Beyond the Beach: 8 Unexpected Ways to Wear Denim Shorts (Inspired by the Stars)

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We know you’re already tired of your old denim shorts. But with a bit of strategic dressing, you can get more wear from your favorite pair. Just don’t wear them with UGG boots like Britney Spears!

We culled some recent celebrity outfits featuring denim shorts so you can get inspiration. Find out how these celebrities made denim shorts work this season:

1. Ashley Tisdale’s Cut-Off Denim Shorts

The 30-year-old actress wore Erin Wasson x RVCA Hish cut-off denim shorts and a plain grey t-shirt. She elevated the simple errand look with a big-buckled belt, black booties, and a leopard-printed backpack.

Ashley Tisdale proves errands can be chic: statement belt elevates basic shorts and teeAshley Tisdale proves errands can be chic: a statement belt elevates basic shorts and tee in Los Angeles on July 16, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

2. Jessica Alba’s Boyfriend Shorts

The actress kept it easy and low-key in a pair of Fidelity Denim “Malibu” boyfriend shorts in Exile Super Vintage, a plain white tank top, her Athena Procopiou “The Girl in the Indigo Jewels” cover-up, a pair of Birkenstock “Arizona” white birko flor sandals, her Proenza Schouler “Ps1” pouch in white and Ray-Ban “Wayfarer 2140” sunglasses in tortoise.

Jessica Alba keeps it laid-back in boyfriend shorts, perfect for beach or park daysJessica Alba keeps it laid-back in boyfriend shorts, perfect for beach or park days, in Malibu on July 5, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

3. Crystal Reed’s Daisy Dukes

The ‘Teen Wolf’ actress took the classic route and paired her daisy dukes with a white button-down shirt. She styled the look with a pair of black chunky-heeled booties.

Crystal Reed rocks the classic "daisy dukes & button-down" with edgy chunky bootsCrystal Reed rocks the classic “daisy dukes & button-down” with edgy chunky boots in Los Angeles on July 8, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

4. Teresa Palmer’s Denim Shorts

The new mom also had the same idea. But rather than a long-sleeved button-down, she opted for a short-sleeved one and capped off the look with a pair of flat sandals and quirky sunglasses.

Teresa Palmer shows new moms can rock shorts too, with comfy flat sandals and quirky sunniesTeresa Palmer shows new moms can rock shorts too, with comfy flat sandals and quirky sunnies in West Hollywood, California, on August 4, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

5. Selena Gomez’s Denim Cut-Offs

The 23-year-old singer and actress wore the Solid & Striped “Anne Marie” one-piece bathing suit with her denim cut-offs. She styled it with the B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” belt, a pair of Saint Laurent “Chelsea” boots in Wyatt Suede, and a Gucci Soho disco bag in orange suede.

Selena Gomez makes a statement with a bathing suit and shorts, paired with thigh-high bootsSelena Gomez makes a statement with a bathing suit and shorts, paired with thigh-high boots in New York on June 23, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

6. Kendall Jenner’s Sexy Shorts

The 19-year-old model and reality star experimented with her style by pairing her shorts with a cropped tank top and adding thigh-high Sophia Webster boots and an oversized black bomber jacket.

Kendall Jenner experiments with high-waisted shorts, cropped tank, and thigh-high boots under an oversized bomberKendall Jenner experiments with high-waisted shorts, cropped tank, and thigh-high boots under an oversized bomber in Los Angeles on May 8, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

7. Chrissy Teigen’s Tiny Shorts

Her shopping attire consisted of a pair of One x Oneteaspoon “Bandits” shorts in Ford, a pair of brown 3.1 Phillip Lim “Ora” over-the-knee boots, the Row round handle tote bag, Victoria Beckham “Classic Victoria” desert rose aviator sunglasses and a Janessa Leone “Stephen” fedora hat.

Chrissy Teigen goes shopping in style with tiny shorts, over-the-knee boots, and a fedoraChrissy Teigen goes shopping in style with tiny shorts, over-the-knee boots, and a fedora in Hollywood, California, on June 21, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

8. Nina Agdal’s Faded Denim Shorts

The 23-year-old Sports Illustrated model stepped out of the airport wearing faded denim shorts. She teamed them up with an untucked black shirt, a moto jacket, a fedora hat, and a pair of Adidas sneakers.

Nina Agdal keeps it casual and cool in faded denim, untucked black shirt, moto jacket, and sneakersNina Agdal keeps it casual and cool in faded denim, untucked black shirt, moto jacket, and sneakers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California on June 2, 2015 (Credit: WENN / TNYF / MONEYSHOT)

Get these shorts and style them the way these celebrities did:

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SIWY Lillie Cut Off Shorts5. SIWY Lillie Cut Off Shorts, $163.00

7 For All Mankind Roll Up Shorts6. 7 For All Mankind Roll Up Shorts, $158.00

Blank Denim Distressed Cutoff Shorts7. Blank Denim Distressed Cutoff Shorts, $78.00

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