I want to be a shorts person. I really do. College Emily was a shorts person. Running Emily is a shorts person (though she’s getting more and more elusive). Momming Emily? Until recently, not a shorts person, despite plenty of effort — and plenty of decent shorts, too.
But when Old Navy invited me to check out their vast selection of shorts for this coming season, I found myself…well, surprised. Pleasantly surprised. Turns out, I really do enjoy wearing shorts, so long as they don’t stray too far from genres and fabrics that are solidly within my comfort zone. And it’s helpful when the value proposition is stellar, too.
So below, we’re talking three easy (always!), cute summer outfits — all featuring shorts that are delightfully comfortable, on-trend, and, most importantly, wearable.
Pssst: From May 20th to the 23rd, you can save 50% off of select shorts, tees and swim during the Old Navy Memorial Day Sale! We love Old Navy. This season, in particular, their pieces seem to offer so much quality for the price, so now’s the perfect time to stock up on summer faves at an even better value. Happy hunting!
1. This Matching Athleisure Shorts Set Is Just Flirty Enough
Everything at Old Navy this season seems unexpectedly special, and this matching sweatsuit is no exception. I’m a big fan of all things athleisure, which begs the question: do I have the pandemic to thank for this, or would I have gradually gravitated in this direction eventually?
Regardless, something about looking intentional while feeling supremely comfortable seems particularly inviting, as is the rich green of this matching set. It feels especially elevated (and on-trend) with the tiny embroidered peace signs on the collar of the sweatshirt and the hem of the shorts, but of course, since we’re talking Old Navy, it’s a steal for the set. Seriously. I feel like I’m getting away with something here.
The Extra High-Waisted Vintage Terry Sweat Shorts are high-rise with a 3″ inseam, but you could easily wear them lower so they show a little less leg. But honestly? I kind of like the flirty length. In fact, anything that pushes sweat shorts into Actually Flattering Territory is ok with me.
Can one have too many cheeky graphic sweatshirts? (Let’s hope not, because there’s a second one featured, below.) Not only is this Vintage Graphic Easy Sweatshirt perfect with this set, but it’s also great on its own. Wearing a Small here, and it’s just intentionally oversized enough to look current with wide leg jeans (I haven’t stopped wearing these since I got them a few weeks ago) or leggings — but you could size up one for more of a Gen Z vibe.
And let’s give a quick shoutout to these Sugarcane-Blend Double-Strap Slide Sandals. For something so simple, they’re too freaking flattering on the foot. And they’re available in 10 fun colors and patterns. (Mineral Spring and Dulce De Leche are in my cart as we speak.)
2. The Trick To Truly Wearable Cutoff Shorts? Go Long.
I always want to wear cutoffs. I love the idea of them, and once upon a time, they were my summertime bread and butter. Now, though, it feels like the opportunity to do so doesn’t present itself as frequently. Maybe it’s my waning confidence, maybe it’s the weather (coastal summers are notoriously chilly). Either way, these High-Waisted O.G. Straight Cut-Off Jean Shorts are the solution.
How do I love thee shorts? Let me count the ways: 1) They’re long enough to be on-trend, and the wash is so very good, friends; 2) they have the look of high-end rigid denim, but the composition is actually just a bit stretchy, so they slip on comfortably and hug just right; 3) best of all, between the wash and the light distressing, they have an authentic look and feel.
I’ll be wearing these well into the fall, when the fog actually gives way to sunny beach days that just beg for cutoff jean shorts. Absolutely perfect. (For reference, I’m 5’5″ and am usually between a 0-2; wearing a 2 here.)
And the Oversized Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt? Such a cool, vintage blue, and the slightly cropped length paired with the oversized drop shoulders is so playful.
3. Chambray + Linen, An Easy Summer Outfit Formula
Chambray and linen feel like such a natural combo. Both have roots in casual dressing but can be easily elevated with a couple of thoughtful details.
Remember when I said everything at Old Navy feels unexpectedly special this season? This Chambray Flutter Sleeve Embroidered Tie-Back Top is such a prime example. The details and the quality are seriously impressive. From the eyelet trim to the embroidery, and the smocking in the back with the fun tie — it’s just really well done. And pairing a more utilitarian fabric like chambray with sweet details and an almost boho silhouette? That might just be my personal style summed up in one ideal, summery top.
I couldn’t resist the quasi patriotic vibes of the chambray paired with these red High-Waisted Linen Blend Shorts. I gravitate heavily toward just about anything linen, so these caught my eye right away, especially for the price (under $20!). This particular red hue is well done, too — subtly earthy and warm, perfect for summer — but they’re available in a handful of other great colors, including a basic black that would be easy to dress up (I also nabbed it for myself).
Best of all, they have an interior drawstring, so you get the adjustable fit of a drawstring waist — wear them as high or low as you please — but the waistband lies flat without any annoying tie to have to style your top around. Such a small but smart detail that will make me 10x more likely to reach for these, regardless of the top I’m wearing.
Shop More Spring & Summer Outfit Pieces At Old Navy
This spring and summer, Old Navy’s game is seriously on point. Everything I’ve ordered of late has been of such high quality, from the fabrics to the construction. Below, a few more faves I have and love, plus everything else lurking my cart. (Don’t forget: from May 20th to the 23rd, you can save 50% off of select shorts, tees and swim during the Old Navy Memorial Day Sale. Perfect time to stock up!)
Em, NMOFP (Newly Minted Official Shorts Person)
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