The Best of Denim Shorts

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

Alright y’all, let’s talk denim shorts. They’re even harder to shop for than jeans! Why is a great pair of denim shorts SO HARD TO FIND?!?! I’ve been wearing the same pair of Free People denim shorts for like 7 years. (Seriously, I wore them in some of my very first posts in 2011!! lol at that post)  I don’t even remember how or where or why I got them, but they’ve turned into my summer staple for almost a decade. That’s a long time in the life of an article of clothing. They’ve been with me through weight gain and weight loss and they still fit and still looked good. They’re a little oversized these days but I do truly still love them. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of them!

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

{This post was from 2012!!}

Finding denim shorts that very minimally touch your body is my ultimate goal. Especially in the legs. And it sounds like this is ya’lls biggest concern too. That’s the #1 thing I love the most about my free people ones. The leg holes are huge, in turn making my legs look much smaller! Win! Dear denim companies, this is all us thicker legged girls want, is our legs to look smaller! It shouldn’t be this hard to find a pair of denim shorts with big leg holes, yet, it actually is REALLY HARD! So if you’re here looking to the answer to this dilemma, unfortunately I don’t have it, but I am still working on it! So, I thought I would share my whole denim shorts saga with you and share a whole post on my journey to find the perfect pair…

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

What I’m Looking For in the Perfect Pair of Denim Shorts…

  1. High Waist – All of my denim shorts are low rise, but since I don’t like them tight, that’s ok.Except when I want to wear a cropped or shorter top with them. Homegirl doesn’t want any belly showing, k?
  2. Large Leg Holes – I don’t want any of the shorts touching me except at the waist. Especially not in the leg holes, because it makes your legs look much larger then they are. (Well, maybe not larger then they are, but larger than necessary. We’ve been through this, larger holes = smaller legs.)
  3. Distressed/Cutoff Look – The distressed look is in and they’re called cutoffs for a reason. Sometimes a cuff is ok, but I’m more into the full on cutoff look. So frayed hem with some distressing.

I probably tried on 20 pairs of shorts! I’m highlighting my favorites below and I literally had 3 favorites that I would purchase and wear myself all at various price points which is awesome!

Top 3 Distressed Denim Shorts

$: Target’s Mossimo brand – High Rise Distructed Jean Shorts – $15 – These are high waisted, distressed, and have a loser fit through the legs!  These were marked $19.99 in store but online they’re only $15! I didn’t take these home with me, but I actually loved them. Since they’re only $15 online I think I might just go ahead and order. (Black is hard to photograph, especially in a dirty dressing room mirror, but you can check them out online here. I did size up to an 8 in these just because I figured the Mossimo brand was more juniors sizing and ran small – it definitely does.)

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

$$: Topshop Distressed Mom Cutoffs$60 – These are what I’ve been wearing a ton lately! They’re super high rise so they fill my cropped top dreams! (I’m obsessed with how they looked with the white ruffle top above!) The only downside is I was in between sizes. So the 6 is a little snug through the waist, but the 8 was a little too baggy looking. So they’re a little tighter then I would like, and they’re also pretty short when I sit down. Which ends up with me tugging at them some, but I do still love them. They are on sale too, so I’m ok with them for a $40 pair of cutoffs. So if that look and a high rise are what you’re looking for those are totally your shorts! If you need length, I wouldn’t suggest these. However, I do love how they’re longer in the back!

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

These are the size 6’s which is what I ended up keeping. Again they’re just a little snug through the waist. And below is the size 8 which in photos they actually look ok, they just seemed to be too much material in the front, zipper area, which can get a little bunchy if ya know what I mean?

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

$$$: AGOLDE Parker Distressed Denim Shorts$128 – These might be my favorite. I’m still not sure I’m keeping them or not because I’m not sure I want to pay $128 for a pair of denim cutoffs. Although I KNOW I’ll get my wear out of them and my cost per wear, but I’m trying to hold tight to the ole budget so I’m not sure they’re necessary. But they are so comfy, the color is perfect, the distressing is perfect and they’re a perfect slouchy fit. Ahem, they’re perfect. The leg holes aren’t huge like I like but they are big enough on my legs to still give the leggies some room so I’m liking that. They’re also not super short which for tall girls is also a plus!

You can see that these do at least have much larger leg holes than the previous ones. That left leg looks much smaller in comparison to the leg hole which is the effect we want!

Other Noteworthy Denim Cutoffs I Tried

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

These are a Nordstrom find, the brand is Articles of Society, and are definitely cute! I think they’re a little shorter and more snug through the legs then I would like but they’re still a cute pair of under $50 cutoffs! They’re just not my favs. {Shop Them Here}

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

This next little series are all from Old Navy and they’re all cute! They have some really cute pairs that look a lot more expensive than they are. Like these. The 3″ Denim Cutoffs. The wash is great and the distressing is great. If I wore these out I would not feel like they were an Old Navy pair of denim! I did have to size up in these and they still weren’t as loose as I would prefer through the legs. My usual jean size from Old Navy, which you obviously want to fit more snug, is a size 4. These are a size 8 and what size I would prefer. I would maybe even try the 10! But I’m afraid they might bunch too much in the front. So that’s a good reminder, when shopping for denim shorts, don’t be afraid to size up and then size up again to get your preferred fit. (Also, sorry for the dirty fitting room mirror! Dressing rooms are so gross!) {Shop These Here}

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

I also tried and really liked these dark wash with the full button fly. They’re different, a nice cutoff, if you don’t want the full distressing, and the leg holes were probably the biggest of all the Old Navy pairs! I didn’t even have to size up as much in these. I’m wearing the size 6 here. {Shop These Here}

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

These light wash, cuffed denim shorts have a cute little embroidery on the side which I love. I don’t typically like shorts with cuffs because I think they make your legs look bigger, but with this light wash you don’t see it as easy so I think they’re more flattering. I’m also wearing the 6 in these. {Shop These Here}

Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs
Denim Shorts for Girls With Thicker Legs

Lastly, I tried on a few pairs of Target’s Universal Threads brand and just wasn’t very impressed. They weren’t terrible, they were just, eh. They do fit more snug through the waist, so if you have a problem with the waist being too big when you size up, you might want to give these a try! The ones I tried were just all pretty snug to my legs which I don’t like so I just moved on. I will say the Old Navy ones had a 3″ inseam and these are 2.5″ so if you like short, you might like these! I just like em longer! {Shop These Here- Only $15!}

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If ya’ll have denim shorts you love, let me know! I’d love to try them out! Also, this try on is a totally new type of post for me, so if you liked it and found it helpful let me know! I’d love to do more if you like! Also let me know what else you’d like to see! xoxo!