Comfortable Summer Shorts That Aren’t Denim

When it comes to summer shorts, I usually live in my denim ones. Not surprising since denim is my all time favorite fabric. But with me spending a lot more time at home and still wanting to get dressed, I haven’t been reaching for my denim as much. Instead, I’ve been reaching for anything more comfortable and soft that’s more lounge-like if I can. Insert the best comfortable non denim shorts.

Last summer I picked up these linen striped shorts and these as well. I wear them non stop. But with only two pairs, I felt I needed to add a few more to my closet. Insert these Abercrombie & Fitch ones that come in several colors and are currently on clearance. Stock is running low, but these striped ones are available in all sizes. How I wish I grabbed the red and leopard ones. For size reference, I take a small in these.

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How To Style Non-Denim Summer Shorts

Styling non-denim shorts for summer to me is mostly no different than styling my go-to denim shorts. Pair them with simple tank tops (these are a few favorites), graphic tees or even bodysuits. I like a more fitted tank when I wear these since they’re typically a little more loose and flowy than typical denim. This means a more fitted top will be more flattering. Plus, non-denim shorts can be full of fun prints, stripes and colors so it’s nice to bring in a color from the print or go simple with a white or neutral top.

To add a layer, I love a denim jacket. It’s a summer staple. But a light utility jacket is great too, or even a long light cardigan as the nights hopefully get a little cooler.

Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 8.3.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    VERY into non-denim shorts! Loving this pair! I purchased two linen shorts from & Other Stories and couldn’t be more obsessed with them. Wear basically any time I leave the house.

    xo Laura Leigh

  2. 8.3.20

    I need to get more Abercrombie in my life! Love these shorts a lot!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  3. 8.3.20
    Karly said:

    These are THE cutest pictures of you! I’m all about the non-denim shorts this summer. So comfortable for around-the-house, but dressed up enough to run errands!


    • 8.3.20
      Jessica said:

      Yes if I can nap in them, then they’re approved!

  4. 8.4.20
    Rachel said:

    I absolutely despise denim shorts and have been avoiding them as much as possible this summer, especially since we’re spending so much time at home! I need to pick up a few of the pairs you linked, especially your striped one! So cute.


  5. 8.5.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Oh the ones you are wearing are SO cute x

    Lisa |