7 So-Smart Tricks For Styling Summer Shorts — The Chic Way

UPDATE: The temps may have dropped back to semi-reasonable status, but it's still shorts weather all the way — check out these genius way to style the summer essential. This story was originally published on May 21.
Even diehard denim fans who rock skinny jeans all summer long eventually start to feel stifled—especially come the muggy, steamy middle of July. And while we've always been smitten with cute skirts and flowy dresses for hot temps, we're also loving the fact that stylish shorts have reemerged on the scene. From classic cutoffs to tailored options and blousy silhouettes, we've racked up an impressive collection—but sometimes, we get stumped on how to style them.
Luckily, Washington has a chic crew of bloggers who can help us out. Click through to peep seven extra-stylish ladies in their summer finery, and then master their styling tips to refresh your own bevy of bottoms.
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Make printed shorts feel grown-up and extra-polished with a statement shoe and a crisp blazer in a neutral shade. Take a cue from E of District of Chic and use a bright pop of neon to keep the look youthful and fun.

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Making shorts look preppy — but not stuffy — takes an eye for contrast, which you can master with a little help from Linda of NomNomBlingBling. Start with a classic gingham shirt and top it with a striped sweater for a bit of pattern play. A bold necklace and sturdy sandals complete the look.

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Thought you couldn't dress up denim cutoffs? Think again! Cortnie of StyleLust Pages proves otherwise, with a summery, oversized white blazer and fun, patterned clutch (which she designed herself).

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Mel from LaBelleMel proves that shorts can look anything but utilitarian this summer, with this adorable layered lace pair. She ups the sweetness factor with a feminine, retro-inspired top, but the result is pretty, not overly precious, thanks to her minimalist accessories.

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We're fully in love with mint green for the warm months — something about wearing the icy shade just makes us feel cooler. Ashleigh of The Daileigh pairs her sherbet-hued shorts with a lightweight knit sweater and heeled sandals for a look that's summer-ready but still appropriate for a work lunch, a casual meeting, or a brunch date.

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Proving that a chambray shirt goes with anything, Tammy of A Loyal Love pairs her comfy button-up with paperbag-waist bermuda shorts and printed heels. The longer length of these shorts makes them a cute, work-friendly alternative to the pencil skirt.

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Ready for a real styling challenge? Krystin of Be Loud Be You steps up the game by pairing contrasting stripes. The secret to pulling it off? Stick to a simple color palette — in this case, black, navy, and cream — and make sure to vary the width of the stripes on both pieces.

Photo: Courtesy of Be Loud Be You/Denisio Truitt