My Friend Asked for Summer Outfit Ideas That Don't Involve Shorts—Here You Go

Bobby Schuessler
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One of my dear friends recently texted me asking if I could send her a few spring and summer outfit ideas that didn’t involve shorts. While she’ll wear shorts from time to time (especially if it’s super hot), she’s just not as into them on the regular. Naturally, I wanted to help her with a few looks to consider. I also thought you might be interested as well, so I’m sharing the ensembles below.

The outfits in question are all easy and effortless. Some of the looks feature chic skirt options as alternatives to shorts. There is also an ensemble with trousers. The trick there is focusing on silhouettes that are looser in nature and balancing the look with a vest top (rather than a ton of layers).

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for the outfit ideas I sent over to my friend to consider for the season. There’s also shopping inspo sprinkled throughout.

A skirt is a great alternative to shorts if that's your style. An oversized white shirt is breezy and feels incredibly modern. While you could incorporate a sweater for a layered look, this ensemble works without it as well if it's warm outside.

Arket Lightweight Linen Shirt (£55)

H&M Linen-Blend Skirt (£18)

Who What Wear Mallory Leather Shoulder Bag (£78)

Hollister Wide Ribbed V-Neck Pullover (£29)

Mizuki 14-Karat Gold Pearl Anklet (£480)

Saint Laurent Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses (£270)

Laura Lombardi Rope Gold-Plated Necklace (£85)

Manolo Blahnik Maysli Buckle Slingback Pointed Toe Pumps (£595)

If you're going for trousers, consider a flowy pair in a lightweight fabric with a vest top for a chic spring look.

H&M V-Neck Strappy Top (£13)

Mango Dart Palazzo Pants (£36)

Mateo 14k Faceted Huggie Earrings (£384)

Celine Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses (£270)

Balmain B-Buzz 23 Leather-Trimmed Canvas Shoulder Bag (£925)

You can't deny the power of a one-and-done dress in white or a lighter hue for an effortless spring or summer vibe.

Endless Summer Happy With You Mini Dress (£68)

Alighieri La Calliope Gold-Plated Pearl Necklace (£240)

By Far Freddy Stripe-Print Sandals (£384)

Very into the idea of tying a knot in a tee and teaming it with a cute skirt for a fail-safe ensemble.


Max Mara + Leisure Alessio Washed-Satin Midi Skirt (£160)

Paco Rabanne Op'Art Metal-Handle Basket Bag (£620)

Missoma Gold Claw Studs (£79)

Stella McCartney Air Slide Recycled Canvas Flip Flops (£225)

Here's another A+ outfit with a skirt. The trick with a maxi skirt when it's warmer outside is finding one with a slit. The addition of the bralette or a tank balances out the silhouette.

H&M Rib-Knit Cropped Top (£13)

Tove Celeste Cotton and Silk-Blend Jacquard Maxi Skirt (£325)

Maison Michel Blanche Straw Sun Hat (£530)

Cult Gaia Kal Sandal (£330)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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