Denim shorts may just be the ideal summer garment—easy to throw on with a T-shirt and sneakers or pair with a silk tank or off-the-shoulder top for a low-key party outfit. Right now, our favorite styles have a few things in common: they’re high-waisted enough to wear with a crop top and not flash more than an inch or two of skin, and they’re tattered and distressed in all the right places.
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Sound familiar? Well, you’re in luck: with retailers going in on “festival wear” right now and Etsy and eBay sellers stocking vintage Levi’s cutoffs by the truckload, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new pair of denim shorts. Ahead, shop 15 of the best pairs you can buy right now, and see outfit ideas to copy ’till Labor Day and beyond.