May 31, 2017 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

Four Must Have Pairs of Shorts for Summer

Could your shorts wardrobe use a do-over this summer?  Have no fear, today I have the only four pairs you’ll need for endless outfit pairings.  Just be sure to stock up on plenty of tees, tanks and blouses in solids and prints to complete out your summer wardrobe.  Add on some cute sandals and fun accessories and voila! Instant summer outfits.  And if shorts aren’t your thing, then you can definitely sub in some ankle pants or capris.

Here are my four must have shorts to add to your summer wardrobe plus some outfit inspiration for pairing them up.

1. White

[Top/Shorts/Purse/Sandals (Similar)/Earrings/Bracelet]

White shorts are perhaps what I wear more than any other in the summer months. Every time I post about them I get push back about how quickly they get dirty.  While this can be true, I’ve never really had an issue with it.  Throw them in the wash with a little bleach and they emerge bright, shiny and new every time.

I’ve been living in and loving this frayed hem pair (they’re thick enough for no see-through and they fit true to size) but have also heard good things about this pair or you can shop the pairs linked below.

2. Bright


Bright shorts are my second favorite next to white.  They add that pop of color and interest to so many outfits. At first I was afraid to buy them thinking I would never get to wear them.  Then I surprised myself at how versatile they are by pairing them up with all the neutrals in my closet. Try bright pink with navy or my fave – stripes!

Last year I got the pair pictured above but they are now sold out.  Here’s this year’s version with different colored buttons.

3. Denim


Of course, no summer shorts post could be complete without mentioning denim, or jean shorts (jorts, as my husband calls them).  These are my go-to casual look for everything from tank tops and flip flops to cute summer blouses and wedges.  This pair from my Age Appropriate Shorts Guide is my favorite.

4. Olive

[Top (Similar)/Pants (Similar)/Earrings/Sandals (Similar)]

Last fall, I developed a crush on olive pants and have been hooked ever since.  I’m cheating because this picture features a pair of olive ankle pants but shorts could easily be swapped in to make it cooler.  Remember, if shorts aren’t your thang, then ankle pants and capris are a great alternative!

Summer Challenge Closes Friday

You guessed it!  We’re styling these four pairs of shorts in the Summer 2017 GYPO Style Challenge.  As a matter of fact, they comprise the bottoms on the shopping list!  We’ll be pairing them up in our 23 days of mix and match outfits, along with some super cute summer tops (like those pictured above) and accessories.  If you’d like getting dressed to be the easiest thing you do all summer, then I’d love to have you join me!  It’s an affordable way to have your own personal stylist.  Learn more HERE.

I Feel Pretty Link Up

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments.

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  • Susan Jeffries

    I love casual shorts for summer! One question…did you order your regular size or size down in the striped top? Thanks!

    • I do too! For the top, I didn’t size down. Mine is a size small and it fits fine. 🙂

      • Susan Jeffries


  • I love the vibe of shorts in summer, alas I’m still looking for the perfect denim pair. They can’t be too short, but not too long either and have to have a slight flare… picky ain’t I? The lighter ones in your guide look like they could be coming close.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  • Great post!There are a half a dozen things I would love to have! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

  • I am not a huge fan of shorts and really need to up my game because they are necessary. So many cute options!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Finding the right shorts can be hard work! You are right as they really are a necessity for summer. Good luck! 🙂

  • I love all your flatlays, and your taste is fablulous, thanks for sharing and the link up!!


  • Great short recommendations and flat lays. I am loving all of the fantastic top options!

  • These are wonderful suggestions and I really want to add a new denim pair to my wardrobe. I love all the little accessories you have paired each option with. Thanks as always.

  • I have most but the khaki pair. Love your selections. I find my white denim and denim shorts to be so versatile! Also love the embroidered colorful top in the first pic. I have different lengths too.. . Great ideas!
    jess xx

  • I definitely need to add some white denim to my wardrobe!!!

  • Laura

    I just added a pair of olive shorts to my closet and am so excited to wear them this summer! They will get so much wear!

  • one thing I find challenging about being pregnant (besides, well, actually being pregnant) is SHOPPING. Shorts are on my list… at least this helps focus the process a little more me 🙂

  • Totally agree with all of these. I think I’m going to add a pair of olive shorts to my collection this year.

  • I was just looking at my “nice” shorts collection and realized it is woefully small. I don’t even have a pair of denim ones anymore! I’ll have to fix that soon.

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.