As much as I love a summer dress, I probably wear shorts more often when it's really hot outside. They're just so quick to throw on, and nothing is easier or more versatile than denim cutoffs. I own the AG relaxed cutoff shorts (top left) and freaking love them. They hug in all the right places and fit nice and comfortably. I've spent a lot of time looking at cutoffs and have narrowed down my summer favorites to these 9.
Keep in mind that you may not want your jean shorts to be really tight. I went up a size.