5 Alternatives to Summer’s Traditional Short-Short

Short-shorts. Whether you’ve already phased out of them or not, it sure feels like the fashion crowd certainly has. Blame it on the popularity of vintage-inspired silhouettes or the backlash against an over-saturated Kardashian less-is-more (coverage) approach,  but It-Girls have traded in their cheeky denim cutoffs for a much more subdued style of summer dressing.


Longer lengths and higher rises are among the favored alternatives this warm weather season, taking a totally casual staple and giving it a chance to prove its poise and polish. From the cool and casual to the office-friendly, these are shorts you can swap in for your Daisy Dukes to join the fashion-forward ranks once the real heat hits.

5 Alternatives to Short Shorts

Belted Shorts

BCBGeneration Self-Tie Bermuda Short, $39

Styles with an attached or coordinated belt are automatically dressed up without having to splurge on extra accessories. Whether it’s a wide sash, paper bag option or classic skinny belt, the final look always comes together.

Bold Bermuda Shorts

Nautica Embroidered Bermuda Short, $21.99

Go long in the Bermuda short — a favorite for more than just the links or putting green. This silhouette has broken far away from its country club roots to become a classic for all ages. It flatters on those who want to cover a little more and it flatters on those who normally don’t. Everyone can use a pair in crisp cotton or a comfy sateen stretch blend.

Linen Shorts

The ultimate summer short is, by no contest, a linen option. There are few styles more suited for summer than the white linen short, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Khaki and olive green are always a smart bet, but vibrant shades and colorfully embroidered pairs can be a fun way to celebrate the season as well.

The Suit Short

Chicwish Blazer & Short Set, $59.42

And what about when it comes to the office? You might not be used to wearing denim cut offs there, but there’s certainly got to be a more acceptable option for beating the heat in a trouser! Sophisticated short suits stylishly and appropriately help you keep cool.

Relaxed & Retro Shorts

ASOS Dr. Denim Jean RelaxedAsos retro shorts Short, $57

Retro cuts with a higher waistline and a more relaxed fit through the hip will give you instant cool-girl cred, while keeping you comfy through even the warmest temps. When you’re not squeezing into curve-hugging denim, you can enjoy the breeze in All-American style.


Melissa is creative communications professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.