5 of the Best Summer Outfit Ideas That Aren't Jeans Shorts

Are you sick and tired of wearing denim shorts summer after summer?

Maybe you find them uncomfortable. Maybe you don't like how they look. Maybe you just don't like them, fullstop.

But what else are you supposed to wear?

It's something I struggled with for a long time, I didn't think I had any other choice! But now I've found alternatives that suit me better and are much more comfortable for me.

So, if you're looking for some cute summer outfit ideas that doesn't involve jean shorts, here are 5 alternatives I think you should try.

Paper Bag Shorts

paper bag shorts

If you're a shorts fan but you don't like the cut, fit or feel of denim shorts, then maybe you should give paper bag shorts a try.

Unlike denim shorts, which hug your body and draw attention to your legs because of their length, paper bag shorts draw more attention to your waist.

Paper shorts are fairly loose by comparison but they're high waist and because they tie off at the waist as well, they give you the illusion of a smaller waistline. And who doesn't want that?

Paper bag shorts have a lot more color variety, too. A lot more. I love these baby blue shorts, they're so cute and cozy in summer. I wear them all the time!



It's kind of in the name - okay, not really - but sundresses are amazing summer outfit ideas for women. They're one of the best things you can wear in hot weather because they're made of light materials and they're not too tight fitting, so you stay cool and relaxed in the heat.

There are a lot of styles out there - pick your cut, pattern, color, length - the options are endless!

Sundresses are really versatile, too. Kick off your sandals and throw on a pair of heels and some statement jewelry to effortlessly take your look from day to night.

I love this sundress, especially for a night out because of the plunging neckline and the front tie waist, which gives you more of that hourglass look. This is a totally sexy outfit.

Maxi Skirt

maxi skirt

Like sundresses, maxi skirts - or any midi, wrap or floaty skirt - are so varied in style and print. And also really versatile depending on how you want to wear them.

Need some quick casual summer outfit ideas? Pair your maxi skirt with a crop top. For a fancier evening look, throw on a silk shirt and heels. Before you hit the beach, throw it over your bikini for laidback beach style.

Even though they're longer, maxi skirts are just as cool and comfortable to wear as denim shorts. The light, floaty material of the skirt, especially when paired with a side slit like this one, will keep you nice and cool in summer.

Palazzo Pants

palazzo pants

If you find that you live in your jeans or pants most of the year but can't bear the heat in summer, then palazzo pants are for you!

At first glance, they may look uncomfortable compared to denim shorts but you'd be surprised. A loose fitting pair, especially ones made of linen like this pair, are light and airy for summer. 

They're perfect summer outfit ideas for work, just throw on a pair of linen palazzo pants and you'll be cool as a cucumber.


white romper

Rompers are another great versatile piece you can wear this summer. Take your pick from smart romper styles with long sleeves, loose fitting tomboyish rompers and even rompers that look like dresses.

Rompers are made of lightweight materials, which makes them perfect for keeping you cool. But they're so much more unique than a simple pair of denim shorts.

I love this simple white romper because you can just throw it on and you're good to go, which is great if you're in a hurry. And you can easily give it a more sexy vibe by simply unfastening a few buttons.

Tread carefully though because you will have to take the whole thing off every time you need to go to the bathroom!

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