wearing one piece a number of different ways is the most cost-effective way of maximizing your wardrobe. i can't tell you how many times i've thrown on these boyfriend jeans...sometimes within the same week.
when looking at outfit inspiration, don't be so literal in that you only see what's in front of you. think about similar pieces in your closet and how you can mix and match them to create a stylish ensemble that reflects your personal style.
if these shorts aren't your taste, by all means - substitute your favorite pair of jeans.
and don't forget to play around with your accessories. it's my favorite way to add color and texture to otherwise boring outfits.