Lily! I need to get more pearl shoes soon.

  • i love how you styled this cut off shorts! seriously needing some slides myself!

    cute & little

  • Kate Blue

    Those shorts are so cute! And what perfect shoes!

  • ADA

    I love the way you elevated those cool black denim cut-off shorts. Your shoe game is on fire. Such pretty sandals!

    Welcome by and join my linkup. It is usually live every Thursday but I added it a day earlier this week due to my birthday. Thanks. =)


    • Thanks so much and Happy Birthday!

  • Love the fraying on these shorts. And those sandals are adorable!

  • Amanda Nicole Hughes

    I’ve never loved shorts on myself but you’re certainly making me want to try them out again! Love the distressing!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thgoldengirldiary.com

    • You totally should! They have all different cuts and lengths. I know there are some out there for you.

  • Those pearl slides are PERFECT with the shorts…I need ’em!!

    Coming Up Roses

    • You do! They are so pretty and very comfortable.

  • Bailey

    Oh I love those black distressed shorties! so cute!

  • I am all about the accessories! I feel like the right jewelry can seriously change an outfit so much! Loving this look!

  • these are definitely the tips i try to follow! i’m especially loving the shoes, girlfriend! those pearls are the best statement!

    stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • Thanks so much Stephanie!

  • Great styling idea! This top is perfect with your jean shorts!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Liv

    Great tips!



  • April

    These pearl sliders are the cutest! Definitely elivates denim shorts!

    April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

  • The pearl sandals are gorgeous !

  • Audrey Stowe

    Cutoffs are my summer staple! Loved reading this for more tips on how to style. xo

  • Love those shoes! So much so pretty!!!!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the striped shirt. So unexpected with cutoffs.

  • How cute are those pearl sandals! Love!
    Thanks for joining the Fabulous Friday link up.

    • I know right!? They are the best.

  • mummabstylish

    Looks great for summer, lovely sandals, perfect overall look. Jacqui

  • Love those shoes!!!!!