As someone who's from the South and has actually returned to the South in recent years, I think I'm well-equipped to speak on the subject of shorts, the number one summer wardrobe essential in hot and humid weather. Sure, I could just wear denim shorts and a T-shirt every day, but I've seen so many interesting outfit ideas lately that involve shorts. Now, I'm inclined to try just a little harder.
Of the nine outfits I selected below, only three feature denim shorts. The rest run the gamut, from bike shorts to paper-bag shorts to lounge shorts. All of these outfits are simple, comfortable, and casual, because that's what I believe shorts outfits should be, and they're all fresh for next season. Since summer doesn't even technically begin for another month, we all have plenty of time to give them a try.
Scroll for nine non-dated outfit ideas to copy and shop the shorts you need to make them happen.
This is the most casual of shorts outfits, but you can make it feel cool and elevated with subtly trendy accessories.
Shop Lounge Shorts
A cool white top tucked into denim shorts feels fresh and clean in the summer. Just add sneakers.
Shop Denim Shorts
This is one of my personal favorite outfits thanks to its effortlessness. l love to wear bike shorts with something loose on top to balance them out.
Shop Bike Shorts
This casual summer outfit is one that could easily be worn every weekend. Adding a button-down shirt makes it feel "non-dated."
Shop White Denim Shorts
Denim jackets are back, and bike shorts never left, so why not wear them together?
Shop Short Bike Shorts
Nothing says summer like a pretty white top paired with a bit of color.
Shop Colorful Shorts
This one's a classic: a cropped white tee and denim cutoffs. Bonus points if you have some fancy flip-flops to wear with them.
Shop Cutoff Denim Shorts
It's kind of giving coastal grandma, and what's not to love about that?
Shop Gym Shorts
When you don't know what to wear this summer, just wear this.
Shop Elastic-Waist Shorts
Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.
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