Shorts are a key part of the classic summer uniform—they're what most of us change into when we get home and out of before we leave again. But they tend to fall into our casual rotation, worn with T-shirts and not much else. That doesn't have to be the case. With the right styling, these warm-weather favorites can go just about anywhere, opening up a whole new world of summer outfit options. Our personal stylists created four looks to show just how versatile this summertime staple can be.
When it comes to casual style, denim cutoffs like these can't be beat. The faded wash and frayed hems add a vintage vibe, echoed by the tie-dyed T-shirt. For a put-together look that doesn't try too hard, pick one color to carry through the outfit. We went with salmon, one of summer's hottest hues, tying it into the sweatshirt, T-shirt and sandals.
Golf to Dinner
This versatile outfit lets you fit more fun into the weekend by covering your day and evening dress codes. We started with slim-fitting shorts in a classic color—these two features keep the overall look from skewing sloppy. A performance polo with a bold print looks good on and off the green. When dinnertime rolls around, slip on the striped sweater for a prep-inspired look.
Shorts are a little unexpected at the office—and that's what we love about them. Clean-lined chinos like these are the perfect alternative to trousers for summer's casual Fridays. Keep the look polished with a polo and blazer, minimal accessories and classic leather sneakers.
When it comes to exercise, comfort is key—but you might as well make it look good too. Two-tone running shorts create a color-blocked effect, laying a bold foundation. We played them up with a wash of eye-catching color that'll keep you energized from start to finish.