Vintage Denim™ Explorer Shorts

Our women's cotton Vintage Denim shorts are just the right weight for summer.


Prewashed for softness, our women's signature 8-oz. cotton denim shorts have roomy front patch pockets, two back button-through pockets, and button-detail belt loops. Fly-front closure. Women's cotton denim shorts in chambray. Pure cotton. Washable. Imported.
Sizes: 8; 8" inseam.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.2 / 5 based on 93 reviews


78 of 93 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Finally! - 7/29/2014
    By: from Texas

    At last I've found a short with the fit I've been seeking for years. It sits nicely at my waist, not below, and the length is perfect. Most pants and shorts are cut to fit "slightly" below the waist but they won't stay up. I am constantly hitching up my drawers. Love these! Thanks, Orvis.

  • 5/5

    Very Comfortable - 7/16/2014
    By: from Austin, TX
    Top 250 Contributor

    These shorts are super comfortable because of the softened fabric. They look neat and are just the right length for me. I am 5'4", 112 lbs and ordered a size 6, which fits perfectly. They seem sturdy enough to hold up well and have good workmanship.

  • 5/5

    Vintage Denim Explorer Shorts - 7/10/2014
    By: from Panama City, FL

    My first pair of these shorts was spurred by a sale price promotion to buy these shorts and it was a good decision. I like these old fashioned shorts so much because they make me feel like a kid.

  • 5/5

    Well made, good pockets - 5/6/2014
    By: from NYS
    Top 500 Contributor

    These shorts are based on the older sizing, so they run small. I had to return the first pair I ordered but when the replacement arrived, they fit perfectly. The legs are rather wide but I think this will make them cooler to wear. (We are still waiting for shorts weather.)

  • 5/5

    well-made shorts - 5/3/2014
    By: from Austin, TX
    Top 250 Contributor

    These shorts are just right -- right length, right weight, right fit. They will see a lot of use this summer.

  • 5/5

    very pleased - 4/23/2014
    By: from California

    these denim shorts are great! Fit right out of the box. very nice. The look with the contrast stitching is nice. As Orvis usual, the quality is definitely there.

  • 5/5

    Explorer Shorts - 4/22/2014
    By: from NC

    I love these shorts. The fit is perfect and comfortable. They are well made. I have them in several colors.

  • 2/5

    disappointed - 4/21/2014
    By: from poland, Ohio

    The two pairs of shorts were both skimpy and small sized...disappointed in the fabric. Both returned.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Comfortable & Practical - 4/10/2014
    By: from Norwood, MA

    Great for casual wear walking the dog or gardening in comfort and style.

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Vintage Denim

The Practical Fashion of Vintage Denim

Vintage Denim from OrvisFew fabrics can boast the tradition and the colorful history that denim claims. From gold miner’s staple to the darling of high fashion, this down-to-earth indigo twill has worked its way into our hearts and into our closets. Our signature version, Orvis Vintage Denim is a traditional mid-weight denim made of pure cotton.

The Rugged Outdoor Fabric of Choice for Centuries

No other fabric is as quintessentially American as denim is. Used for the sails on Christopher Columbus’s ships, it first arrived on our shores in 1492, but the rugged textile had already been known in Europe for centuries. From the original serge de Nîmes, denim had been manufactured in France since 300 A.D. ad the outdoor fabric of choice for workers and farmers throughout Northern Europe.

Orvis Vintage Denim: The Toughness of Original Denim, but Prewashed for Softness

This sturdy cotton fabric derives its toughness from the weave — twill is the strongest of all of the fabric weaves, with threads woven in a tight diagonal pattern for increased strength. This diagonal pattern, or twill line, makes the fabric very durable and prevents it from tearing or ripping easily. The steeper the twill line, the higher quality the fabric; this is because the steeper weaves have more yarns per inch. Woven in this strong pattern, our 8 oz. Vintage Denim is prewashed for softness and will only get better with age.

Great for Travel

Orvis Vintage Denim is ideal for travel. Our sturdy, easy-care skirts, pants, and dresses are as stylish as they are comfortable, resist wrinkles, and the mid-weight fabric is suitable for year-round wear. Because our Vintage Denim is so versatile, practical, and popular, we offer a wide variety of styles for women in traditional denim blue, plus a range of wardrobe-expanding colors.

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