Well, are you ready to get some sun on those legs and hit the ground running? I mean it’s been a while and I know I can’t wait to start digging the shorts out of the bottom of my drawers! This sentiment may not be shared by all, but shorts season is one of my favorite seasons of all. I have a few all-time favorite pairs and they keep me feeling cool all summer long. So as the temps begin to warm up, let’s cover the hottest shorts of the season, that will keep you cool all summer long. The long and the “short” of it.
Denim Cutoff Shorts
Jean cutoff shorts are a staple piece in the summer rotation. If you had to ask me the best denim shorts it would without a doubt go to Levi’s. I bought my first pair of Levi’s cutoffs from a vintage shop In Boise, Idaho back in high school (which I have still managed to hold onto). I have worn them to shreds but still, find it hard to part with them. They are durable and are my favorite pair of summer shorts. Levi’s are great for their high-waisted silhouettes, distressed details, and overall timeless nature. They look great with any and everything too from a classic white T-shirt to a dressier button-down blouse. Finding the right fit is important too as anything too short or tight and you may have a Daisy Duke situation going on. Make sure you get the right size so they are roomy enough to feel comfortable and breezy all summer long.
Casual Sweat Shorts
The dolphin styles have that retro look to them and that elongates the leg I love right now. These athletic styles are so cute for running errands or athleisure styles. Or, they are great for working out. I love mine for working from home as they keep me cool and comfortable. They are also great as they keep me ready for a long walk at any time of day. So, whether you’re dressing your shorts up for your virtual meeting or pairing it with a favorite casual tee, casual sweat shorts are super cute. Especially, if you’re not quite ready to give up your sweatpants quite yet, but summer is calling and it’s time to switch to shorts. Casual sweat shorts are the right choice.
Bermuda shorts are super cute in tight black denim or a baggy 90s khaki vibe. The Bermuda shorts, or trouser shorts, are taking the shorts to new longer lengths that are now a major street style look, not just a preppy look. Give a pleated pair a high fashion look by pairing it with a plain white tee matching blazer, mules, and gold jewelry. Or wear your raw hem black Bermuda shorts with a black ribbed tank for a monochromatic look with wrap sandals. Faux leather Bermuda shorts are another way to wear this fun trend without looking super basic. Add a blouse or classic top and heels and you have got a look!
Drawstring Linen Shorts
I love linen pants like I love linen shorts in the summer. It’s another classic style that also looks so effortless and beachy in the summer. Oftentimes you can find linen-viscose blends or shorts made with Tencel which is another super soft/silky fabric that is lightweight and breathable. These are your go-to shorts for hitting the beach or for throwing on over your bathing suit as your beach cover-up after a full day in the sun or water. If you’re heading somewhere after just throw on a fun graphic tee to pair with your laid-back linen shorts. Also super cute in khaki or olive green with a simple white top, denim jacket, and white tennis shoes or flip flops.
Paperbag waist shorts sit higher on the waist that gives it that cinched silhouette. Many of them have a bow-tie, belted or ruched waist. They are very cute and feminine as they create the hourglass figure and they typically are worn with a tighter fitting top. Bodysuits and high-neck tank tops are great options for flouncy paperbag shorts for a lightweight summer look with sandals. This is one of my personal favorite summer styles as it’s easy to throw on and keeps you cool all summer long. Also, great to layer a cardigan with if it tends to get cooler in the evenings. Or you can dress up a built-in belted pair with a chic blouse and espadrille sandals.
Some key factors to keep in mind when shopping for shorts:
- Fit/Length: Choose styles and fits that accentuate your shape and body type. Also, opt for lengths, waists, and fits in accordance with your body type.
- Fabric: Shorts come in a variety of lightweight materials for summer such as cotton, Tencel, linen, polyester, and denim. Choose a fabric that gives you the right amount of breathability that you feel your best in.
- Occasion: Know the occasion for where you are going to wear each pair of shorts you are buying. Are these for exercising, everyday wear (working from home), the beach, formal attire? It’s important to choose a pair that fits the occasion that you’ll be wearing them to.
With so many fun styles and brands to choose from, which shorts styles are you excited to wear this summer?
Ah, jumpsuits, the perfect transitional piece to take us from spring into summer. Not to mention this one-piece miracle worker does the heavy lifting by making us look put together with minimal effort required. This is important as many of us are still a little unsure if changing out of loungewear ever again is a good idea. Jumpsuits will bridge that middle ground between fashion and comfort and are a good starting point for breaking out of your sweats. Dresses are great too for this purpose, but for a more modern, edgy, of-the-moment design, the jumpsuit is your answer.
Jumpsuits also require the bare minimum when it comes to styling as the jumpsuit itself is the focal point. Add jewelry, heels, and a handbag if you are dressing up the look, or it can easily be dressed down with sneakers or sandals. Now, jumpsuits have been around for a bit (and no one is complaining) as they are a perfect balance of comfortable chic and they can go from season to season. Many of the styles included here are the more popular styles that have been circulating around the internet, on social media, to the runways in Paris. Behold, the many options in place that you have before you as we discuss all the different styles of jumpsuits.
But first a little history:
Thanks to French-American designer, Pauline Trigere, who first popularized the jumpsuit in the 1960s. As it was once considered an item reserved solely for workers in the industrial arena, it quickly gained its popularity over the years as a highly recognizable fashion garment. Fast forward to now and jumpsuits are once again fashionable.
Utility jumpsuits were designed for and specifically worn back during WWII by pilots to serve a military purpose. Then, jumpsuits evolved to become a style only worn by male laborers in the workforce, then women joined the trend, once they entered the workforce. Today, women everywhere wear utility jumpsuits (and the like) as a symbol of style and strength perhaps – as it carries a part of history for women’s rights. Utility jumpsuits tend to run baggier or have an oversized fit them so keep that in mind as far as your fit preferences. Although, many come with cinched waists and buttons so you can adjust. Also, yes! It has pockets too! Lots of them. Style with casual white sneakers, double-strap sandals, or sandals with a low heel. This look is one that will take flight!
Similar to the utility jumpsuit, the boiler suit is also synonymous with the working class and another replication of the jumpsuit itself. Today, you can find many iterations of the boiler suit but a common style is the denim boiler suit. With long sleeves, a structured color, and belted or unbelted waist you can adjust the fit. They can either be form-fitting or slouchy depending on the cut. This makes boiler suits a super practical option for any work-from-home wear as well. Dress it up with a pair of mules and gold accessories or down with some sporty sneakers.
Cropped jumpsuits are ideal for spring as we move into summer. Find a lightweight breathable material like linen, Tencel, or modal which will keep you cool and comfortable. Also, these fabrics are made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials which are better for the environment. Sounds like a win/win! Sleeveless crop flare jumpsuits are great because they are just as cute worn with a T-shirt as they are alone or with a jacket. So grab your spring denim jacket and straw tote bag as you hit the streets in your retro sneaks!
Rompers also belong in this category as they are perfect for the season ahead – summer! They are so cute in the short-sleeved button-front styles with cinched bow waists as well as the slouchier casual styles with a pocket-front and straps that tie in a bow. Either way, you can’t go wrong here. This is another great style to wear in structured stretch denim, cotton, or linen. Pair with your favorite neutral-colored braided slides or tennis shoes for a look that will have you ready for a vacation!
Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Wide leg jumpsuits with a structured bust design or dynamic puffy sleeves are a major hit this season. You can also add to the wide-leg drama by opting for a jumpsuit in a bold, bright color like bubblegum pink or cherry red. This may also help brighten the mood of the world around you too. Slip on your strappy sandals or barely-there square-toe heels, metallic accessories, and a handbag for an Haute look!
If you’re feeling a bit fancier, strapless jumpsuits are a great alternative to the more laid-back styles we have discussed prior. They are also the perfect choice for occasion wear – be it a wedding or any other type of formal occasion you have coming up this year. The fabric you choose is crucial too like crepe or structured polyester. Conversely, faux leather jumpsuits are going mainstream and work well on strapless styles too. This style is edgy, to say the least, and would be a showstopper for sure. Add heels and a clutch to elevate these looks.
This brings us to our retro style, designed by Pauline Trigere in the 1960s, that is influenced by the disco era of the sixties and seventies. These sleek one-pieces are trending in form-fitting silhouettes with flared, bell-bottom legs. What a fun way to wear a jumpsuit – with sequins and sparkles! These retro jumpsuits will definitely have you dancing the night away!
If you have been following the hottest quarantine trends of this year and last, then you will know that bike shorts have been one of them. They have proven undoubtedly convenient for any work-from-home lifestyle outside of sweatpants (when you want to switch up the rotation) and they are so easy to turn into effortlessly stylish outfits. Take the following seven simple ideas for example of how to style bike shorts.
Long T-Shirt & Bike Shorts
This trend is easy to pull off but oh so comfortable and chic too. I recommend doing an all monochrome look in head-to-toe beige or a fun pop of color like seafoam green. Or, you can grab your Bermuda length bike shorts in black and pair it with your favorite oversize classic rock (Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, etc.) band/graphic tee. Keep this style fresh with a chunky pair of fashion sneakers or tennis shoes. If you are into the trend, add a pair of white tube socks. Switch things up with an unexpected chain crossbody mini bag and a jean jacket with extra volume.
Oversize Sweatshirt & Bike Shorts
Does anyone recall the iconic Princess Diana bike short and sweatshirt looks? She had a few, but infamously wore her black bike shorts with a vintage Harvard University grey mock neck sweatshirt and made it a style that is branded in my mind forever. In fact, I replicated this exact style by thrifting a similar sweatshirt during quarantine (one of my new favorites I might add). At any rate, this style is simple to recreate by using one of your own college sweatshirts or even a plain crew neck sweatshirt for that matter. Add a pair of colored bike shorts if you dare. This look is meant to be sporty, so sport those sneaks (and socks) and you’re good to go.
Blouse & Faux Leather Bike Shorts
Faux leather bike shorts are one of those pieces you could take from day to night or casual to dressy in no time. They are super edgy, versatile, and just plain cool. Also, SPANX carries one particular faux leather bike short that has a contoured waistband made to hold you in. So, they are very flattering too. Add a tight-fitting bodysuit to wear underneath and that way you could do a layered look whether you wanted to add a fancy satin blouse if you are going out or a casual button-down if you are just hanging out. Depending on which occasion you find yourself in, faux leather bike shorts look great with sneakers or heels and your blouse of choice.
Bike Shorts with Layers
Keep your look cool and casual by adding layers. Running out to meet a friend for a casual lunch date in the afternoon? Layer a cropped black tank top or ribbed sports bra under an oversized blouse or flannel top. Then, take a crewneck sweater or jacket and tie it around your waist for an extra layer-y vibe. Love mixing different textures, colors, and materials here too. Since this is more of a daytime casual outfit, pair with Teva sandals, Birkenstocks, UGG boots, or casual sneakers. Backpacks, fanny packs or even your hobo purse will do well with this everyday style.
Blazer, Crop Tee & Bike Shorts
Give your high-waisted bike shorts a match it deserves by coupling it with a trendy cropped top. Dare to bare a little skin or not, the crop top is a fun choice to wear for that 90s vibe and is great for summer too. Take this look from day to night or give it a little spin by adding a blazer. Take it monochrome but wearing a black blazer with black bike shorts or by wearing a plaid blazer. Keep a sporty vibe with socks and sneakers or opt for next-level sophistication by adding heels.
Whenever a chic blazer is involved keep the handbags classy. Tote your oversized baguette clutch or structured cross-body bag.
Dress & Bike Shorts
Why not style your bike shorts with a flirty spring dress? Take your man out on a date or vice versa. Mini styles or slip dresses would be so cute here with a flared or ruffled skirt. Think florals, pastels, lace, button fronts, and chiffons. Anything that is sweet, feminine, and pretty. Imagine this almost as a refined Punky Brewster a la the ‘80s TV sitcom. Dress your adorable frock up with an edgy black or brown leather jacket – one that’s a baggier style. Complete this look with ankle booties, loafers or mules, and a small leather satchel. Add some dainty gold layered necklaces and a statement ring (i.e. turquoise, opal, or moonstone).
Cardigan, Tank & Bike Shorts
Staying in? Grab your cardigan. Bike shorts are the best for lounging at home too. They come in ribbed styles now that come in the softest fabrics you will never want to take them off. These bike shorts are made for sleepwear too so pair them with a tank that’s a similar style and color. Then, layer with one of your favorite cozy, chunky, and long cardigans. This is an ideal loungewear look but could even pass for a quick run out to your local coffee shop too. Toss on a pair of casual slides as you head out or a comfy pair of tennis shoes. Add a messenger bag or large canvas tote bag in case you have to do some light shopping afterward.