Shorts have undeniably come from behind to claim the title of most-wanted fashion item this summer. It’s hardly surprising, though, when they not only keep you cool but also manage to look really polished. Not everyone is a dress person, and shorts provide a great alternative on those warm-weather days, even layered up into autumn. The only problem is whereas a dress is an all-in-one instant outfit, shorts take a little more thinking about what to pair with them. If you can pin down a few easy combinations, though, they can be just as effortless to throw on in the morning.
So that you can skip the boring trial and error of putting together outfit combos, I’ve done the hard work for you and styled up five outfits below that should see you through 99% of your summer calendar. Of course, there are a lot of co-ords involved because we all know shorts sets are having a serious moment right now but also because they create a similar streamlined look as a dress or suit. For smarter occasions, choose tailored shorts that you can add a chic leather belt to for a polished finish. And for more relaxed affairs, like beach days and weekend wanderings, drawstring options are your new go-to.
The best part is that all the pieces below are basically interchangeable, as I was sure to include only classic, versatile pieces that you can dress up or down. Pair the Totême set with those cute Gucci sandals for a nice lunch or dinner look, for example, or throw the Asceno shorts over your Hunza G swimsuit when you’re sightseeing around the city. Either way, with the five shorts outfits below in your sartorial arsenal, you’ll have the rest of summer covered in the chicest way possible. Keep scrolling to see and shop.