I enjoy wearing shorts in the summer months, but they aren’t appropriate for every occasion, and I totally understand that not every woman feels comfortable baring her legs. Fortunately, there are lots of great casual alternatives to shorts!
This post is for any woman looking to change up her shorts and t-shirt uniform, as well as those who prefer not to wear shorts and want other options that are cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside.
Casual Alternatives to Shorts
Dresses are the easiest option because they’re one and done, and right now all lengths are trending. Maxi dresses are supposedly making a comeback, but I still see a lot of midi lengths out there, and knee-length dresses are a classic look that don’t really go out of style.
Lighter fabrics and flowy styles may be cooler, but I tend to gravitate to t-shirt dresses and more fitted styles because they’re more flattering on me. I’m finding a lot of nice casual dresses at Gap Factory this year.
#2. Crop Jeans or Pants
Crop jeans and pants are a great solution for ladies who want more leg coverage. They may not always be your first choice if you live in a warmer climate, but light-weight fabrics can be practical for summertime on mild days and cool evenings.
These white crop bootcut jeans are my go-to for summer when I don’t want to wear shorts; they look crisp and clean paired with bright colors, pastels, or neutrals.
Wide-leg crop pants are very much on trend right now, and this pair has a nice beachy-chic vibe. They look best with close-fitting tops that stop at the waist or high hip, or with a tank top tucked in.
#3. Wide-Leg & Palazzo Pants
Wide-leg pants are coming in strong this spring, and they’re usually made of a thinner fabrics that are cooler than jeans and chinos. Unfortunately, this can be a hard silhouette to style, especially for certain body types… a.k.a. mine. But if they work for you, they’re a great casual alternative to shorts.
#4. Skirts & Skorts
Skirts are a great option for women looking for casual alternatives to shorts in warm weather because they’re just as cool as shorts. If you have issues with chafing, these Thigh Society Cooling Shorts are awesome. I just ordered a few pairs to wear with skirts when I don’t want compression, and I plan to take them with me to Italy.
Skorts are another good shorts alternative, and they provide more coverage to allow for ease of movement. This Athleta Soho skort is a perennial favorite, and it comes in a bunch of colors. It’s so comfortable and cute on.
#5. Jumpsuits & Rompers
Jumpsuits and rompers are fun for a one and done look, if you can get past the bathroom situation. Some slide on and off very easily, so it’s always worth a try.
This Vuori jumpsuit is buttery soft and great for lounging, or throwing on after a long day at the beach.
And I was thrilled to see this Zella jumpsuit back this season. It has a similar casual vibe, but the fabric is thicker, and it’s a little more athleisurey… if that’s a word!
I hope that was helpful! What are your favorite alternatives to shorts?
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