Odds are your shorts collection consists largely of denim cutoffs. And we don't blame you—they're a cinch to wear, available at just about every price point, and virtually synonymous with summer. But printed shorts can (and should!) liven up your wardrobe this season, and they're easier to style than you'd think.
Floral shorts—a '90s staple beloved by Clarissa Darling and Kelly Kapowski alike—are back again, both in botanical brights and dainty, Liberty-esque prints. Like the styles decked out in palm fronds and leopard sports, they're practically an outfit on their own, so just throw on a cropped white tee or linen button-down and you're ready to go. If you really want to embrace the nostalgia factor, look no further than Esprit's throwback collection for Opening Ceremony, in which paisley- and floral-print hotpants abound.
Style skew a little more classic? Gingham, stripes, and checks are approachable entrées to the trend and can be easily mixed and matched, à la the Olivia Palermo look you see above.
Scroll on to shop printed shorts for every style this summer.
If you really want to go all out, spring for the matching fanny pack, too.
No, we're definitely not over gingham yet.
Summer checks in sunny hues never go out of style.
The print, tassels, and bright colors all just scream "summer."
The high waist and D-ring belt make these wearable for work.
Sure, Hawaiian-print shirts are cool, but shorts may be even better.
These pastels are straight out of Miami Vice (in the best way possible).
Leopard print is even more appealing on lavender.
Throw these on and head to the beach.
The scalloped hem is a feminine touch.
The print may be ladylike, but the silhouette is as easy as can be.
This one has a high waist, so you can break out your favorite crop top.
Even shorts aren't immune to this season's ruffle trend.