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Ohh, Girlfriend: The ultimate fit for summer shorts

DesignCarlee Gomes, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Call it girl power.

There's no denying that denim has gone way beyond skinny jeans, whose reign at the top of the denim pyramid seemed forever-lasting. The boyfriend jean hit it out of the park first as our go-to, stylishly lived-in denim. Now, the girlfriend fit is it, and it's as balanced and versatile as the women who rock it.

While the diversity of fit, fabric, and style in the denim category can be overwhelming, it does mean that there truly is something out there for everyone. And sometimes, in this sea of denim, you come across a fit that seems to be universally flattering — which is just what the girlfriend fit brings to a table crowded with options.

Gap's line of girlfriend denim stocks their shelves (and our closets) with styles for virtually every mood and moment. The "best girlfriend" cuts mid-rise at the waist, is relaxed through the hip and thigh, with a tapered leg that slims at the ankle [swoon].

The girlfriend is more structured than a boyfriend fit and slightly more slimming than a "mom" fit — which enjoyed its own moment in the fashion spotlight. She's versatile, the girlfriend, and a frontrunner for going from casual Friday to a dressy TGIF kickoff. But it's time to get to know the girlfriend in the season's must-have summer shorts. The ORIGINAL 1969 Best Girlfriend Shorts received some attention recently from fashion watchers, with good reason. The wash is perfectly vintage-feeling, the distressed details makes them feel lived-in without feeling sloppy and the fit is breezy enough for even the hottest summer days.

While these couldn't be easier to style, if you're looking for some inspiration, take a cue from a slew of stylish ladies who have been sporting the girlfriend fit this season.

For more girlfriend denim outfit inspiration, head to the Gap page.