How To Wear Lace Shorts Without Looking Like You're In Your PJs

Summer is synonymous with skirts, shorts, sandals, and all things easy and breezy. Thanks to their airy material, lace shorts have become a warm-weather staple we can feel fashionable in without worrying about sweating like crazy. But while we love them, it can be tough to pull off a pair without feeling like you're heading to a Coachella concert — or, if they're super lacy, channeling your inner 1930s movie star prepping for your beauty sleep. Read on to learn how to both dress up and dress down the best lace shorts of the season.

The Culotte Short
The lace culotte is a great option when you're looking for a dressier vibe than you'd get with your typical short-short. Balance out the voluminous hourglass shape of the bottoms with a fitted crop top. Throw in a few offbeat accessories, such as these colorblock sandals and a pastel backpack, and you've created an ensemble that's playful without sacrificing comfort.
The Bermuda Short
The longer line of the Bermuda shorts keeps the lace from looking too sweet, despite the bright color. This pair's length offers both breezy movement and modesty. To make the bottoms an everyday piece, combine them with casual, cool accessories. The metal face of the watch, the platform sneakers, and the fitted denim short-sleeve top impart a tougher vibe that balances out the pretty lace.
The Skort
A skort with a structured shape is a great way to show off lace — without having it look limp and bedtime-ready. Match it with a structured sweater for an elevated ensemble. We finished the look with muted accessories that still deliver a fashionable punch: a pair of lace-up cream flats, a black leather cuff finished with a simple gold accent, and a streamlined black bucket bag.
The Casual Short
Sometimes you just want to wear the traditional lace short that made you fall in love with the trend in the first place. The soft pastel color, paired with a high-waist fit, keeps these from looking too fussy. A front-wrap blouse provides a looser yet still defined shape that balances the weekend feel of the bottoms. Throw the look together with some fancy slides, a single statement-jewelry piece, and a smart bag.

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