How To Wear Denim Shorts [As An Adult]

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Denim Shorts: PrettyLittleThing | Bodysuit: Dorina (coming soon) | Sneakers: Vans | Belt: ASOS | Layered Necklace

Anyone else here have big booty problems? I’m so bottom-heavy for my frame it’s insane, like anything gained ends up right there… genetics? As a result, I have to be mindful of the sizing & fit of most pieces I choose to buy for wear below the waist. My biggest struggle is finding shorts, particularly denim shorts, that don’t ride up or expose any cheeky skin.

In my opinion, I feel like most styles of denim shorts are made to fit [younger] girls with zero hips. As a newly 28 year old with curves, the thought of not being able to participate in the denim shorts movement strictly because of fit is unacceptable. And I’m sure many of us share an equal struggle with the concept of feeling “too old” to sport denim shorts because of the age demographic they’ve been “designed” for.

But that’s why I’m here, friends! I might’ve found a solution to this denim dilemma that makes wearing them as an adult perfectly acceptable.

Here’s what you do: make them high-waisted & go for the mom jean fit.

The combo of both makes for a length you feel comfortable with and a fit that doesn’t suffocate. My biggest issue wearing denim shorts in the past was that they were too low-rise, which drew attention to my hips in an unflattering way. High-waist allows for the accentuation of the smaller part of your waist, above the hips. As for the mom jean fit, it’s a looser & more age-appropriate style. If you’re afraid the fit will make you look too wide, then balance it out with a form-fitting top or bodysuit such as I did.

*BTW, you can apply this tip to non-denim shorts as well. Look for styles labeled paperbag, mid-length, & culotte.



 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Marta July 5, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I’m in the age demographic denim shorts are made for but I have wide hips as well and they never fit me right either. I don’t have a big butt but they never fit right and end up showing a bit of my butt cheek. Definitely gonna check out the high waisted mom style, it looks very flattering.

  • Reply Sincerely, Jennie July 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I’m dying to find a good pair of jean shorts. Love the length of these!

  • Reply Nicolette Muro July 5, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I love mom jeans so I def need to try mom jean shorts! Such a great post idea 🙂

    Nicolette Muro | thebrightestbrunette.com

  • Reply Tracy July 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve yet to try out mom jean shorts but I love this look!

    Tracy
    https://www.findyourdazzle.com

  • Reply mireille July 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Great pics as usual! Love your sneakers! And I really like how you have something fitted on top to balance the look.
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  • Reply Paula Holloway July 6, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Love the style of denim shorts you chose. I especially appreciate the wider fit leg. These look great on you. Thanks for participating in The Ageless Style Linkup.

    Hugs,
    Paula
    http://www.dimplesonmywhat.com

  • Reply Cristina July 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    You look so adorable! What a helpful post. I’m 27 and I don’t feel comfortable with denim shorts that are too short anymore 🙂

  • Reply Ogechi A July 7, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I love high-waisted. I will have to try these.

  • Reply Jessica July 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love high-waisted shorts and I’m with you on shorts that don’t crawl up!

  • Reply predupre July 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Those are so perfect! Thanks for sharing that style with us!

  • Reply Jacqui Berry July 10, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Cute! I found an old pair today and am so pleased the fit me perfectly and are long enough to cover my old legs. thanks for adding to the #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Reply Emem Nnamdie July 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    So the mom jeans don’t look too great on me but they look fabulous on you. I still wear the short denim shorts but what I’ve learned is that high waist shorts are the key. I hate when you have shorts that are too long and they cut into your thighs when you have thick thighs. At least when they’re high waisted for some reason they don’t look like they’re cutting into your thighs as much since they aren’t not that long.

  • Reply Jackie July 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I love high waist! Great post and ideas!

  • Reply Lisa September 11, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Love your styles! You are looking stunning. These are best ways to rock with denim shorts. I’m so excited to try these styles. Thanks for sharing.

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