Five Great Pairs of Summer Shorts on a Budget

Summer Shorts

Ready or not, shorts season is upon us … so break out that heavy-duty moisturizer, a fresh razor and prepare to bare. What we love about shorts over the last few seasons is that they’ve become part of our overall wardrobe options — an alternative even for an evening out, and not just for running errands on Saturday afternoon. Five picks for less:

1. Pleated Accent Shorts, $19.80, Forever21
“Bloomer” styling is the latest in shorts looks this year, and while we haven’t exactly been spending our days hoping and praying for a bloomer revival, worn right these can be both hip and flattering. Speaking of hips, however, and tummies … if you have a little extra in those areas bloomers are not your friend (but you knew that). That being said, if you are curve-challenged, bloomers can add a little oomph where you need it. Pair these with a long lean tank, tailored jacket, and chunky gladiator-style sandals to keep it current.

2. Cargo Shorts With Sash, Charlotte Russe, $19.50
These tie-front, roll-cuff shorts are slightly more casual — and more universally flattering — than the bloomers featured above. They’re versatile too — pair with a t-shirt and flip flops for hanging out, or with a slouchy off-the-shoulder cropped top and colorful wedge sandals for going out.

Summer Shorts

3. Kimchi Blue Full Floral Short, Urban Outfitters, $38
Love a short short skirt but don’t want to deal with the potential wardrobe malfunctions? This short has a retro vibe, with a high-waist and full-silhouette, but you can make it modern with a cropped top in a complementary pattern, and classic ballet flats.

4. Crosshatch Wide Waistband Shorts, Express, $44.50
If your workplace happens to be progressive or casual enough for shorts (lucky you), this sleek tailored pair, just polished enough to look professional, should do the trick. A tailored blouse, heels and bold jewelry will keep it dressy — and you can add a jacket or cardigan to button-down the look even more.

5. Denim Trouser Short, $19.80, Forever21
While we’re not against a classic denim cutoff for kicking around the house or even heading to the beach, for all other purposes we like to see denim taken up a notch with some clean tailored detailing, like this denim trouser short from Forever21. For those of a classic and/or conservative bent, we’d suggest the dark wash, but it comes in an 80s-worthy light wash for the more trend-adventurous fashionistas …

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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