The quintessential summer bottom, shorts are the most versatile pieces of clothing you can have in your closet. Different fabrics, lengths and styles give everyone an endless array of choices, with pieces perfect for your casual and formal occasions.
See below for some cute ways to style your summer outfits with shorts:
1. Denim Is Forever
The first and most obvious choice, denim. Denim cut-offs have been in style since the 70’s, and we love them so much that we even tried to find a way to wear them in the colder months (hello, denim shorts over leggings). Effortlessly casual and laid back, denim shorts are for the casual outings only but can be dressed down with a loose t-shirt, or dressed up slightly with this Claudette Sleeveless Top from Flannel.
2. Girly and Class
If denim is too casual for you, try a pair of flowy shorts for a slightly more elevated everyday look. There are two types of flowy shorts that you’ll usually find, shorts that are made from crepier, looser material but still look like shorts, or skorts which are shorts that resemble a skirt.
Pair flowy shorts with a tight top in order to balance the looseness of your bottoms. If your shorts are patterned, opt for a solid coloured top with fun cutouts in order to add more design without overclustering your outfit with prints. See Flannel’s range for a variety of skorts and flowy shorts in one place.
3. Work It
Shorts can be the perfect alternative to skirts for business occasions or work if you know how to style them. If you want to rock your legs at work, you should avoid denim at all costs – even if it’s a casual day. Denim shorts scream non-work wear.
The Oyster Belted Shorts from Kookai are a perfect work appropriate short. Available in neutral colours including white and black, loose cuts and fingertip length make it a more sophisticated take on casual shorts.
4. More Formal Occasions
If you hate wearing skirts and dresses to formal occasions, don’t worry because shorts are becoming the formal bottom of choice. If you’re still after the look of a skirt, try Flannel’s Gosling Frill Short. Made with Silk Habotai and handprinted, these shorts resemble the shape of a skirt – but without the hassle. Luxurious printing methods and fabrics make this the ideal piece for your next formal occasion.
Dress the shorts up with the Avanti Blazer from Tigermist and a tight turtleneck for the ultimate effortless and chic formal look.
5. Beach Baby
Technically, the only thing you need to wear at the beach is a bathing suit, but an outfit is needed when you’re heading back to the streets to pick up lunch or marshmallows for your pitfire. Shorts are an ideal and easy coverup for those who don’t prefer the look of a dress.
If you’re wearing a one piece bathing suit then half your outfit is already sorted. Wear your one piece as a bodysuit during the day and pair Showpo’s River Wild Shorts for an easy beach to street look. For a complete cover up look, pair Flannel’s Essential Cami with their Under the Starlit Sky Short. The elasticated waist makes these shorts super to pull on or off, making these the perfect beach cover up.