10 Summer-Ready Outfits With Shorts

So many ways to wear them.

Woman wearing blue denim shorts and black blazer

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It’s finally that glorious time of year when temperatures are consistently warm and wardrobe staples shift from sweaters and socks to dresses and shorts. While styling a dress is typically on the easier side of the spectrum (toss it on, add some sandals, et voilà), a pair of shorts can often prove more challenging.

A few things to keep in mind when coming up with cute outfits with shorts for the months ahead: not all shorts have to be denim, both short and long hemlines can look polished, and, when in doubt, a well-proportioned top can make all the difference. 

Ahead, see and shop 10 cute outfits with shorts you can wear to a park picnic, brunch, or any other sunny weekend adventure your heart desires. 

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Citrus-Hued Colors

Eschew the normal neutrals and reach for a brightly colored pair of shorts and a bold top to match. Add in a denim bucket hat and chunky sandals for a look that feels equal parts modern and retro.

Denim Bucket Hat
Ann Taylor Denim Bucket Hat $40
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Ilana Top
Wray Ilana Top $85
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Bermuda Shorts
Wray Bermuda Shorts $148
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Rio
LoQ Rio $345
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02 of 10

Blank Slate

If you’re feeling stale on outfit ideas, slip into a white-on-white look for a reliably fresh aesthetic. Accessorize with a woven bag and floral sandals for a cheery finish.

Relaxed Crop Tee
Richer Poorer Relaxed Crop Tee $38
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Denim Shorts
Khaite Mitch Denim Shorts $320
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Ivy Flat Mules
Larroude Ivy Flat Mules $190
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Olivia Tote
Bembien Olivia Tote $390
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03 of 10

Minimalist Athleisure

Knitwear shorts are infamously tricky to style; we suggest a lightweight sweatshirt, platform sandals, and a cute anklet for a pared-down athleisure look you could wear just about anywhere.

Sweatshirt
Vince Sweatshirt $195
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Juno Shorts
Frankie Shop Juno Shorts $120
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Heather
Flattered Heather $179
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Renata Pearl Anklet
Wolf Circus Renata Pearl Anklet $79
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04 of 10

Western-Inspired

Upgrade your jean shorts with a denim-on-denim ensemble that subtly nods to western-inspired wear. Bright accessories to finish.

Ruffled Denim Shirt
& Other Stories Ruffled Denim Shirt $69
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70s Distressed Denim Shorts
Re/Done 70s Distressed Denim Shorts $195
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Simone Mules
Staud Simone Mules $275
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Big Misty
Danse Lente Big Misty $375
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05 of 10

Warm Weather Leather

Contrast a pair of leather shorts with a feminine matching cardigan set for a dinner-ready outfit.

Jenny Scalloped Cardigan
Ply Knits Jenny Scalloped Cardigan $280
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Jenny Scalloped Bralette
Ply Knits Jenny Scalloped Bralette $180
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Recycled Leather-Blend Shorts
Agolde Recycled Leather-Blend Shorts $230
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Paz
Jack Erwin Paz $155
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06 of 10

Sheer Textures

If you’re feeling adventurous, reach for a pair of bold shorts crafted in an interesting texture, like organza, for the ultimate summer statement outfit. Add in relaxed separates and accessories to finish the look.

Standard Striped Shirt
Alex Mill Standard Striped Shirt $115
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Organza Shorts
Dries Van Noten Organza Shorts $620
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Nanushka Sunglasses
Nanushka Kadee $325
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Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneakers $60
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07 of 10

Modern Romance

The easiest way to elevate your go-to jean shorts is with an ethereal white blouse and sand-colored sandals. The combination is reliably romantic.

Broderie-Cotton Cropped Blouse
Matteau Broderie-Cotton Cropped Blouse $440
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High-Waist Denim Shorts
Mango High-Waist Denim Shorts $40
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Fifi Sandals
Cult Gaia Fifi Sandals $338
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Del Rey Sun
Garrett Leight Del Rey Sun $360
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08 of 10

Poolside Florals

Punch up your favorite swimsuit with a pair of high-waisted floral shorts and strappy sandals. All that’s left is sunscreen and a good book.

Zadie Bra Top
Lokiki Zadie Bra Top $115
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Anja Shorts
Faithfull the Brand Anja Shorts $149
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Ancient Greek Sandals Eleftheria
Ancient Greek Sandals Eleftheria $255
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Amalfi
Solaqua Amalfi $120
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09 of 10

Sporty Moment

Warm-weather months are ideal for floral prints, which is why this quilted pair from Sea feels oh-so-right for a sunshine-filled weekend. Complement them with a classic white jacket and chunky sandals.

Brighten up bike shorts and Tevas with a rainbow-striped tee and colorful bracelet. The combo is perfect for a post-yoga juice run.

The Modern Long
Kule The Modern Long $78
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Bike Short
Everlane The Perform Bike Short $40
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Universal Sandals
Teva Midform Universal Sandals $60
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Rainbow Turquoise Bracelet
Fry Powers Rainbow Turquoise Bracelet $225
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Unique Florals

Warm-weather months are ideal for floral prints, which is why this quilted pair from Sea feels oh-so-right for a sunshine-filled weekend. Complement them with a classic white jacket and chunky sandals.

Pima Cotton Tee
Billy Reid Pima Cotton Tee $98
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Patchwork Quilted Cotton Shorts
Sea Linden Patchwork Quilted Cotton Shorts $345
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Frankie
Deadwood Frankie $482
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Charli
Labucq Charli $290
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