Every summer the inclination to reach for a pair of cutoffs seems to arise, leaving longer, Bermuda-type lengths relegated to the “trends we’re not interested in trying” pile. This season, though, something has changed. Longer shorts have taken brands like J.Crew by storm, urging women to step out of their comfort zone and find new ways to work the trend. Need some inspiration? Take a cue from the style playbook of the any of the following ladies—there are more stylish possibilities than you think.
Damsel in Dior
A pair of tailored Bermuda shorts makes for the perfect summertime office outfit base. Tuck in a crisp shirt, add high heels, and accessorize with a chunky statement necklace.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints. Stripes on stripes in similar hues but in varying widths is a good place to start. If you’re feeling more ambitious prints, keep accessories as neutral and classic as possible.
Transform an old pair of skinny jeans into knee-length shorts that are on the tighter side. Balance the fit with an oversize button-down and flats to create a chic weekend look.
Get bold in brightly colored shorts. After all: If not summer, then when? Loose silhouettes read as more modern than a tighter pair of Bermudas.
It’s all about the pantsuit for work these days, but when the weather is super hot, go with a shorts version instead. The style is equal parts youthful and fresh.
The Fashion Guitar
A pair of slouchier shorts instantly feels more chic if cut in a classic pattern like stripes. Take it one step further and style yours with a white top for optimal tailored appeal.
Polish up a T-shirt and distressed-denim pairing with a classic blazer. Styling trick: Cuffing the hems of the shorts will lend a pulled-together touch.
Awed by Monica
Traditional suiting feels new again when shorts are teamed with a sleeveless vest.
Camille Over the Rainbow
An athletic drawstring pair becomes party-ready when styled appropriately—think mixed with a sharp blazer, pumps, and an oversize clutch.
We Wore What
Long shorts are date-night-approved too. Match a high-waisted pair with a crop top and stilettos for an unexpectedly sexy summer evening look.
Song of Style
Go the monochromatic route in an all-white look. Tailored wide-leg shorts and a clean cotton T-shirt should cover you from a summer Friday at the office to weekend brunch with friends!
This Time Tomorrow
Floaty shorts are a great alternative to below-the-knee-length skirts. Find a pair you love in a bold, summery pattern and keep the rest of the look simple to ensure your shorts are the star of the show.
Two for the Show
Channel your inner schoolboy with a slim—but not tight—pair. Fully immerse yourself in the collegiate-inspired look by slipping into a varsity sweater and finishing with a cross-body bag.