The year is 1979, a young Daisy Duke, played by Catherine Bach hits American television screens for the first time.

Oozing sexy Southern charm, she struts on to the screen with exceptionally toned legs that send truck drivers and lawmen alike into an inescapable trance.

With just a single glance, she turns men into putty right in the palm of her hand. How does she harness such powers? Through a simple pair of denim cutoffs.

At the time, network censors deemed them too revealing and forced Bach to wear flesh-colored tights at all times, to avoid scandalizing the TV audience.

Now these iconic shorts are a permanent fixture in our summer wardrobes. And the fashion it girls are showing us how to update this staple for summer 2020.

Check out these hot denim shorts outfit ideas you should copy this season.

Puff-Sleeve Blouse

puff sleeve blouse

Source: @fashion_jackson

Puff sleeves have been trending hard for a while now, so it's no surprise to see them teamed up with our favorite summer staple.

The relaxed style of distressed denim pairs perfectly with the refined look of puff sleeves. Say hello to your summer wardrobe's two new best friends.

black puff sleeve bodysuit

Lace-up Top

lace up top

Source: @waityouneedthis

They may be old-school but they're also on-trend, lace-up tops paired with distressed shorts make for perfect partners this summer.

milkmaid top

Colorful Knit

neon sweater

Source: @ashbegash

On those cool summer nights, a comfy knit is the perfect antidote to your denim shorts. Not only do you stay relaxed and warm but you still get to wear your favorite shorts, too.

Fashion girls are updating the look with colorful knits this summer.

heart pattern cardigan

Sheer Top

sheer top

Source: @missenocha

The girls of IG are getting creative with their swimsuit cover ups this summer. In addition to using their denim shorts, they're wearing sheer tops to cover up the top half as well.

You'll be the most stylish girl at the beach, pool or backyard in this outfit.

sheer top



Source: @lolaomonaija

If you fancy yourself as a boss-girl, then your work blazers will look just as good with your denim shorts as they do with your pants.

Wear a tee or tank underneath tucked into some high waisted shorts and add a belt for extra polish.

black blazer

Ruffle Blouse

ruffle blouse

Source: @crystalinmarie

This season, bigger is better. Channel your inner-boho chic with a ruffle, puffy blouse tucked into your high waisted distressed denim shorts. Add a pair of Birkenstocks for a chic easy-going outfit.

sheer ruffle top


monochrome outfit

Source: Gabby in the City

If you're not a fan of the Canadian tuxedo but still love to dress monochrome, you're in luck. Black or white denim shorts automatically look more chic when paired with a black or white top.

Black or white, pair with nude-colored shoes for a flattering ensemble.

black bodysuit


pastel blazer

Source: @angelagiakas

Pastel is always pretty. And this season, it's trendy too. Start with a textured basic like a ribbed tank and throw on some outerwear in your pastel of choice to pair with your light-washed denim.

pastel pink cami

Silky Button-Up

white button up blouse

Source: @girlmeetsgold

As the saying goes, opposites attract. And they also happen to look pretty great together as an outfit pairing. For example, take distressed denim shorts in an relaxed fit and pair them with a luxurious silky button-up.

The shorts make the top more casual, while the luxe fabric of the top dresses up the shorts. Wear this stunning combo to brunch or wherever else you please.

white sheer blouse

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