UPDATE: By now, your spring layers should be stored away at the back of your closet, making room for all your summer staples. We figured you might be looking for a little wardrobe inspo on this dreary Sunday, so we pulled this so-fun story out of the archives. This story was originally published on April 24.
During this in-between weather, we're cuddling up in scarves one minute, buying $4 umbrellas (and breaking them immediately) the next, and yes, even wearing shorts every once in a while. So, ever the optimists, we decided to take the reins on shorts season by claiming we're nearly there (we are)! And what better way to prove it than by rounding up 15 awesome printed alternatives to mix in with your old faithfuls? Obviously, floral denim is blooming brightly for spring, so why should your legs wilt for summer? Indeed, there's no better way to reintroduce your stems to the sun than by stepping it up with bottoms as eye-catching as your impending tan. Yes, we said tan. See? This is so much more fun than talking about rain boots.
Click through to see 15 printed shorts we're super excited to start wearing, pronto.
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Dolce Vita Clove Shorts, $77, available at Dear Fieldbinder, 198 Smith Street (between Baltic and Warren streets) in Brooklyn, 718-852-3620.
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Sunner Lincoln-Print Side-Cinch Shorts, $175, available at Madewell, 486 Broadway (at Broome Street) #1, 212-226-4957.
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See by Chloe Printed Short, $295, available at Otte, 121 Greenwich Avenue (at Jane Stree), 212-229-9424.
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Stella McCartney hawaiian Print Short, $725, available at Kirna Zabete, 96 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring streets), 212-941-9656.
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French Connection Raquella Shorts, $98, available at Bloomingdale's, 504 Broadway (between Spring and Prince streets), 212-729-5900.
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Insight Dream Lover Short, $60, available at Urban Outfitters, 521 5th Avenue (at 43rd Street), 212-867-4107.
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Free People floral cut offs, $68, available at Free People, 99 Spring Street (between Broadway and Mercer streets), 212-226-7497.
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Old Navy Printed Board Shorts, $15, available at Old Navy, 503 Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets), 212-226-0838.
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In God We Trust Blue Check Boardwalk Shorts, $160, available at In God We Trust, 265 Lafayette Street #2 (between Prince and Spring streets), 212-966-9010.
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Sandro Promesse Short, $235, available at Sandro, 415 Bleecker Street (at Bank Street), 646-438-9335.
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Topshop High Waist Digital Print Shorts, $60, available at Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets), 212-966-9555.
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3.1 Phillip Lim Flat Front Leopard Shorts, $325, available at Bird, 203 Grand Street (between Driggs and Bedford avenues in Brooklyn), 718-388-1655.
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Anthropologie Ombre Quince Ruffled Shorts, $168, available at Anthropologie, 75 9th Avenue (between W 15th and W 16th streets); 212-620-3116.
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BB Dakota printed shorts, $55, with $50 off only on R29 Reserve.