Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

The summer season is all about the pretty, flowy dresses and skirts for me dressing the bump and now being postpartum. But there’s also something I love about a good pair of shorts. With the weather being consistently warm in most places, shorts are easy to grab to keep you cool and comfortable. They’re also very versatile to where you can dress them up or down. The top you choose to wear with your shorts sets the tone of your look as to whether it’s dressy or casual. Although I love my denim Agolde shorts, the shorts you wear don’t have to be denim. The options are endless from the color to the length to the material. So if you’re a dress lover like me who loves classic, feminine pieces, they’re still shorts out there for you. I’m sharing a roundup of casual shorts outfits that you can wear throughout the summer season.

Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

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Casual Denim Shorts

As previously professed, I love Agolde denim shorts. The fit, quality and comfort stand out from many other denim shorts I’ve tried in the past. The wonderful thing about denim shorts is you can dress them up or down. I tend to want to dress more distressed denim shorts down with a simple camisole and kimono like what I’m wearing in the picture below. This would be a great outfit to wear to a picnic or running errands around town.

Darker washes of denim seem to give a more dressy vibe, and can be paired with a flowy blouse or a peplum tank like this one. This pair of dark denim from Express is still a bit distressed but are darker in color, and you could wear a tank top and nice blazer for a fun out-to-dinner look.

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Chino Shorts

Chino shorts are generally made of a lightweight cotton, so very breathable. And on those hot summer days, breathable is all we care about! I love this pair because they’re easy to wear with most anything. This pair also comes in lots of fun, bright colors. You could pair a simple tank top, espadrilles, sun hat and a straw tote with these. If you’re needing some inspo on straw handbags, I rounded up my favorites here!

How to style chino shorts for summer

Biker Shorts

Some biker shorts are a major no for me, but I love this faux leather pair! They remind me of my favorite Spanx leggings, but in shorts form. You could throw together a lot of different cute summer outfits with these. A crop top that hits right at the top of these shorts would be a great lounge outfit for summer. You could also do a 180 and pair a white tunic, denim jacket and mules for a chic outfit to wear to brunch.

Casual Summer Shorts Outfits from Express

Linen-Blend Summer Shorts

Linen is such a perfect material to wear in the spring and summer because it’s just light and breezy. These relaxed, high-waisted pair are affordable and would go with any color shirt. You could pair a graphic tee and some espadrilles for a fun beach vacation look. Add a straw bag and some sunglasses, and you’ll be beach-vibin’ all day.

I also love these paper-bag linen shorts for a more elevated look to linen shorts. You can wear these with a fitted bodysuit, pumps and a crossbody for an elegant look that will keep you cool. Short outfits can definitely be as dressy as you want them to be.

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Pleated Shorts

Another style of shorts that makes cute summer outfits are pleated shorts like this pair. The tortoise button details and chunky belt loops gives them an effortlessly chic vibe. These would pair well with a strappy sandal, slide or wedge. Because these are a dressier short, I prefer to tuck whatever shirt I’m wearing in to make the look more polished. A body suit would work well with this or a thin shirt like this one to easily tuck in without adding bulk. These would be fun to wear to a date night.

feminine summer outfit idea

White Lace Shorts

These gorgeous lace shorts make a such a statement with all the pretty details. If you’re wanting a more dressing look, white lace shorts are a great option to wear to church and brunch. You could pair this off-the-shoulder flutter sleeve top with these shorts for a night out look. They would also be a great option for a bride to pack for her beach bachelorette party. If you want a look for less when it comes to lace, an eyelet option would be beautiful too.

Summer fashions are a lot of fun to play with different types of clothing like shorts. No matter what you’re doing throughout the summer, there’s always a pair that would work for most occasions to keep you cool and comfortable without sacrificing your sense of style.

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Style guide for casual summer shorts

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