Ditch the Denim! 6 Shorts That Look Better Than Jean Shorts

Like you, we spend the summer trying to figure out how to stay comfortable while looking polished. While some items are standard, we’re all for replacing the pieces we’re told we should wear with alternatives that are more comfortable and flattering. For instance, we’d recommend trading in your jeans for chinos, draped pants, or one of the many other styles that feel less constricting in the heat and can look more flattering on a wide range of body types.

Another summer staple that you might want to ditch this summer is your pair of denim shorts. For some people, this style is comfortable and flattering, but for plenty of others, it’s one of the least-liked things about the switch to summer clothes. If denim shorts aren’t really your style, now’s the time to retire them. Read on for six great alternatives that look better than jean shorts.

1. Cuffed chino shorts

Vince rolled shorts

Cuffed chino shorts | Source: Nordstrom.com

Just like we’d recommend chinos as an ideal replacement for unflattering or uncomfortable jeans, we’d recommend chino shorts as an alternative to denim shorts. Vince’s rolled shorts are a great illustration of how versatile a pair of cotton shorts can be. They’re more comfortable and more polished than a pair of jean shorts, and you can wash them without worrying about unraveling, unlike a pair of denim cutoffs.

2. Chambray shorts

Joie chambray shorts

Chambray shorts | Source: Neimanmarcus.com

If you prefer chambray to twill, Joie’s chambray shorts may be the perfect style for you. These shorts are streamlined and polished, with a tab closure and a fitted silhouette, but the chambray makes them casual enough to wear with a tee on the weekend.

3. Tie-waist shorts

Leith tie-waist shorts

Tie-waist shorts | Source: Nordstrom.com

Another great style of shorts that you can easily transition from day to night is a tie-waist pair. This pair from Leith is a great pair to test out the style, which looks tailored and polished, but can easily look fun and casual with the right styling. The high waist is flattering on any body type, and the black material makes them easy to match with all your favorite summer clothes.

4. Drawstring shorts

Diane Von Furstenberg drawstring shorts

Drawstring shorts | Source: Neimanmarcus.com

For a relaxed fit, you can’t go wrong with a pair of drawstring shorts, especially if those shorts are constructed of a material that’s as light and comfortable as silk. This style from Diane Von Furstenberg offers a relaxed fit and a drawstring waist. The cut combined with the printed silk makes them easy to wear even on the hottest days of the year, which is a quality we definitely look for when doing our summer clothing shopping.

5. Lounge shorts

ATM lounge shorts

Lounge shorts | Source: Neimanmarcus.com

You don’t have to go with a drawstring style to find a pair of silky shorts that flatter. ATM’s silk-satin lounge shorts feature a banded waist and contrast piping, which makes them reminiscent of classic pajamas. You can definitely wear them around the house or when relaxing by the pool, but you can also wear them out of the house with a tee or a favorite top as well.

6. Scalloped shorts

June & Hudson scallop shorts

Scalloped shorts | Source: Nordstrom.com

We’d usually advocate for choosing something timeless rather than something trendy. But one recent trend in shorts, the scallop hem style, is a fun and flattering iteration of the classic crepe short. This June & Hudson style is versatile thanks to the black crepe, but fun thanks to the vintage-inspired high rise and fun scallop hem detail.

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