August is nearly upon us and, at this point in the season, we’ve worn our way through many of our summertime staples. Our strappy leather sandals are starting to crack, our white dresses have inevitably been stained and/or we’re just plain tired of wearing most of what the hot weather has required us to wear. Don’t get us wrong—we’ll never lament the sunshine, but we are definitely desperate for ways to refresh our look for the remainder of the season’s steamy months, particularly in the pants department. Denim shorts are the default for pretty much everyone and probably always will be, but even they start to read a little stale after a while. Enter the alternative to your go-to cutoffs.
As of late, we’ve been eyeing an assortment of non-denim shorts that have reignited that summer style spark. The best part? They cast a wide net in terms of style, so the options are endless. Silhouettes can be tailored or slouchy. Color palettes run the gamut of bright, patterned and muted. Aesthetics can be minimal or ’70s-inspired. In other words, there are plenty of avenues to take here. Need proof? Scroll down to shop 15 spot-on non-denim picks to help reinvigorate your summer look.
Non-Denim Days Ahead
If your closet is lacking in color, consider adding these grass-green shorts. Style with a Breton-striped tee and white sneakers for a comfortable, cute weekend look.
Clyde Work Shorts
A pair of crisp white shorts is an effortless way to feel polished and professional while still staying cool in boiling temperatures.
The Lemonade Shorts
Finally! An excuse to book your next boat trip.
Ashley Rowe Shorts
We’d style these high-waisted shorts with a pretty crop top and lace-up sandals for a weekend getaway to the beach.
Esy High Waist Shorts
You’ll wear these minimal noir shorts year after year thanks to their quality and versatility.
Give your look a camp-inspired vibe with a pair of contemporary cargo shorts (sans bulky pockets). Wear with a tee and printed scarf to tie it all together.
Hillier Bartley Pinstriped Cotton-Poplin Shorts
A pair of shorts that feel as comfortable as pajamas—we’re in!
Rope Tie Linen Shorts
When it’s ultra-hot outside, nothing's better than feeling like you’re not wearing clothes at all. Hence, we’re eyeing these roomy drawstring shorts.
Gingham Pull On Paperbag Shorts
Add a playful pop of gingham (in an unexpected shade of navy) to your poolside wardrobe.
Diane von Furstenberg Paperbag-Waist Crochet-Knit Shorts
If ever there were a pair of shorts to inspire a vacation, it’s this one.
We can totally see ourselves wearing these embroidered shorts on holiday in Santorini.
Gemini Button Shorts
These high-waist navy shorts are like the grown-up version of denim cutoffs.
Cotton Linen-Blend Shorts
Violeta by Mango
These are proof that khakis never go out of style—you just have to know how to dress them up a bit. Our suggestion? Try statement earrings and a fitted T-shirt.
Plus Size Ruffle Hem Shorts
Who What Wear x Target
If you prefer shorts with a flirty and feminine touch to them, try some with a ruffled hem, like these printed beauties.
Who knew sweatshorts could look so chic? Sign. Us. Up.