The "Boring" Summer Basic Every Fashion Girl Owns

Kristen Nichols

Sure, there are plenty of exciting pieces that are fun additions to a summer wardrobe—a brand new swimsuit, strappy sandals, a voluminous maxi dress, and statement-making earrings come to mind—but often, it’s the wardrobe basics that are the best investments and get the most wear. While you might have staples like T-shirts and sneakers covered, there are some other core fashion buys that get overlooked. For one, white shorts.

Seeing so many snaps of fashion people wearing white shorts outfits, it occurred to me how versatile the piece is in any summer wardrobe. With versions ranging from denim cutouts to Bermuda shorts to knit versions, there are plenty of cool options to choose from. Plus, the styling options are nearly endless. Whether worn as part of a matching short suit, paired with a racerback tank top, with a cropped cardigan, or underneath an oversize blazer, they’re the summer essential that will get plenty of mileage. Here, see how fashion people are wearing them and shop my edit.

If there's one lesson I've learned, it's that you can never go wrong with a matching set. Wear a pair of shorts with a matching blazer.

Lee Vintage Modern High Rise Dungaree Shorts ($41)

Yep, Bermuda shorts are the trend fashion people are very into right now.

Vince Coin Pocket Bermuda Shorts ($175)

Here, proof that you can make a pair of comfortable shorts look dressed-up.

Caslon Linen Shorts ($49)

Layer a blazer over long shorts and a tank top for an on-trend look.

Simply Be Longline Denim Shorts in White ($19)

Linen pieces are the anti-loungewear trend that will be everywhere this summer.

H&M Tailored Shorts ($25)

Now here's a look you can wear all summer but also transition to fall.

IRO Kush High Rise Bermuda Shorts ($245)

Add a pair of heeled flip flops to your next bike shorts outfit.

LNA Plain Bike Shorts ($79)

More proof that long shorts are trending this season.

H&M Denim Paper-Bag Shorts ($30)

Mark my words—this will be the unofficial uniform this summer.

Gauge81 Louis Pleated Cotton-Blend Shorts ($320)

If you're into neutrals, this is an outfit you'll want to repeat.

NYDJ Stretch Twill Bermuda Shorts ($69)

How chic is this outfit?

Outrageous Fortune City Shorts ($18)

Loungewear, but polished.

Danielle Guizio Sweatshort Set ($115)

Yes, briefs are trending right now.

Polo Ralph Lauren 3-Pack Cotton Boxers ($30)

High-waisted shorts with a crop top? Perfection.

Joseph Tallin Cotton-Canvas Shorts ($218)

If denim shorts are your go-to summer staple, here's a fresh way to wear them.

Levi's 501 Shorts ($70)

Adding a bra top and an oversize blazer to these ribbed shorts is so chic.

Jacquemus Arancia Mohair-Blend Shorts ($220)

Yes, hot pants are definitely a thing right now.

Cashmere in Love Knit Mimie Shorts ($238)

Bermuda shorts with a tee and blazer is a foolproof summer outfit formula.

Madewell High Rise Long Denim Shorts ($75)

I want to repeat this outfit immediately.

See by Chloé Belted Cotton-Twill Shorts ($207)

Simply add a half-zip sweater for an easy summer look.

Grlfrnd Helena Shorts ($168)

Next, discover the 25 cool finds I'm obsessing over right now.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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