I love wearing pretty, flowy dresses and skirts throughout the summer season. But there’s also something I really 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 round-up of casual summer shorts outfits that you can wear throughout the season.

Casual Summer Shorts Outfits

Casual Denim Shorts

Casual summer shorts outfits

As I already mentioned, I love my 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 here. This would be a great outfit for 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. This pair is darker, and you could wear a tank top and a nice blazer for a fun out-to-dinner look.

casual summer shorts outfits

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Chino Shorts

Chino shorts are generally made of lightweight cotton, so they are very breathable. And breathable is all we care about on those hot summer days, right? I love this pair because they’re easy to wear with just about anything. You could pair an eyelet top, neutral block heels, and a straw tote with these. And if you’re in the market for a straw handbag, I rounded up my favorites here!

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Biker Shorts

Some biker shorts are a major no for me, but I actually love this faux leather pair. They remind me of my favorite Spanx leggings but in short 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 these with a white tunic, denim jacket, and mules for a chic outfit.

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Linen-Blend Summer Shorts

Linen is a great material for spring and summer because it’s light and breezy. This relaxed, high-waisted pair of linen shorts are affordable and would go with any color shirt. You could pair a graphic tee with some espadrilles for a vacation look. Add a straw bag and some sunglasses, and you’re ready for the beach.

I also love paper-bag linen shorts as a more elevated way to style linen shorts. You can wear these with a fitted bodysuit, pumps, and a crossbody bag for an elegant look that will keep you cool. Short outfits can be as dressy or as casual 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 go well with a strappy sandal, slide, or wedge. Because these are dressier shorts, I prefer to tuck in the shirt I’m wearing to create a more polished look. A body suit would work well with these shorts, or a thin shirt to easily tuck in without adding bulk.

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Eyelet Shorts

These gorgeous eyelet shorts make a statement with all their pretty details. If you’re wanting a dressier look, white lace shorts are a great option. 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 time for playing around with different types of clothing like shorts. No matter what you’re doing throughout the summer, there’s always a pair that would work and help to keep you cool and comfortable without sacrificing style.

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Style guide for casual summer shorts


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