Summer Sets: The Easy, Comfy, and Cool Trend Everyone's Vibing With RN

Just because we'll be spending more time out of the house this summer than last year doesn't mean we're completely ditching our comfy vibe. Sure, fancier going-out pieces and—gasp—heels are slowly starting to enter back into our outfit rotations, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that comfort is still our top priority. The trend that I'm unpacking here feels extra relevant right now for that reason. It's easygoing and unfussy but still has that cool factor to it.

Enter the trend I've dubbed summer sets. In lightweight fabrics like poplin and linen, these duos are defined by two pieces: a button-down shirt with long or short sleeves and coordinating shorts that are somewhat inspired by boxers. Almost as soon as I became aware these sets were becoming a thing, they suddenly proliferated and started popping up everywhere I looked. Spot them on fashion-girl Instagram styled with cool basics like ribbed tanks and even worn as swimsuit cover-ups. Obviously, the idea is that you'll be wearing them together, but like all good matching sets, each piece is easily styled solo, too. 

Keep scrolling to see all my favorite shorts sets in the market right now.

You've probably seen colorful shirting all over your Instagram feed—it's *the* trendy basic of the summer.

"Honestly, this is my new favorite shirt. I wish they still had the green color because I can't stop wearing the yellow! It's so cute and flattering, and the fabric is really lovely. If you're on the fence, COMMIT. [It] definitely runs large, but I love the oversize vibe. Makes me feel like Diane Keaton ready to walk the beaches of Rhode Island." — Madewell Reviewer

Pretty yellow stripes.

"These shorts are so cute and comfy as well. The cotton is crisp, and the fit is true to size. I was concerned they might be too short, but they are just right. I'm usually a medium in everything at Madewell, and that was the size I bought. I also got the matching top, and it's such a cute set!" — Madewell Reviewer

@claire_most in blue summer short set



I'm very into the idea of styling this set with a cropped tank top, crew socks, and fresh sneakers like Claire's outfit above.

Beach cover-ups have never looked so cool, if you ask me.



All about this pretty blue. 

"As soon as I put them on, I knew I'd be keeping [it]. [It's] light, comfy, and not fitted… and of course, [it has] pockets!" — H&M Reviewer 


Royal blue is so stunning. 

"Another classic! I might be able to wear this to work since they say business casual, so let me see! Comfortable and classy, this linen line is legit cool." — H&M Reviewer 

@deborabrosa in white short set



The "dad" vibes are strong, but it works. Lightweight and comfy, this is great for summer.

How can you look at this buttery hue and resist? I know I can't.

"I'm in love with this trio! Wrinkles easily, but perfect summer glam look without being overdone. Mix and match easily depending on the weather." — Commense Reviewer 

Another day, another trippy print the fashion set will lose it over.

Steal this styling idea for casual summer outings.

Shop the matching Plisse Sleeveless Top ($99).

@tylynnnguyen in royal blue short summer set



The colors these sets are offered in just keep getting better and better.

Here's how to wear all those bra tops you invested in last year.

"Very cute set. It fits perfectly. I love how big it looks without looking frumpy." — Forever21 Reviewer

@moeblackx in brown short set with fuzzy hat



A funky print like this is basically begging to be complimented. 

"These fit perfectly with a tiny bit of extra room, so I'm not constricted at all. [It's] absolutely adorable with the matching top!" — H&M Reviewer

It doesn't get any easier than these shorts.

@debrabrosa in blue-striped short set with white sneakers



The kind of thing you can lounge in at home and still feel cool wearing out.

Shop Matching Tunic ($108).

"I really love this shirt. As a larger straight size or a small plus size, I find I usually have to choose between something tight or something that drowns me. This shirt is right in the middle, and it's great." — Universal Standard Reviewer 

Sophia Brenn In White Short Set




Shop the matching Shawn Shorts ($88).

"The silk material used in this set is top-notch and feels incredibly soft to the touch. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, perfect for those hot summer days! The short sleeves and shorts also make for a comfortable and relaxed fit." — Amazon Reviewer 

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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