What to Wear in the Summer Instead of Shorts

When summer rolls around, many of us instinctively reach for shorts. I always can’t wait to throw on my well-worn cut-off shorts. But what if you’re not a fan of shorts or you want to switch up your summer style? Whether you’re looking for something more comfortable or just different, there are plenty of alternatives to shorts that will keep you cool and stylish all season long. Here are some options for what to wear instead of shorts this summer.

What to Wear if You Don’t Like Shorts

Flowy Skirts

A flowy skirt offers the same level of comfort as shorts but with that added style factor. Maxi skirts, in particular, are great for summer because they’re light and breezy. Look for skirts in breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Or for something really airy like chiffon. Pair them with a simple tank top or basic white tee, and you’ve got a versatile outfit that can take you from a casual day out to a summer evening gathering.

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Lightweight Pants

If you think pants are too hot for summer, think again. Lightweight pants made from fabrics like linen or lightweight cotton can be incredibly cool and comfortable. Plus, the wider leg allows for airflow, and they don’t cling to your skin. Pair them with a fitted top to balance out the look.

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Jumpsuits and Rompers

Jumpsuits and rompers are another stylish alternative to wear instead of shorts. These one-and-done outfits are easy to wear, and with so many different styles available, you’re sure to find one for you. I love a romper in a fun print or bright color for a casual look. If you’re looking for something more dressy, a jumpsuit in a solid color can be a perfect choice. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to style – just add some accessories and a pair of sandals, and you’re good to go.

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More Alternatives to Shorts


Dresses are a summer staple for a reason. They’re easy to wear, come in countless styles, and are perfect for keeping cool in the heat. Whether you prefer maxi dresses, midi dresses, or mini dresses, there’s something for everyone. Look for dresses in fun summer prints to make the most of the season.

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If you love the look of skirts but want the practicality of shorts, skorts are your best friend. Skorts combine the appearance of a skirt with the comfort and coverage of shorts. They’re perfect for active days or when you want an outfit with a sporty vibe.

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Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants are wide-legged trousers that are the perfect option to wear instead of shorts in the summer. They’re usually made from lightweight fabrics that flow beautifully as you walk. Pair them with a fitted top or a top that cinches at the waist to balance out the volume, and add some statement jewelry for a chic summer look.

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There you have it – plenty of alternatives of what to wear instead of shorts this summer. What’s your go-to in the summer besides shorts? Let me know in the comments!

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