7 Cute & Easy Alternatives to Shorts for Summer

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Summer is finally back which means longer days, more exciting nights, and the lingering smell of sunscreen. Everything in summer just feels better, right?

Well almost everything… If you find yourself groaning at the thought of digging your shorts out of the back of your closet, we feel your pain. We love summer but know that shorts aren’t always everyone’s favorite thing.

At EVEREVE we firmly believe there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite alternatives to shorts, so you can stay cool and confident all summer long! Here are 7 cute and easy summer outfit ideas that don’t feature shorts:

1. A Casual Dress

A cute and casual dress is one of the best and most classic women’s summer outfit picks out there. Dresses come in so many shapes and styles that you have next to endless options. You can choose a long, flowy maxi dress when you want more coverage, or a shift dress for when you do want to show off your legs. 

If you’re short on time and need something quick and easy to throw on (and look fabulous) or it’s date night, a spontaneous dress is always the perfect Plan A

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2. Flowy Wide Leg Pants

When you are trying to beat the heat, pants are usually off the table. But when you have a pair of breathable, wide leg pants, it can be a game changer. 

Grab a pair with a sassy print for a bold statement and pair with a plain tee or tank for a cute and comfy look that’s sure to pop. Or opt for a great neutral pair for a more low key look. Whatever you choose, a great pair of flowy pants is a great alternative to shorts that will have you feeling confident and comfortable this summer.

Shop The Look: Shop Brendon Pant | Shop All Wide Leg Pants

3. Bermudas or Cropped Jeans

Bermuda shorts are a comfortable happy medium for those who aren’t a fan of short-shorts, while a cropped jean affords tons of coverage while maintaining a distinct summery vibe (perfect to show off those cute sandals). 

One of our favorite ways to wear casual-cool Bermuda shorts is by pairing them with some sneakers and a tee for an effortlessly cool look. Need some styling tips? Check out our guide on how to wear Bermuda shorts. They may seem intimidating, but anyone can rock them!

Shop The Look: Shop Bermuda Shorts | Shop Cropped Denim

4. A Comfy Skirt

A comfortable skirt is an absolute must when it comes to warm weather fashion. You’ll never have to wonder what to wear during summer because there are so many different lengths and styles to stock up on.

Not wanting to get out of bed and get ready? Skirt. Need to be professional but don’t want pants? Skirt. The kids are running around in their underwear again? A stylish skirt has your back when it comes to styling without effort. 

Shop The Look: The Sunday Skirt | Shop All Skirts

5. Romper

Can’t decide what top to wear with your pants? No need. Jumpsuits and rompers are the answer to your fashion prayers.

A romper is the perfect cute summer outfit that doesn’t show much leg, and they transition fabulously from day to night. Just swap out your flats for a pair of heels and you’re good to go! Get more styling tips for an upcoming date night or day out here.

Shop The Look: Shop Scout Romper

6. Wraps & Dusters

A fun wrap is the perfect addition to your summer look. You can rock a duster with jeans or capris, plus if you do opt for shorts, you can get a bit more coverage while still showing off your legs. Wraps let you enjoy the summer heat in style. 

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7. A Fun Pair of Joggers

Joggers are a chic alternative to denim and perfect for those nights out when you know the restaurant AC will be blasting…brrr! Wear them with a great blouse or simple tank—they’re super versatile. Pair with sandals, sneakers, or a pair of sexy heels because you can rock these pants for any summer occasion. 

Shop The Look: Shop Faux Leather Joggers | Shop All Joggers

What Do I Wear on a Hot Day Without Wearing Shorts?

Summer days can get hot, but have no fear, you don’t need to wear shorts to stay cool. Opt for clothing made out of:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Jersey

Whether it’s a loose and flowy linen set, or a long cotton dress, these materials are made to stay breathable. This will help you sweat less in the hot summer sun.

How Do I Wear Bermuda Shorts?

Bermuda shorts are a slightly lengthier shorts alternative to wear in the summer. They generally fall at or just above your knee cap, and are the perfect piece for any summer look. You may be wondering, are bermuda shorts really still in? The answer is yes! Bermuda shorts are absolutely still stylish and when worn correctly, they can accentuate your figure in a flattering way. For bermuda shorts styling tips, visit our blog: How to Wear Bermuda Shorts: 5 Outfit Ideas to Try This Summer

No Shorts, No Problem

We know how hard it can be to dress with both style and comfort when it comes to summer clothes. However, there are so many options to play around with, from rompers to flowy pants. We hope these suggestions sparked some inspiration, so you can feel confident and sexy while beating the heat. 

Do you find yourself avoiding shorts in the summer at all costs? We want to know how you stay stylish and comfortable to beat the heat! Comment down below your favorite summer pieces that keep you both looking and feeling cool!

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Blog Comments

You look amazing Pam! From a fellow not a huge short lover, this spoke to me on so many levels! ??????‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

Pam looks great in all the different styles. Great to see a model who looks like a regular woman.

I thought I was the only one who doesn’t like wearing shorts. Great post!

Leanne—you’re definitely not alone! Luckily, there are so many great alternatives! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

I also avoid shorts as much as possible. My favorites this spring have been my camo Sanctuary crops and Kut denim skirt. I’m also loving the fact that I can cut/crop my older jeans to create a cropped distressed raw edge. It makes being a petite fun again!

Such a great idea about cutting your older jeans, Kathleen! I also love cropped jeans as a shorts alternative—they’re basically the only denim style I wear!

Love this!!! I also am not a short fan for the same reasons. My favorite go to is the sundry ruched skirt. And the Allison joy tank dress.
THanks for the great post!!! Love all of your outfits!

Skirts are such an easy and fun alternative to shorts when it’s hot! We’re so glad you’ve found the Sundry Soleil Skirt—so flattering—and enjoyed the post!

Love the great non-short outfit ideas and I especially love that you use real, beautiful women to model the ideas.

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My go to outfit for the summer is the Michael Stars Tank MIDI Dress. I have them in two colors and I love them! They look great alone or even as a stylish beach cover up! Also I love all my jumpsuits!!

I love dresses like the Michael Stars midi that pull double-duty—such a great idea to also wear yours as a cover-up!

Love this article! You are sharing the great info. Thanks for sharing.

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