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Jean shorts: 5 Must-have pairs

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Dare to wear short shorts!

Summer is synonymous with jean shorts. But you don’t have to go the Jersey Shore route and rock sleazy cut off shorts that show off butt cleavge. SheKnows rustled up some sexy and sophisticated must-have jean short styles for summer.

Dare to wear short shorts!

Tie-waist chambray jean shorts

We love these sophisticated Old Navy jean shorts with cute tie detail at the waist -- and the chambray fabric makes for a super comfortable fit and wearability. Pair these shorts with a navy and white striped shirt and red TOMS for an easy summer nautical style.

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Dare to wear short shorts!

Colorful denim

From rainbow hair to jean shorts, this season is all about rocking seriously bold color! We love these pale yellow denim shorts by Lauren by Ralph Lauren. The subtle color will really make tan (spray, please) legs look amazing. But don’t stop at yellow! Go bold with purple, blue, red, bright pink… whatever you fancy! With this season’s color-blocking trend, colored denim shorts are the way to go. Remember the bright bottoms will be your signature piece, so keep the rest of your style -- from T-shirt to shoes -- simple. Even a plain fitted cami is a perfect way to finish this look.

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Dare to wear short shorts!

Quintessential cut-offs

These Levi's cut-offs beg to be taken to the beach and paired with a bikini top a la Katy Perry’s L.A. style advice in her summer theme song “California Gurls.” When purchasing cut-off jean shorts or making your own, make sure the denim covers all your lady parts. There is a fine line between summer sexy and summer slutty. And remember, when you're done walking the beach, toss a breezy loose blouse over that bikini top.

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Dare to wear short shorts!

Roll up cuff

These 7 For All Mankind Roll Up shorts are the perfect go to pair of jean shorts. Stock up on a few pairs as you’ll want to spend all summer long in these flattering and stylish jean shorts.

Dare to wear short shorts!

High-waisted retro jean shorts

Go pin up this summer with a sexy pair of retro high-waisted jean shorts like these. Wear these with a breezy summer blouse that you can tuck in to show off the waist detail. Add a great pair of high-heeled wedges and voila instant retro style!

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