Dressy Shorts for Women – Options Other Than Denim

May 13, 2019

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good jean short. While chasing a toddler, I definitely need a casual pair of shorts for the summer months. However, I don’t know about you all, sometimes those feel pretty casual and almost a little young for me. Especially the ones that are short. And most of them are short – especially when you are 5’10”. That is why I have been on the hunt for dressy shorts for women. 

Enter these adorable paperbag waist black shorts. They are so flattering, comfortable, and a decent length. They are a dressier fabric which makes them easily suitable for dressier yet warm summer events. You can add a blouse or cami with a heeled sandal like I have done below. You can also dress them down with a graphic tee and sneakers. I wanted to show you both options in one post. 

Dressy Shorts for Women – Outfit 1

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Dressy Shorts for Women – Outfit 2

Below is a more casual styling option with a t-shirt and sneakers. I love how versatile this style short can be. You can shop more cute paperbag waist shorts here. I always default to Shopbop since they have such a big selection with brands like BB Dakota, Madewell, and re:named all offering options $70 and under. They sell the rainbow striped Madewell pair you have seen me style on the blog before here. Clearly I am into this style!

paperbag waist shorts styled casually with a t-shirt and sneakers

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  • Reply Miley May 22, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Awesome! Chic and classy!

    Pillows and Pillowcases – bed pillows & sleeping pillows

  • Reply Alice Morgan May 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    You look fabulous in the “little black shorts”! I thought you meant that they were longer than the others – they have a 3″ inseam!
    I don’t think I could wear them as well as you with only a 3″ inseam – isn’t that a short-short?
    I haven’t really searched the internet for some other length – what length would you suggest for a curvy figure who can wear a new pair of Madewell jeans in 31 – 9″ mid-rise skinny jeans in Paloma wash – size 31!!
    thank you so much for the tip! and sending the link!

  • Reply jodie filogomo May 18, 2019 at 7:43 am

    These are perfect Amy because they can be dressy and casual. Nothing like great versatility in our closets!!
    And those shoes?? Love them too!

  • Reply Jessica May 16, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    This is so cute with your top dear! So perfect for summer.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Reply Ruth May 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I am all about a good pair of high waisted paper bag shorts. I found a pair last year and LOVE them so much! They are a great option!


  • Reply Ashley May 14, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I do love a good dressy short- great for summer nights when you aren’t feeling a dress but jeans feel too hot!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply districtofchic May 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I love a good pleated short and these are so chic! Definitely a great alternative to jean shorts!

    District of Chic

  • Reply James Fetzer May 14, 2019 at 7:19 am

    They are ever so creative to look good and attractive. Women with short really look great

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 13, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I’m just loving the paper bag style. I have a pair of pants, now I just need a pair of shorts. I love shorts that are about this length… not too short and not too long!


  • Reply Rachelle May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    both are perfect Summer outfits. Love these shorts


  • Reply The Fashion Folks May 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I love this alternative! Much more stylish and comfy if you ask me. I have a similar pair in grey! Xx


  • Reply Laura May 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Those shorts are darling on you! I just got a pair of paperbag waist shorts and they are so fun to wear! They are very comfortable, too!

  • Reply Andrea Nine May 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I really love the dress shorts that have the looser legs. These are some seriously cute looks!

  • Reply LORENA May 13, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Those were the shorts I needed yesterday when we had a crazy 34 degree weather!
    They look chic and cool.

  • Reply Meagan Brandon May 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I love paperbag waist shorts, especially with a loose leg like this pair! They look great on you! Now you’re making me want to order another pair 🙂


  • Reply jodie filogomo May 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I love these Amy. They are like a pair I have, and I feel like they almost look like a short skirt. Super cute.

  • Reply Biana May 13, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I bought some similar shorts from loft and I can’t wait to dress them up! You look awesome girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Samantha May 13, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Such a cute outfit! Love the shorts! It’s still in the 40s here…I couldn’t even think about wearing shorts right now 🙁

  • Reply Jill May 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Those shorts are adorable and such a great option besides denim! Love both of these looks!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Katherine May 13, 2019 at 6:13 am

    I love those shorts! Always great to have an option other than denim for the summer. Those look really comfy too!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

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