The Fashion Girl’s Guide To Wearing Shorts

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Shorts are casual by nature, making them an essential for summer, but they also provide a great foundation for more elevated outfits. Instead of only wearing denim cutoffs—no judgement—we suggest upgrading to a more polished style this season. Offered in luxe textures, bright prints and feminine details these chic shorts allow you to look fashion-forward without compensating comfort. Ahead, four of the best options on the market and how to style them.

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It's A Short Thing

This adorable matching set adorned with embroidery and a frayed fringe hem is simultaneously fun yet put-together. Temper the vibrancy with a white cross-body and suede flats for the office.

Faux Leather Crossbody

$23

Forever 21

Greta Leather-Trimmed Suede Point-Toe Flats

$310

ATP Atelier

Jacquard Top with Bow

$50

Zara

Frayed Hem Shorts

$50

Zara

If you prefer a feminine flair choose a gorgeous pastel-colored pair with a flared out silhouette. Mix in a floaty striped top, espadrille sandals and beaded tassel earrings to exude vacation vibes.

Artemis Tassel Drops

$34

BaubleBar

Lilit Espadrille Flatform Espadrille Sandals

$175

Via Spiga

Striped Crop Top

$40

Mango

Guy Suede Flare Shorts

$825

Alexis

Adapt a simple buttoned version for sultry weather with a ribbed tank bodysuit. Add tie-up sandals and retro circle sunnies to complete this cool-girl ensemble.

Wilson Sunglasses

$340

Garrett Leight

Ribbed Bodysuit

$30

H&M

Rizzaa Ankle Strap Sandal

$80

Steve Madden

70s Stretch-Cotton Shorts

$568

Sonia Rykiel

Ditch your miniskirt for a striped paperbag short on a hot night out to team with a cropped crochet top and sexy lace-up heels. A bold red triangular bag injects more interest.

Triangle Leather Bag

$89

COS

Cayenne Sandals

$850

Aquazzura

Square Stitch Crochet Vest

$50

Topshop

Either Way Paperbag Shorts

$130

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