Sure, there are plenty of exciting pieces that are fun additions to a summer wardrobe—a brand-new swimsuit, strappy sandals, a voluminous maxi dress, and statement-making earrings come to mind—but often, it’s the wardrobe basics that are the best investments and get the most wear. While you might have staples like T-shirts and sneakers covered, there are some other core fashion buys that get overlooked. For one, white shorts.
After seeing so many snaps of fashion people wearing white-shorts outfits, I realized how versatile they are in any summer wardrobe. With versions ranging from denim cutoffs to Bermuda shorts to knit versions, there are plenty to choose from. Plus, the styling options are nearly endless. Whether worn as part of a matching shorts suit, paired with a racerback tank top, with a cropped cardigan, or underneath an oversize blazer, they’re the summer essential that will get plenty of mileage. Here, see how fashion people are wearing them, and shop my edit.