I don’t like wearing shorts in the summer. I have yet to find a pair that looks all that flattering and, honestly, I’d rather wear dresses anyway. Once the temperature rises I basically rotate a bunch of styles I own. However, by August I grow so tired of wearing the same dresses over and over again that this year I might incorporate a few casual summer skirts into my wardrobe. I like the idea of skirts being a replacement for shorts. They’re just as cool to wear, just as casual and a lot more flattering. As you get your wardrobe ready for summer, check out these skirt styles and how to make them look stylish when it is super hot outside.
Stylish Casual Summer Skirts that Replace Shorts
I really like this printed drawstring skirt from J. Crew. It’s like a pull on pair of shorts only a lot more stylish. Just throw it on with a basic white t-shirt, like this one from Theory, and it looks great, but is still easy. The print of the skirt also makes it easy to add some great colors to the look through accessories. Here, I added a pair of feminine oxfords from Modcloth, a blue modal and linen scarf from Nordstrom, a yellow cross body bag from Macy’s, leather wrap bracelet from Max & Chloe and gold sparrow earrings.
This easy printed skirt from Boden is another great weekend style that requires little to no effort to look good. Again, just pop a simple t-shirt with it, like this one from J. Crew, add some accessories and you can be running errands, going to the park with kids or meeting some friends for brunch stylishly. In this outfit, I finished the look with a pair of flat yellow sandals from Coach, a cognac bag by Rebecca Minkoff and a tassel necklace from Stella & Dot in azure and yellow.
Heeled sandals and shorts don’t often mix. However, heels do work with casual skirts if you want to elevate the look of your outfits. Take how I styled this tan linen skirt from Lord & Taylor with blue wedges from Halogen. The outfit still works for the weekends but looks a bit more polished. To the look, I added this red and white striped Breton t-shirt, red bag from 6pm.com and navy and white chunky necklace from Robert Rose.
Yellow has been everywhere in the stores this spring. It’s such a lovely color that, unfortunately, isn’t a great face color for most people. I quite liked this casual yellow skirt from J. Crew because it’s worn on the bottom and, unlike a yellow pair of shorts (um, no thank you) a yellow skirt is more flattering on the body. With this skirt I added a sleeveless chambray top from Modcloth and finished the look with a pair of floral Converse sneakers, blue French Connection tote and yellow earrings from Dabby Reid.
If you are going to buy one skirt for the summer you definitely can’t fail with a denim one, like this one from LOFT. Not only will it go with every top you own but denim tends to be easier to wear. In this outfit, I styled the look with an easy floral top, blue wedge sandals from UGG, a dusty pink bag from Elliott Luca and slate blue floral earrings from Lord & Taylor.
If you are looking for easy grab-and-go pieces that you can wear all summer that aren’t shorts, look into having a few casual summer skirts that will keep you cool in the summer and a lot more stylish.