As someone who's from the South and has actually returned to the South in recent years, I think I'm well-equipped to speak on the subject of shorts, the number one summer wardrobe essential in hot and humid weather. Sure, I could just wear denim shorts and a T-shirt every day, but I've seen so many interesting outfit ideas lately that involve shorts. Now, I'm inclined to try just a little harder.
Of the nine outfits I selected below, only three feature denim shorts. The rest run the gamut, from bike shorts to paper-bag shorts to lounge shorts. All of these outfits are simple, comfortable, and casual, because that's what I believe shorts outfits should be, and they're all fresh for next season. Since summer doesn't even technically begin for another month, we all have plenty of time to give them a try.
Scroll for nine non-dated outfit ideas to copy and shop the shorts you need to make them happen.
This is the most casual of shorts outfits, but you can make it feel cool and elevated with subtly trendy accessories.
A cool white top tucked into denim shorts feels fresh and clean in the summer. Just add sneakers.
This is one of my personal favorite outfits thanks to its effortlessness. l love to wear bike shorts with something loose on top to balance them out.
This casual summer outfit is one that could easily be worn every weekend. Adding a button-down shirt makes it feel "non-dated."
Denim jackets are back, and bike shorts never left, so why not wear them together?
Nothing says summer like a pretty white top paired with a bit of color.
This one's a classic: a cropped white tee and denim cutoffs. Bonus points if you have some fancy flip-flops to wear with them.
When you don't know what to wear this summer, just wear this.