Shorts Outfits for Grown-Ups

These styling ideas will kick shorts skeptics to the curb.

Kick off your summer wardrobe by investing in one the season's hottest trends: the short. Haven't worn shorts in decades? Get inspired by the sophisticated new options flooding your favorite sites. Choose from varieties long and short, opt for a pair with pockets, go for cotton, linen, or silk—the choices are aplenty, but that wasn’t always the case. Women once fought for the right to wear shorts at all; they were even outlawed in several states. Eventually the bans against shorts were lifted and the '50s brought a boom in short shorts, publicized by pin-up girls, while longer Bermuda styles were popularized for everyday wear. Today, the leg-revealing bottom has had another fashion renaissance starring on the spring 2020 runways at Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, and Dior. Don't shy away from playing with proportions and prints. Pair them with blazers and button downs. Add on elevated accessories. Ahead, five shorts outfits that are all grown up.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork