43 Easy Summer Shorts That Are Just as Cute as Skirts

lightweight shorts for summer

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@alyssainthecity; STYLING: Blanca Tina Shorts ($77)

Skirts are great and all, but summer activities like biking and picnicking call for something a bit easier to wear and less prone to wardrobe malfunctions. I, for one, live in shorts all summer, as they're perfect for staying cool without worrying about flashing someone when the wind kicks up. I can't be the only one who is prioritizing comfort this summer, right? 

Previously, I rounded up cute pants that are just as stylish as dresses, and now, I'm going to give shorts the same treatment. Admittedly, I went a little crazy and selected a whopping 43 pairs of lightweight shorts for summer because there are just so many good ones out there. Scroll down to shop my favorite light, breezy shorts for summer that rival even your prettiest skirts. 

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@aniyahmorinia in sold-out H&M shorts

Linen should be your best friend this summer, as the fabric is super breathable. 

These shorts are a '60s dream. 

These new H&M shorts are bound to sell out. 

You can never go wrong with gingham. 

Staud never gets it wrong. 

Terry will dry super quickly after your dip in the pool. 

This smock waist is perfect for the beach because it makes the shorts easy to slide on and off. 

I'll never stop buying stripes. 

This cute floral version is giving me '90s vibes. 

I feel like Kate Middleton would love these. 

A summer purchase you definitely won't regret. 

Madewell has never let me down in the past. 

These shorts are giving me surfer vibes. 

This floral print is so sweet. 

I never knew I needed quilted shorts until now. 

Another super-cute, wallet-friendly option from H&M. 

These are so much more polished than denim shorts yet just as effortless. 

Basketball shorts, but make them fashion. 

In case you don't feel like showing a ton of skin, these are fantastic. 

I love this entire outfit. Easy, breezy. 

This ruffled hemline makes the shorts look like a skirt with the added bonus of more coverage. 

The kind of outfit I'd wear 24/7. 

Butterflies are a 2000s trend that's back with a vengeance. 

How fun is this red-and-white floral print? Fourth of July, anyone? 

These might be called Sunday Morning Shorts, but I'll be wearing them all week—thank you very much. 

This checkerboard print is so joyful. 

H&M strikes again with the perfect balance between cool and classic. 

Orange you glad I included these? 

Tie-dye comes back with full force each summer. 

These bermuda shorts are so classy. 

Yep, I'd style these with a white tank top, too. 

This is one of my favorite brands from Copenhagen.

This eyelet fabric is so special. 

Paperbag shorts are very on-trend right now. 

You definitely won't regret investing in these practical linen shorts. 

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