For many of us, summer is that time of the year where there is an excess of time and an even greater excess of great memories. Typical summer outfits consist of sandals, a tank top or light blouse and the summer staple: denim shorts. To stand out in a crowd of blue or white short-shorts takes a very daring piece of denim. Thus, I introduce to you:

Studded shorts.

You’ve seen these beauties on Pinterest boards and Tumblr blogs, but now is the time to purchase your very own pair of studded shorts. Of course, you could always go the unconventional way and DIY:

 

Pyramid studs, Etsy.com; Denim shorts, Levi’s 501 Worn Cut-Off Shorts, $58, Levi’s.

 

For those of you who aren’t as craft-savvy, you’re in luck. Here are some of the most gorgeous studded shorts you can buy.

 

Studded shorts, MOTO Studded Hotpants, $70, Topshop

These shorts are a light wash, silver-studded pair with studded accents all around the front pocket and belt loop area. They’re not studded in the back pockets, but they’re still super glam and would look great paired with a neon-colored tank top and leather sandals. These are one of the easier-styled studded shorts, so you could wear them with just about anything in your summer wardrobe.

 

 

Denim shorts, PROJECT Studded Acid Wash Short, $74, Miss Selfridge

This pair of gold pyramid-studded shorts screams hardcore. The acid wash over the dark denim makes them very rocker-chic and can be easily paired with a torn up T-shirt, leather jacket and pair of combat boots. The striking line of studs down the side makes it a real statement pair of shorts and could easily be seen at a music festival this summer.

 

 

Studded shorts, Alice in the Eve Scatter Stud Shorts, $79.95, General Pants Co.

This elegant pair of studded shorts is more suited for a nighttime affair paired with a flowy top and a pair of chunky heels. The studs are small and cover the entire area of the shorts giving it a starry look. They’re still casual yet have a polished edge to them that makes it easy to dress them up for any occasion you might have this summer.

 

Vintage denim shorts, Dyed Distressed and Studded Shorts, $53.50, Etsy.com

Etsy is pretty much the holy grail of original vintage items and glorious pieces in general. This pair of (bright) red studded shorts is almost beyond words. The dye in this pair is extremely pigmented, so don’t ever fear becoming lost in any of your adventures this summer— these shorts are sure to prevent that with their visibility factor.  Paired with some TOMS and a lace top, you’ll be worshiped as a summer style icon in your group of friends for years to come.

 

With so many options when it comes to studded shorts, everyone is sure to find a pair that suits their own personal style. Whether you make your own or you purchase, studded shorts are a very worthwhile investment in your summer wardrobe.