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Cute Outfits with Shorts for The Sweet Summer Days

By Kaia Saunders / September 2, 2016
Pretty girls on a motorbike wearing denim shorts

With rising temperatures and the blistering sun, shorts are the way to go. Besides being the best way to beat the heat, shorts also give you a chance to show off your tan and wear your favorite summer sandals. As with most clothing, keep a few things in mind about your body shape before choosing the right pair of shorts for you.

When in doubt, remember that you can’t go wrong with mid-thigh length shorts. They look flattering on all body types and they’re great if you are a little self-conscious about your legs. You’ll also have the freedom to roll them up for days when you want to go shorter or add some extra oomph to your look.

If you’re a petite woman, choose shorts that are slightly shorter, slightly being the keyword. Alternately, you could also go for high-waisted shorts and pair them with heels for some added visual length. If you are a curvy girl, make Bermuda shorts your new best friend. They hide your trouble areas and highlight the best part about your legs. If you have a square or straight body, and want to add an illusion of curves, choose pleated, balloon, or A-line shorts.

Shorts aren’t just for casual wear anymore. Just look at how many celebrities have been sporting shorts on the red carpet these days. It all depends on the right top, the right shoes, and of course, the right accessories. While you’re at it, invest in a good pair of tailored shorts. Tailored shorts are universally flattering, and can last you a long time if you don’t sacrifice on quality. They can also be easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

So if you’re wondering how to style this summer staple, here are a few ideas.

Denim Shorts

Woman in the street with denim shorts

It doesn’t get more classic than blue denim shorts (photo: pinterest.com)

Everyone has at least one pair of denim shorts if not more in their closet. Like blue jeans, denim shorts have become somewhat of a cult favorite. You could wear it a hundred different ways but one of our favorite looks for summer is denim shorts with a basic tee and a sleeveless jacket. Add a pair of ankle booties to look extra stylish.

Flowy Shorts

Young woman with a flowy shorts on the street

Flowy shorts are perfect for summer! (photo: elle.com)

Sometimes when it’s hot and humid, you just can’t be bothered with fitted shorts. In come flowy shorts to the rescue. We love these in white lace with a flowy top, a denim jacket and of course a printed scarf. Keep the shoes simple with ballet flats. Beautiful, right?

Long Shorts

Woman in long shorts with navy colored stripes

Long shorts are conservative and comfortable (photo: prettydesigns.com)

If you’re not comfortable flaunting your legs, long shorts are the answer. They’re just as cute and versatile, especially when they’re printed like these striped shorts. Pair with a tank top and a denim jacket to look as cool as a cucumber this summer.

White Shorts

woman in the street with white shorts

White shorts are a summer must-have (photo: pinterest.com)

There’s something so quintessentially summer about basic white shorts. They’re easy, breezy, and incredibly versatile. We love pairing white shorts with a basic blue tank top and ankle length boots. A straw bag makes for an adorable accessory with this look.

Co-ordinates

woman in printed shorts

Co-ordinates are still very much on trend (photo: cositas.org)

Co-ordinates are a blessing for lazy girls everywhere. You don’t have to spend time or energy looking for the right top and you just know it’s going to end up being a cute outfit. Of course, they work just as well as separates. Win-win.

Lace Shorts

girl in lace shorts

Lace shorts are oh-so-pretty (photo: wheretoget.it)

If your style is more feminine and girly, chances are you love all things lace. Lace shorts just have this easy air about them and they’re perfect for beach holidays or for a summer brunch with the ladies. Pair your lace shorts with a chambray shirt and a belt. Throw on some colorful arm candy to truly capture the essence of summer.

Floral Shorts

woman on the bridge with lace shorts

Get your flower power on (photo: glamradar.com)

When everything around you is blooming and beautiful, why shouldn’t you become one with nature with a pair of floral shorts? Make your shorts the center of attention by keeping the rest of your look relatively neutral with a simple tee, sandals, and a fedora.

Striped Shorts

woman in a nice outfit containing striped shorts

Slay the style game with striped shorts (photo: slideshow.tcmwebcorp.com)

Striped shorts are so much fun to wear! They have this cute sailor girl appeal about them but can also be styled to look edgy if you dare. Pair your striped shorts with a crop top. Throw on a crisp blazer and some heels and don’t forget your checkered clutch. Fierce and fabulous!

Tailored Shorts

woman in red tailored shorts

Everyone needs a pair of tailored shorts (photo: aelida.com)

We know what you’re thinking, who has the time to get their shorts tailored, but trust us, never underestimate the power of a good pair of tailored shorts. They can easily go from day to night, casual to dressy, maybe even formal if you play your cards right. We love styling tailored shorts with a casual tee, a matching tailored blazer, and a pair of heels.

Faux Leather Shorts

nice lady in faux leather shorts

Faux Leather shorts are super stylish (photo: pinterest.com)

While we don’t recommend faux leather shorts on very hot, humid days (no one needs sticky thighs), they can look rather chic on days when the temperature is a little forgiving. Pair with a plain white tee, a boxy purse, and patent shoes.

Fun Prints

girl on the street with graphic shorts

Say yes to graphic shorts this summer (photo: fashion.allwomenstalk.com)

Summer is all about having fun and nothing says fun like beautiful, bright prints and colors. Wear your graphic shorts with a plain white button-down shirt and printed pumps for some added fun. Doesn’t this look scream summer?

Mint Shorts

girl in mint colored shorts

Mint is the color of the season (photo: thefashionspot.com)

Mint is such a gorgeous color for summer, isn’t it? There’s just something so visually calming about it. Dare to be different by pairing your bright mint shorts with a bright orange blouse and of course, don’t forget your color-block heels.

High Waisted Shorts

girl in high-waisted denim shorts

Get your retro glam on with high-waisted shorts (photo: justthedesign.com)

High-waisted clothes are having a huge moment right now and we’re not complaining because they look good on practically everyone. Keep it simple by pairing your denim high-waisted shorts with a basic tee and chunky boots, and you’re ready to rock!