Sure, we all love a great pair of denim cutoffs, but that doesn’t mean all shorts have to be casual. Enter dressy shorts. From suede to tailored styles, these outfits are great for a date night, a weekend in the city, and general spring and summertime revelry.
We’re a bit obsessed with summer suede these days, and shorts are no exception. Just take this Chloe look, for example. The luxe material is an easy way to make your shorts look just as sophisticated as a skirt or dress.
Just like their skirted sisters, shorts are always a bit more accepted when they hit closer to your knee than upper-thigh. What’s more, it is the ideal excuse to rock a more casual style, like this pair of embellished board shorts from J.Crew.
Taylor Swift-approved matching tops and bottoms are youthful and elegant. This look is by Diane von Furstenberg.
Cuffed and Tailored
Just like a pair of longer pants, shorts are more conservative when cuffed and tailored. These pinstriped shorts from Chanel go great with everything from a white blouse for the office to a T-shirt for the weekend.
A one-piece romper has a true air of sophistication when cut and fit correctly. This white romper from Topshop is the perfect shorts version of our favorite versatile shirtdress.
When in doubt, wear black. There’s nothing more versatile, sophisticated, sexy, and conservative—all at the same time. We didn’t even know it was possible to be this perfect. Shorts like these on the Balenciaga runway sit at the top of our wish list this summer.