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Chic shorts outfits for stylish moms

Anyone — even busy moms — can pull off the latest trends with the right basics. Pair these shorts with the right shirt and be the most stylish mom at the playground.


Scalloped edges

Scalloped edges make shorts look more refined, so there’s no need to overdo it with other accessories. A plain T-shirt is all it takes. Shoes can also stay pretty basic — go with plain ballet flats or sandals. To add a subtle punch, metallic captoe flats are a good choice. As ball caps become increasingly popular on style blogs, wearing one with a dressier outfit plays up the sophistication of the shorts.

White shorts

Product picks

Little White Lies Shorts, $110; Zara Basic Cotton T-shirt, $26; Enzo Angiolini ‘Danville’ Flat, $120; Roots Fleece Stretch Baseball Cap, $24


Retro denim

Dig out those old denim shorts to put a new “mom-appropriate” spin on an old favorite. It’s an easy go-to outfit when paired with a roomy, oversized tee and plain sandals. It also makes excellent use of forgotten clothes stowed away in the back of the closet. Who knows what else you may find back there!

retro denim

Product picks

TopShop MOTO Dip Dye Peach Hotpants, $56; Madewell Tiered Lace Top, $75; Crochet Band Linen Fedora, $11; J.Crew Slingback Ballet Flats, $145


Leather lovin’

Leather may not be the first thing moms think of wearing while they’re out and about with the kids, but a sophisticated take is achievable with a basic white T-shirt and a plain, structured blazer. This outfit is perfect for days when you’re juggling looking chic and playing with your children.

leather shorts

Product picks

Topshop Zip Side Leather Look Shorts, $60; Zara V-neck T-shirt, $20; OASIS Textured Jacket, $93; ASOS Bridge Detail Cat Eye Sunglasses, $20; Vince Camuto ‘Tamma’ Flat, $98


Floral frenzy

To keep floral shorts from looking too juvenile, all that’s needed is to pair them with a simple long-sleeved shirt. Keeping the top simple and understated allows for the shorts to look mature as opposed to childish.

floral shorts

Product picks

LC Lauren Conrad Floral Denim Shorts, $44; J.Crew Lightweight Merino V-neck Sweater, $80; Sweet as Cotton Candy Necklace, $40; J.Crew Quorra Ballet Flats, $158

Bonus: Quirky patterns


Product picks

Miss Selfridge Embellished Knicker Short, $84; ELLE Scroll Shorts, $44; Uniqlo Women Cabbages & Roses Flare Shorts, $20

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