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A Definitive Guide To The Best Tops To Pair With Jorts

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It’s safe to say pretty much everyone owns jean shorts. And there are myriad styles of jean shorts, ways to wear them, and aesthetic outfits you can rock with ‘em. But, if you’re feeling a little stunted about going on up top, these are the best tops to wear with jean shorts.

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Wearing an oversized button-down with jean shorts opens you up to a world of outfit vibes. You can tuck it in for a chill WFH fit; leave it untucked for a stylish, IT girl look; or unbutton it and pair it with a bra top.

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High Loose Women's Shorts

You’ll never go wrong with jorts as classic as Levi’s High Women’s Shorts ($65, Levi’s). The loose fit is ultra-comfortable and trendy. And since these shorts are fairly simple, they’re ready for any and all looks you bring to them with your button-down.

Big Shirt in Poplin

Made with 100% cotton, GAP’s Big Shirt ($38, GAP) is ideal for a jean shorts look. And, it’s super popular on the brand’s website. “The fabric is crisp, smooth, bespoke,” one reviewer wrote. “The fit is reminiscent of the '80s and the oversized shirts I wore in high school. Looks great untucked with jeans and a cami underneath.”


I’ve never really thought of jean shorts as something you can dress up, but after seeing them with a pair of heels and a sparkly top, I’ve been proven wrong. Although the denim does keep this look a bit casual, it’s easily something you could wear to a happy hour, night out, or just when you want to feel a little fancier.

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Plus Relaxed Denim Shorts in Homecrest Wash: Ripped Edition

There’s nothing better than facing a night on the town knowing you’ll be comfortable through the wee hours. Madewell’s Relaxed Denim Shorts ($40, Madewell) ensure you have room to move, sit, dance, and more with their laid-back fit.

In The Style Plus Exclusive Satin High Neck Top in Champagne

The shiny material of In the Style’s High Neck Top ($13, ASOS) makes gives this shirt a classy, refined feel at first glance, while the open back keeps things sexy.


If crop tops and bra tops are all you can think about, you’re in luck: Tiny tops are inherently perfect to pair with jean shorts. Go fancy with a trendy bra or wrap top, or lean into the classic feel with a plain white tank.

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Recycled Blue Vintage Denim Ruffle Shorts

As a proud owner of Missguided’s Denim Ruffle Shorts ($26, Missguided), I mean it when I say that these shorts are compliment-magnets. Since they’re a statement in their own right, these shorts are perfect to pair with your simple tiny top.

Low Support Lace-Up Crossover Cropped Tank Top

You can still have fun with your top even if you’re trying to have as little fabric on your body as possible. Halara’s Lace-up Top ($28, Halara) is playful with its criss-crossing straps and comes in five colors.


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