18 Denim Shorts That Are Always Cool, Never Basic

Denim shorts, much like the crop tops or tight dresses of the world, tend to dance on that fine line between rad and basic (yes, in the negative sense of the word). It's all too easy to settle for the mass-fashion end of the spectrum when it comes to these types of trends (you know those millions of "meh" options we're talking about). But if you're looking to edge toward the side of cool, you really just have to know where to shop.

While we all have that pair of cutoff denim shorts we automatically reach for on a too-hot weekend, you won't regret having an alternative on hand that's a little more of a conversation starter. Wouldn't you rather show up to a party and stand out? Click on to shop some next-level denim, and leave those denim diaper shorts in the back of your drawer in exchange for one of the offbeat picks ahead.