I'm Not Much of a Shorts Person, But These 10 Outfits Are Changing My Mind


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When it comes to summer dressing, most of us have our go-to outfit formulas that work for our style aesthetic. I personally tend to reach for breezy dresses more than anything else when the temps hit above 70 degrees. While shorts are certainly a part of my wardrobe rotation in summer, surprisingly, I don't gravitate towards them all that much. Perhaps because of their uber casual nature I never quite feel 100% put-together when wearing them—or, perhaps it's simply because I haven't found the perfect pair.

My preconceived ideas about shorts suiting me have slowly started to change thanks to these exceptionally cool outfits I recently discovered on Instagram. These ensembles not only make the summer basic feel fresh but they're also perfect for keeping cool in the swelteringly hot season. In short, they are renewing my faith in shorts!

Whether you love shorts (or you don't) take a peek at these cool outfit ideas that will get you inspired for the summer season ahead.


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I love the idea of dressing up a pair of casual, loose denim shorts for a summer evening out. A tweed jacket or a shimmery bouclé topper will always dress up denim. Chic ballet flats will add a classic touch to the outfit.

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If you're looking for a zero-effort summer outfit that exudes a casual charm then a breezy matching set is a must. 

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A textured knit fabric will always elevate your shorts outfit. Get in the summery state of mind and go for a pretty pop of color.

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Another perfect day-to-night outfit. Keep your denim shorts looking polished by pairing them with a black blouse and kitten heel mules. A belt is a must to tie the look together.

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You cannot go wrong with a pair of high-waisted linen shorts in summer. Lean into the "coastal grandma" aesthetic and team it with a crisp white button-down. Black accessories will add contrast to the classic look.

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Give a pair of neutral shorts the fashion-girl treatment and pair it with this season's biggest color trend: orange.

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Nothing looks as chic as an all-white outfit in summer. Go for lightweight linen shorts, a minimalist top, and chic beige accessories to complete your expensive-looking ensemble.

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Mix and match colors and textures for a fresh summer look. A casual pair of running shorts contrasts beautifully with a silky satin shirt.

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Black biker shorts can look chic if styled with the right pieces. For a city look, pair with a minimalist black top and an oversize white button-down. Accessories are important—a polished handbag and cushy leather sandals are the perfect complements.


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For a city-chic outfit, loose Bermuda shorts paired with a crisp shirt and kitten heels exude a fashion-forward yet polished look.

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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.