15 Actually Cute Ways to Style Shorts

Shorts: the summer staple you're never actually sure you can wear. They're comfortable, sure, and they're great for minimizing sweat on the hottest of days. But when dressing for work or even a picnic, shorts are the piece you pick up, examine squarely for a moment, and then abandon for a floaty dress. Well, no more, as we're here to line up cute outfits to wear with high-waisted shorts.

Below you'll find 15 ideas for ensembles you can throw together, all including a pair of belly button–grazing shorts. Some are intended for the likes of weekend brunch, while others are polished enough to wear to the office (depending on the dress code, of course). And the ideas range from sporty to sleek, so there's a little something no matter what your signature style may be. Armed with these outfit ideas, you won't feel obligated to abandon your shorts so quickly next time you're trying to decide what to wear. Check them all out below!

A pair of denim shorts balances out dressier staples like a button-down and heeled sandals. 

Pair structured shorts with a romantic top for a cute (but not overly cutesy) combination.

Try going for a summery take and go for coordinated color on top and bottom.

For a shorts ensemble you could pull off at work, try styling with a button-down and summery pumps.

To dress up a pair of casual jean shorts, style them with a silky tank and a pair of fun mules.

Look for comfy shorts with fun embellishments for a casual day-off style.

Let parents everywhere serve as a source of inspiration. Style baggy shorts with a chunky pair of sneakers and a button-down.

A crisp white ensemble is the summer outfit you want (and need). 

Printed shorts are a fun pick to pair with a statement top and sandals.

If you're game to try bike shorts on for size, consider pairing them with sneakers and a colorful blazer.

A fun matching set is the perfect outfit idea for a trip to the beach.

While soccer shorts may not be what first comes to mind for dressing up, when paired with dainty heels and a pretty top, it's a fun summer night ensemble.

Headed to a picnic? Try tying a handkerchief as a top and pairing with casual shorts.

Denim shorts can easily be dressed up with loafers and a long-sleeve top.

Style your soccer shorts with a cute crop top and sandals.

Now you're all set to wear shorts Monday to Friday! 

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