I personally love wearing shorts, but they aren’t always appropriate for the occasion, and I totally understand that not every woman feels comfortable baring so much leg. Fortunately, there are lots of great casual alternatives to shorts!
Casual Alternatives to Shorts
Dresses are the easiest option because they’re one and done. Midi dresses are trending this season, but maxi dresses and above-the-knee dresses are still very much on trend.
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.
#2. Crop Jeans or Pants
Crop jeans and pants are a great solution for ladies who want more leg coverage. This may not always be your first choice, especially if you live in a warmer climate, but light-weight fabrics can be practical for summertime on mild days and cool evenings.
White crop 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.
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And these Paige cargo joggers are another great casual alternative to shorts; they’re lighter than denim, and the cargo styling keeps them casual.
#3. Wide-Leg & Palazzo Pants
Wide-leg pants 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.
Wide-leg crop pants look best with close-fitting tops that stop at the waist or high hip, or they will need to be tucked in.
#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. I love the Sundry Saturday Skirt, made out of a soft and stretchy sweatshirt fabric.
Skorts are another good shorts alternative, and they provide more coverage to allow for ease of movement. This Athleta Soho skort is back this year, and it comes in a bunch of colors. It’s so comfortable and cute on.
#5. Jumpsuits & Rompers
Jumpsuits and rompers have been trending for a few seasons, and there are a lot of casual options this year. If you can get past the bathroom situation, these are a really nice option. I was thrilled to see this Zella jumpsuit back this season. I love how casual it is.
I hope that was helpful! What are your favorite alternatives to shorts?
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