The Anti–Short Shorts Trend That Every Cool Person I Follow Is Wearing

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As much fun as a pair of hot pants can be (for the right occasion), they're not the most practical summer bottoms. Shockingly short and necessary to adjust every few seconds, the buzzy celebrity trend has its pitfalls, which is probably why their complete opposite has made a run for fashion's top spot in the shorts department. And even with all of the bad publicity that Midwestern dads (I can say that because my dad is one) have gotten for Bermuda shorts, the very appropriate hot-pants alternative has managed to campaign its way into every fashion girl's warm-weather wardrobe. 

All the proof you need that Bermuda shorts are having a moment exists on my Instagram feed, which I've combed through meticulously and re-created below. Showcasing the best styles to go with and, subsequently, what to wear with them once you pick a pair of your own, let the forthcoming selection serve as your primary guide to the trend. Scroll down to get started. 

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If they're good enough for chic French girls like Sara Ramén, they're certainly good enough for me. Here, the model and chef styled her black Bermuda shorts with a high-neck tank, gold ankle-strap ballet pumps, and matching jewelry. 

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Though I usually think of Bermuda shorts as a summer staple, this look on Danielle Jinadu proves they are equally chic when styled with knee-high boots and a stellar leather jacket in the chillier months. 

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It doesn't get more classic and elegant than a crisp, white tee styled with a sleek belt, super dark-wash Bermudas, and black sandals. If you're ever stumped about what you should wear in the summer, reference this photo, and all your problems will be solved. 

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The quiet-luxury and old-money aesthetics are pretty much just this outfit, which includes a Chanel chain-link flap bag, minimal flat sandals, a white tee, and long tailored shorts. There are no logos in sight, but everyone will know your outfit is expensive. 

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I know the shorts-with-boots look used to be a major faux pas, but in 2023, it's anything but. In fact, I think that it's one of the chicest ways to style your shorts, as long as you opt for a longer, tailored pair and extremely sleek boots. A blazer on top is perfect the finishing touch, but you already knew that. 

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For those hot summer days when you need to go into the office, Bermuda shorts and a matching, tailored waistcoat will be your best friends. Pair them with '80s-era earrings and some kitten-heel pumps for maximum compliments.

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I'm pretty much smitten with all things khaki-colored lately. Though white and black bottoms will always be present in my wardrobe, there's something so laid back and cool about a chino, especially in Bermuda shorts form and styled with a gorgeous pair of sandals. 

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Sometimes wearing baggy trousers with a baggy shirt can feel like too much—like you're drowning in fabric. Whenever I want to wear two oversize pieces without overpowering my frame, I opt for Bermuda shorts instead of pants. I recommend always wearing this pairing with heels as they add an elevated and formal touch to the otherwise casual ensemble. 

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Coming up next: The Anti-Jeans Trend French and Italian Women Swear By Every Summer

Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.