My Friend Asked for Summer Outfit Ideas That Don't Involve Shorts—Here You Go

One of my dear friends recently texted me asking if I could send her a few spring and summer outfit ideas that didn’t involve shorts. While she’ll wear shorts from time to time (especially if it’s super hot), she’s just not as into them on the regular. Naturally, I wanted to help her with a few looks to consider. I also thought you might be interested as well, so I’m sharing the ensembles below.

The outfits in question are all easy and effortless. Some of the looks feature chic skirt options as alternatives to shorts. There is also an ensemble with trousers. The trick there is focusing on silhouettes that are looser in nature and balancing the look with a vest top (rather than a ton of layers).

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for the outfit ideas I sent over to my friend to consider for the season. There’s also shopping inspo sprinkled throughout.


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A skirt is a great alternative to shorts if that's your style. An oversized white shirt is breezy and feels incredibly modern. While you could incorporate a sweater for a layered look, this ensemble works without it as well if it's warm outside.


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If you're going for trousers, consider a flowy pair in a lightweight fabric with a vest top for a chic spring look.


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You can't deny the power of a one-and-done dress in white or a lighter hue for an effortless spring or summer vibe.


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Very into the idea of tying a knot in a tee and teaming it with a cute skirt for a fail-safe ensemble.


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Here's another A+ outfit with a skirt. The trick with a maxi skirt when it's warmer outside is finding one with a slit. The addition of the bralette or a tank balances out the silhouette.

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know. 

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.