Besides swimwear, there's probably no item of clothing that screams "SUMMER!" more than a pair of denim shorts. Dresses can be paired with tights or leggings for spring or fall, and sleeveless tops can be layered with all sorts of things to be worn in various seasons. But for most of us, shorts stay in our wardrobe rotation for just a few months out of the year, and no material is better suited to the laid-back lifestyle that goes with warm weather than denim.
With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best denim shorts to shop for this summer, from classic blues to highly-distressed cut-offs to classed-up (and covered-up) belted pairs. Whether you're looking for sexy hot-pants or modest Bermudas, American Eagle bargains or high-end designer duds, there's something in here for all your weekends between now and the beginning of fall. Go forth and enjoy the best season of the year.