This Simple Two-Part Outfit Is Summer's Answer to Jeans and a Nice Top

Blazers have undergone what is perhaps one of the most significant metamorphoses in the world of fashion. Once reserved for boardroom meetings and private members' clubs, the piece was later adopted by the style set and has remained an integral part of their uniform ever since. Versatile and with the ability to transcend seasons, the sharp cover-up can be worn year-round with just a few styling tweaks. And now, as we find ourselves in the midst of summer, blazers are increasingly being worn with another warm-weather staple: shorts.

Whether it's denim or linen, fitted or breezy, shorts and blazers are fast becoming fashion’s new favorite pairing (second only to another perennial combination: jeans and a nice top). But how do you pull off blazer-and-shorts outfits right from the bat? Looking at a few of our influencer friends who have been wearing the duo on repeat this season, it’s evident that one surefire way to make blazers and shorts look chic is to stick to a neutral color palette—think black, tan, beige, cream, and white. Then, there are fabrications to consider. For example, a floaty blazer might loan itself to a more rigid shorts style, whereas a tailored blazer might look even cooler paired with more relaxed shorts.

Finding the best combination for you will take trial and error, but to help get you started, we’ve rounded up six blazer-and-shorts outfits we find impressive. Scroll below to see them, and should you fall in love with any of them specifically, you can proceed to shop the pieces to re-create the look.

Shop Our Favorite Blazer-and-Shorts Outfits

Style Notes: Denim cutoffs always make a comeback for summer. Team them with a black blazer and white running shoes for less-is-more appeal. 

Blazer and Shorts Outfits: @lefevrediary wears a tweed blazer with black denim shorts and a pair of Converse high-tops



Style Notes: You needn't ignore your tweed and woolen blazers until fall—wearing them with shorts and sneakers (in Amy's case, black denim hot pants and cool Converse) will give them serious summertime appeal. 

Blazer and Shorts Outfits: @femmeblk wears a green khaki blazer over bike shorts



Style Notes: ICYMI, cycling shorts are all the rage this season, and Lydia has found our favorite way to wear them: with a belted blazer over top. So sleek. 

Blazer and Shorts Outfits: @basicstouch wears a beige blazer with white shorts



Style Notes: We can always count on Aïda to serve up stylish tonal looks, and this ensemble is no different. We love her combination of a slouchy, beige blazer; white shorts; and a classic black tee. 

Find a striped blazer to wear with white shorts and your ensemble will feel instantly pulled together. Case in point: Charlotte's ecru look. 

Blazer and Shorts Outfits: @chrissyford wears a pastel short suit with a pair of white trainers



Style Notes: If you're tentative about mixing your blazer-and-shorts outfits, follow Chrissy's lead by investing in a matching shorts suit. Then, simply dress it up with heels, or wind things down with a pair of tennis shoes.