Last updated on August 30th, 2018 at 10:18 am
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to turn your attention to your summer wardrobe! Are you already wincing at the thought of pulling on a classic shorts and t-shirt combo? You’re not alone. Although practical, shorts aren’t always the most flattering of summer outfits. They can draw a line at parts of your body you don’t want to highlight, and leave many of us dreading the sunshine.
You’re probably already wondering what to wear in summer when you hate shorts. The good news is, we’re here to help!
Alternatives to Shorts
The short-haters amongst you will be glad to know that there are plenty of alternatives to wearing shorts. Whether you like to bare your legs or hate to show too much skin, there’s sure to be an alternative to suit you. There are plenty of flattering options to help you breeze through the summer months. Here are our favourite short alternatives and how to wear them.
If you tend to prefer to keep covered up, palazzo pants might just be the answer for you. They’re flowing and cool, and you don’t have to show off lots of skin. Pair them with some flat sandals to create a classic look that you can wear with ease. You can switch the look from day to night with a change of top (and a switch to heels), and you’ll still feel comfortable even if the temperature drops at night.
If you’re wondering what to wear instead of shorts on holiday because you’re visiting somewhere that requires you to cover up, palazzo pants can come into their own. It’s respectful to keep skin on show to a minimum in certain places but it doesn’t mean you have to be too hot. Light, flowing material can often feel cooler than bare skin in warm climates.
Simple yet effective, the jumpsuit is a great alternative to wearing shorts. It’s super comfy and cool, easy to throw on and creates a killer look. There’s no need to coordinate with an all in one, so your outfit is ready made. Next time you ask yourself ‘what can I wear instead of shorts?’ make sure that jumpsuit springs to mind.
When choosing your shoes however, opt for something that doesn’t detract from the simplicity and style of your outfit. A pair of classic heeled sandals will usually look great and give you the right amount of lift.
Midi Skirts or Dresses
Perhaps you’re happy to show off your pins, but shorts just don’t feel feminine enough for you. A midi skirt or dress might just be your answer. Midi skirts are right on-trend this summer, so choose one if you want to dress to impress. This look is very flattering and varied; whether block colour or patterns are your thing you’re sure to find something right for you.
Your footwear will be on show, so why not pick a pair of strappy or embellished women’s sandals to really set the look off. Statement shoes really work with a midi skirt or dress, so don’t be shy.
Maxi Skirts or Dresses
Another great alternative to wearing shorts is the maxi dress, or maxi skirt. Gorgeous and flowing, maxi dresses provide another perfect solution if you prefer to keep your legs under wraps. They also keep you looking stylish and ready for the sun, with a simple all-in-one solution. Opt for a maxi skirt instead if you like to mix and match with different tops.
Choose your footwear to match the style of maxi dress or skirt you prefer. You can dress up with heels for a special occasion, or stick with flats for a more casual look. This versatile shorts alternative is perfect for everything from weddings to beachwear.
White or Light-Coloured Jeans
If you live in jeans during the winter, you don’t have to ditch them for the summer months! A white or light coloured pair of jeans will look super stylish teamed with a pair of ballet pumps and a pretty top. Let’s face it, the British summer weather often leaves a lot to be desired so opting for a lighter-coloured jean provides the perfect straightforward wardrobe update.
A classic denim skirt is another ideal substitute for shorts in the summer. This old favourite has been reinvented for 2018 and it’s sure to be a winner this summer. If you like to throw on different summer tees and tops, denim makes a really versatile base. Just switch your denim jeans for a denim skirt as the weather gets warmer, what could be simpler! Keep things casual with a pair of canvas shoes or dress up with some wedge sandals. You’ll find denim skirts in a variety of lengths so make sure you choose your footwear to suit. Why not combine two summer trends by opting for a denim midi!
Ankle Grazer Trousers
If trousers are your thing, why not update your look for the summer by opting for an ankle grazer? Drawing attention to the slimmest part of your leg can make you appear taller and slimmer, so the ankle grazer can be much more flattering than the cut of a pair of shorts. You can increase the illusion of length with a pair of heels, but keep the heel height low to medium for the most stylish approach to this look.
If you’ve been worrying about what to wear if you hate shorts, we hope we have helped you to put your worries aside. There are so many alternatives to shorts in summer that there’s no need to fret. Simply pick the alternative that works best for your style, or vary your look each day. Either way, you’ll never need to think about what to wear instead of shorts in summer again.
We’ve given plenty of alternatives to shorts here. Now find the shoes to match in our women’s shoes section!