This Expensive-Looking Trouser Trend Could Replace Denim Shorts This Summer

While denim shorts are a major summer mainstay, I've started to notice another piece take hold this season: tailored shorts. Even Meghan Markle has taken on this polished trend. While I don't expect to see denim shorts slink away entirely, I'm not surprised that the sharply tailored bottoms are taking over. After all, it's the summer of the clean-girl aesthetic. Sleek, polished, anti-trend pieces are everywhere, so it only makes sense that fashion people are gravitating to the easy, minimal shorts right now.

When it comes to styling, you can approach them in a similar way to denim shorts or jeans. The fashion set has been wearing them with looks that are casual yet pulled-together—pairing them with everything from white tees and strappy sandals to bandeau tops and slingback heels. Ahead, get inspiration for how to wear tailored shorts this season and tap into the cool looks that are defining effortless summer style.

1. Strapless Top + Long Shorts + Mules

Tailored shorts: @sylviemus_ wears tailored shorts with a strapless top and mules



Style Notes: It always works to go for a tonal look. Pair tailored shorts with a bandeau top, a leather belt, and pointed heels for an outfit that strikes the perfect balance of polished and cool.

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Every wardrobe needs a great leather belt. 

Yes, shorts and heels are big right now. 

2. White Shirt + Cotton Shorts + Toe-Loop Sandals

Tailored shorts: @fakerstrom wears tailored shorts with a white shirt and sandals



Style Notes: The Kendall Jenner look that took summer 2021 by storm is just as chic if you swap out trousers for tailored shorts. Consider this your go-to outfit for a heat wave.

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A white shirt is the foundation of so many great 'fits. 

Rely on a strappy top all summer long. 

3. Blazer + Dad Shorts + Monochrome Accessories

Tailored shorts: @clairerose wears tailored shorts with a blazer and dad shorts



Style Notes: Blazers are a year-round staple, and this outfit proves it. Adding a blazer to tailored shorts and a T-shirt instantly lends more structure, making it the perfect look to wear for casual business meetings.

4. Tank Top + Linen Shorts

Tailored shorts: @deborabrosa wears tailored shorts with a two-tone tank top



Style Notes: For a look that reads as a bit dressier, focus on an elegant top. It can be as simple as a two-tone tank that is tucked into sharp shorts and paired with a sleek bag.

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This classic pair will be a forever staple piece. 

If you're going to invest in a beautiful timepiece, look no further. 

The baguette style carries just the essentials. 

5. Blazer + Knee-Length Shorts + Trainers

Style Notes: It doesn't get cooler than simply adding a blazer in a complementary shade along with some eye-catching trainers. This is the ultimate weekend outfit.

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For summer, this is the perfect lightweight cover-up.

For those on the hunt for warm weather staples.

These iconic kicks will add a cool spin to any look.

6. Long-Sleeved Tee + Matching Shorts + Suede Bag

Tailored shorts: @tylynnnguyen wears tailored shorts with a long-sleeved tee and suede bag



Style Notes: Here's another look that plays with a T-shirt and shorts. The upsized tee gives it a casual and relaxed feel, while the strappy sandals and suede shoulder bag make it feel intentional.

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A light long-sleeve is a seasonless staple. 

Next: The Simple Jeans-and-Shoe Formula Fashion Insiders Swear By in Summer

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.