Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

I love wearing pretty, flowy dresses and skirts throughout the summer season. 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 because 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, there are still shorts out there for you. I’m sharing a roundup of casual summer shorts outfits that you can wear throughout the season.

Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

Casual Denim Shorts

Casual summer shorts outfits


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 above. 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 floral top like this one. This pair of dark denim is 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 an eyelet top, neutral block heels and a straw tote with these. If you’re needing some inspo on straw handbags, I rounded up my favorites here!

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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.

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Linen-Blend Summer Shorts


Linen is such a perfect material to wear in the spring and summer because it’s just light and breezy. This 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. 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 to easily tuck in without adding bulk. These would be fun to wear to a date night.

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Eyelet Shorts


These gorgeous eyelet 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 an off-the-shoulder 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.

Summer fashion is 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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