From the street to the beach, shorts are a go-to in summer. While you can find this warm-weather staple in a variety of colors and styles, they can be tricky to wear stylishly — without falling into the shorts-and-t rut, that is.
If you’re struggling to put together interesting and creative shorts outfits, we’re here to help. Get inspired by these fun and fashionable summer looks on Instagram.
Instagram shorts outfits to copy
1. Shorts and blazer
Yes, you can wear a blazer that’s longer than your shorts — assuming you feel confident in short-shorts. If not, swap out the teeny, high-waist shorts worn by @paulinafelicjanska for a hemline you prefer.
The winning arrangement here is the simple white t-shirt, tucked into a paper bag waist plus the broad shouldered-blazer. It’s casual, polished, and a hint serious all in one.
2. Shorts and tall boots
On crisp days that are too warm for jeans, try mimicking @estheraguirre’s style: black shorts with knee-high boots and a trench. The belt and striped t-shirt put the finishing touches on an outfit that’s so chic, you sort of forget she’s wearing shorts at all.
3. Shorts with a button-down, unbuttoned
You may have all the pieces on hand to copy @nickykazan’s look here. Your favorite shorts, a white t-shirt, and a lightweight, soft white button-down. The button-down functions as your outer layer — it’s breezier and more casual than a blazer.
Be sure to add your favorite necklace and a cross-body bag. Then head out to explore the nearest city and enjoy lunch on a bustling patio, because you’re dressed perfectly for that itinerary.
4. Shorts and lugs
@my_lovely_cosmos shows us the secret to wearing lug boots and shorts, without looking like a brooding teen: Keep the colors light and the textures soft. The muted color palette is soothing and easy on the eyes. And that knit vest? It’s the perfect way to balance the ruggedness of those boots.
Overall, her vibe is relaxed, but in a don’t-mess-with-me kind of way. It’s brilliant.
5. Shorts and kimono
This is a shorts look you can pull off at any age. Team a twill short with a t-shirt and your favorite patterned kimono. Bonus points if you can choose a handbag that pulls out one of the colors on your kimono (as @petradieners does so masterfully). Choose shoes based on comfort — a platform looks chic, but flat mules or even a tidy sneaker would work, too.
6. Shorts and pretty blouse
Who said shorts can’t be classy? @kathleen_life_style shows us how it’s done. Her outfit is so simple but also wonderfully put together. What’s working for her is the longer hemline on the white shorts and the beautifully feminine and interesting blouse.
And although her shirt is not tucked, she is 100% pulled together by way of savvy accessory choices. Between the movie-star sunnies and the bedazzled sandals, she’s made several wise style moves — pastel bag, red lip, and elegant bracelets are three of them.
The best shorts outfits
Spring is finally here! Why not enjoy it by adding a few new looks to your rotation? These stylish shorts outfits are ultra-chic and easy to recreate on a budget. So give it a shot. Might be fun to get your friends thinking you have a style consultant on the payroll, right?