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Not every summer moment is a sundress moment. When temperatures soar, you want to wear the least amount possible — while also looking good. During muggy weather, it can be hard to find the middle sartorial ground between little cotton sundresses and walking around in a tankini and flip flops. So what do you wear when you’d prefer to be as unclothed as possible while still remaining decent enough to be in public?
Skirts can be meh, and jumpsuits can be exhausting…so why not choose a pair of shorts? Denim shorts are the obvious option, but they tend not to provide the breathability we crave in the summer. Plus, chafing. If your closet is stocked with denim shorts, it’s time to swap them out for lighter alternatives. Don’t worry about non-denim shorts looking too casual, either – you can dress ‘em up or down with just a change of shoes and, if you’re feeling fancy, by swapping out your jewelry.
Here are some great non-denim shorts to keep you cool this summer!
Pleated Linen-Blend Tailored Shorts
Wear to the corporate picnic or to that picnic in the park. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
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Mid-Rise Ruffle Edge Shorts
Wear to the farmer’s market and then grab a drink at your fave coffee shop. Available in sizes 2 to 24W.
Linen Blend Scallop Shorts
Pretty and polished, these are the Summer Friday shorts of your dreams. Available in sizes 0 to 20.
Paperbag Waist Shorts
Wear with your favorite cropped tee shirt during the day, then slip on a linen blazer at night for an elevated look. Available in sizes XS to L.
High-Waist Biker Short
The wide waistband of these biker shorts will keep them from rolling – a plus for weekends on the go. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Off The Grid Solid Shorts
Sure, you could wear these shorts during your outdoor adventures, but they’re so comfy, you could also slip them on to binge-watch your newest streaming obsession. Available in sizes XS to L.
Pleated White Woven Shorts
More than just a pair of shorts, these flared little beauties look like a miniskirt. Wear to work and to drinks after. Available in sizes XS to XL.
J.Crew Paddle Short
Minimalist and versatile, you can wear these everywhere and with everything. Available in sizes XX-Small to 3X.
SHOP ON J. CREW – $49.99-$69.50
This breezy skort is great for vacation, as they’ll go from sightseeing to swim coverup in a snap. Sizes OO to 26W.
Super cozy and made for lounging, these are the shorts you’ll want to wear on repeat. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
High-Rise Pull–On Shorts
Sporting fun, fruit-punch colors, I’d wear these shorts every damn day. Available in sizes XS to 4X.
Crinkle Woven Shorts
Wear these shorts with your bling and your darkest sunglasses. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Jean shorts are a fun staple, but we really love these versatile non-denim shorts! Tell us what you think in the comments!
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