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.