We get it: It's hard to get excited about shorts. Especially when you've got a handful of pairs in rotation all summer long. Still, there's a way to breathe life into these warm-weather basics. Whether you're lengthening the hemline or pairing jean cutoffs with corporate pieces, wearing shorts doesn't have to feel like a major yawn. In fact, we've dug up 11 fresh ways to style them — from the office to the (dare we say it?) club. You go, shorty.
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Dress Up The Track Sillhouette
Sportswear isn't just for the gym; find an elastic-waist pair of track shorts and dress them up for the weekend. Go for textured materials and suitable pieces on top.
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Bring It Down A Notch
Below-the-knee shorts are perfect for the office. They replace trousers in any outfit — and they make you look like a badass.
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Pair Lace With Lace
Lace detailing makes loungewear sophisticated, and we love white-on-white for summer. Pair the two together and you've got a good-looking set that will take you from morning to night.
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Go Low-Slung
Crop top season is well under way. But, when pairing a shorter shirt with shorts, it doesn't always have to be a high-waisted scenario. Instead, wear a T-shirt with a low-slung pair for a laid-back look.
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Let The Bottoms Talk
Bottoms are usually the backdrop for a stand-out shirt or statement accessories. But, you're better than that. Go for a pair of loud, printed shorts and keep the rest of your outfit monochromatic.
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Matchy-Matchy, Separate-Separate
Allover-print tops and bottoms make statments by themselves but are even more impactful together. We love this casual pair for everyday wear.
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Mix Soft With Hard (Rock)
While we do love lace-on-lace (see slide three), we melt when we see a well-executed mix-and-match. Here, a rocker T-shirt and super-sweet bottoms make a funky 'fit that anyone can pull off.
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Make Your Jeans Work
Longer-length jean cutoffs can go from the office to the beach for a casual (summer) Friday — if you keep the top somewhat tailored. Try them with a blazer and heels.
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Suit Yourself
Behold: the almighty short suit! The fact that this slouchy-yet-office-appropriate silhouette is back makes us so happy. Be confident in your ability to pull off this easy shorts look, and go kill it in that meeting.
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Upgrade Your Jorts
You'll obviously need a pair of solid jean shorts to make it through August. Still, consider finding a detailed option, too, to upgrade your daily look. Floral-on-floral is a playful double-pattern.
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DIY Detailing
Khaki shorts can feel a little blah. That is, if you don't DIY a detail or two. You'd be surprised how much a simple splatter (yes, kids, you can try this at home) can change a look for the better.

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