Summer Trend: Soft Shorts


With hot summer weather, comes shorts season! Have you seen the soft shorts in stores? They have become popular for Summer and for good reason: they are soft! They have a loose leg, come in an array of solid colors and patterns and they either button at the waist with a fabric belt or have an elastic waist. The ones with a high flared out waist are known as “paperbag” shorts. Those became popular last Summer and are back again too. A big plus of wearing soft shorts, especially the ones with a fabric belt, is that they look dressy, even when you wear just a solid color tee with them!

I added two pairs of soft shorts to my Summer capsule wardrobe. I included this pair of Madewell Pull-on Shorts in the “palm tree’ color, which is a light olive shade, in our vacation last month to Savannah, Georgia (see this post, “10-Piece Travel Capsule Wardrobe: Savannah, Georgia“). I also have this pair of Striped Linen-Cotton Shorts in my Summer capsule and love wearing them too!

Even though the soft shorts are on-trend this Summer, if you have a pair in a solid color neutral, such as black, beige, white, tan or chambray, they can also be a core closet essential, that can last many seasons! Because of the neutral color and classic style, they can be worn with tees and tops that can be tucked in, and can mix and match with pieces in the Simplified Style capsule wardrobe eBook! This pair of light beige Linen-Cotton Shorts will be a closet staple you can wear for years to come! These High Waist Belted Black Shorts will also be a core closet essential that will coordinate with many tops in your closet.

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This pair of Polka Dot Terra Cotta Shorts are so pretty and these Stripe Linen Shorts come in two multi-color styles and are adorable for Summer! If you are looking for a mustard color pair, which such a popular color this Summer, this pair of Linen-blend Paper-bag Shorts have a cute elastic high waist.

Summer Trend_ Soft Shorts

Row 1: multi-color stripe shorts / beige striped shorts / polka dot shorts
Row 2: Tencel denim shorts / mustard shorts / blue striped shorts
Row 3: beige shorts / chambray shorts / brown dot shorts

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  1. While I love shorts as a plus size I tend to like longer shorts. It’s a challenge to find longer stylish shorts that are flattering

  2. I don’t like wearing shorts because they usually make my legs look short (and I’m also a pear). I am 5’9″, but most of my height is in my torso, which is only noticeable when I wear certain lengths of bottoms – including shorts. But I found the longer Paperbag variety (4″) from Boden (which come in great neutrals like navy, tan, chambray) to be perfect and literally the only shorts I have ever enjoyed wearing. Banana Republic has a similar short in a striped variety, which goes well with the summer capsule, so I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for the post!

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