Alternatives to Shorts #FashionOver40

I love wearing shorts, but I totally understand that not every woman feels comfortable baring her legs. And while I do like shorts, I don’t want to wear them every day of the summer. Fortunately there are lots of great casual alternatives to shorts.

paperbag waist skirt // crewneck tee // bucket bag

(By the way, if you DO like shorts, I also see my post from Tuesday on Stylish Shorts for Moms.)

Meanwhile, here are some shorts alternatives you might like.

Maxi Skirts & Dresses

Maxi skirts are a great option for women looking for casual spring/summer outfits who don’t want to wear shorts or capris. Try to get away from the black maxi skirt, though, and go for a pattern and/or color.

I often wear tank tops with my maxi skirts to stay cool, and if I’m going to be inside and I’m afraid I’ll get cold, I throw a denim jacket over it.

Alternatives to Shorts: Maxi Skirt

maxi skirt via Stitch Fix // J.Crew Perfect Fit Tank // similar denim jacket

Or how about a maxi dress? It’s similar to the maxi skirt, but less fussy because you can throw it on and go. Dress it up with wedges or go with flat sandals or even canvas sneakers to dress it down and keep it comfortable.

striped maxi // sandals // bag

A midi dress can be nice as well, and it’s not as much fabric to deal with, which can be cooler.


Crop Pants & Boyfriend Jeans

Crop pants are all over the place this spring, and if the material is lightweight, they can be quite practical for summertime. I’m loving that the cargo pant trend is back.

graphic tee // cargo pants // sandals // tote // denim jacket

Loose drawstring pants are also great for summer and tend to be cooler than khakis or jeans.

loose drawstring pants

Boyfriend jeans are another option. I know not everyone likes this silhouette (it’s not my favorite on me) but a lot of ladies look super cute wearing them. And you can totally wear them with Converse or a slip-on canvas sneaker if you want to be comfortable.

For those of us who aren’t crazy about boyfriend jeans, you can take your favorite skinny jeans and cuff them. (That’s what I tend to do.)

You can also find lots of options for cropped skinny jeans.

linen tee // distressed white jeans // sandals

Knee-Length Dresses & Skirts

My favorite alternative to shorts, however, is a knee-length dress or skirt. I find these to be the most comfortable and easy to wear when it’s hot outside. Of course, if you truly do not want to bare your legs, this is not an option. But if you don’t mind your calves, these can be every bit as comfortable as shorts, but you will look and feel put together.

Athleta often has cute dresses. I wore this one a ton last summer.

Alternatives to Shorts: Casual Dress

And I love a cotton cargo skirt with a tank top.

Alternatives to Shorts: Cotton Skirt

tank // similar skirt // Vionic sandals // stripe tote option

Denim skirts are great too and so versatile.

I hope that was helpful! What are your favorite alternatives to shorts?

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