Don’t get us wrong, cutoffs are great. They’re sexy, they’re cool, they can be worn at any age, and every girl should have her own “perfect” pair. But, well, wearing cuttoffs every day during summer can get dull, and they’re not exactly date, upscale brunch, cocktail hour, or casual Friday at the office friendly. So we thought we’d check out other shorts options, and guess what? We found some that even your boss might approve of. The next time you’re headed out and feel the need to grab your old standbys, you might want to think about reaching for a prettier pair of short pants to show off your stems and personal style.
Affordable, short, completely on-trend. What more do you want out of warm weather wardrobe fare? These will be as equally cute with flats as they are with heels.
$17.80 at Forever 21.
Sex appeal (as you well know) doesn't have to come from showing skin. These waist-cinching shorts are sophisticated without being risque in the slightest. They're cheeky because of their shape and fit, but appropriate for conservative occasions. Asos got these right.
$58.19 at ASOS.
Put a Bird On It
You might have asked yourself, is the bird motif overdone? I know I have. But I quickly decided overdone or not, it's still cute. Love these slouchy shorts and their feathered friend pattern.
$59.90 at Zara.
No bones about it, these are all about their ability to call to mind bedroom time. And with the right occasion, why not? I love these for their nighttime possibility, but even more for the brave girl who sports them during her Saturday run to CVS.
$113 at Shopbop.
I'm obsessed with hot pink. But I can't seem to pull the trigger when it comes to buying it. Something just feels too "cute" or too "young" about it. The Jacquard pattern and not too short or tight fit of these shorts gives them a more grown up vibe I can definitely get into.
$39.90 at Zara.
Wear this with a fitted white tank. Perfection.
$35.99 at Need Supply.
Silk in Bloom
This is the type of bottom that you are so glad you purchased after you take it home. Not only is it beautiful and versatile, but it's a special statement piece you can wear for years. Definitely worth the slightly higher price than some other shorts on the market.
$53.20 at ASOS.