One of my favorite denim shorts from last year that I often get questions on are from Express, so I've been keeping an eye out for their options this year. They just got several new arrivals in black, white, dark and light blue, and I'm happy to report it's a denim jackpot for petite ladies! The white shorts I'm wearing here are low-rise so fit looser on my hips, but I reviewed several other styles below which fit more snugly and higher up on the waist. They are having 40% off everything right now with no code needed, plus free shipping on orders over $50!
I'm partnering with Express today on this outfit post, but also wanted to try on other options for you guys in a range of colors / washes and cuts. The composition of their denim shorts is usually 98 or 99% cotton with a touch of spandex, which makes for a medium-weight, comfortable material with stretch. As an overarching fit note, their high-rise shorts run smaller at the waist and were pretty fitted on me at my natural waist in size 00 regular. Their low-rise styles run a few inches bigger at the waist thus sit lower around my hips, and would need a belt to be worn higher. However, you might be able to shrink their denim a little bit in the machine washer + dryer like I did.
This twill shirt here has a soft, slightly draped feel but is still substantial in weight (also comes in several other colors!). It is tunic length with a slightly longer back, so can be worn over leggings (did this for my long flight) and skinny jeans, or tucked in or knotted casually like I did here. The cut is on the relaxed side, so is more loose and blousy than slim and fitted.
I also tried on their white denim shorts in both the low-rise (which I have on here) and high-rise style - although the latter fit smaller, I liked that the low-rise has patches behind the distressed holes so your skin doesn't actually show through! You'll be seeing me in these over and over again from outfits pics taken during our current trip.
Out of the other styles I tried on, these are the ones I recommend:
- High rise cutoff shorts sz 00 regular in medium wash (only left in sizes 00 and 0!) - these are your wear-with-everything summer shorts in a versatile wash, and not too skimpy 2" inseam. Someone my size could possibly also do size 0 worn lower-rise style.
- High rise cutoff shorts sz 00 regular in black (pictured on the left) - I loved the festival-chic, faded black wash on these, with patches behind the distressing just like my white pair. The denim feel and fit was also great. Their high rise cuts are not super high rise like some denim brands, where it feels like your bottoms are eating up your torso.
- Low rise relaxed denim shorts sz 00 regular in light wash (pictured on the right) - Slightly relaxed "boyfriend" style fit, most similar to my pair from last year. These are low-rise so do fit looser at my hips.
- Low rise cuffed denim shorts in dark (not pictured) - If you want something with no distressing or rips, these are your standard darker denim cuffed shorts.
Something else worth checking out: As you may have seen on my Instagram, scarves worn as a headband have been my latest obsession! It's easy, quick, chic and functional for keeping hair out of your face. I was so bummed that I didn't see the selection at Express until later, because they have several options that are boho-elegant. The packaging shows a few ways to style them, from on the neck, to hair, and more. My picks are this beaded one and this blue tile print one that can pair with lots of different colors and looks.
Thank you Express for partnering on this post.