What to Wear If You Don’t Like Shorts

June 17, 2020

I’ve never been a huge fan of shorts. Part of it is that I am tall and have trouble finding the right pair. Part of it is that I just feel more comfortable in something else. If you are like me and looking for an alternative to wearing shorts, read on for what to wear if you don’t like shorts.

Are shorts not your thing? Honestly, mine either! If you are like me and looking for an alternative to wearing shorts in the summer, read on for what to wear if you don't like shorts.

Casual Above the Knee Dresses

If you aren’t sure what to wear if you don’t like shorts, my immediate and favorite go-to for summer is a casual above the knee dress. These loose, easy options flatter every body type and keep you comfortable in the heat of the summer. Plus, it’s an outfit all in one piece! My particular favorites are usually a jersey material that can be dressed up or down and easily washed.

Style Tip – Change up your shoes to easily go from a casual to dressier look.

Casual dresses are a great alternative to shorts during the summer!
Wondering what to wear if you don't like shorts? Easy jersey swing dresses are a great option!
I love having a t-shirt dress in my closet as a casual alternative to shorts!
This leopard drop waist dress is only $20 and washes so well. The perfect non-shorts summer outfit idea.

Cotton or Casual Midi/Maxi Dresses

If you are tall like me or just prefer to have something a little modest, a cotton or casual midi or maxi dress is probably the best option. I personally LOVE this choice as it is much more mom friendly than a shorter dress.

If you are like me and looking for an alternative to wearing shorts, read on for what to wear if you don't like shorts.
Loose cotton midi or maxi dresses are a great option for summer if you don't like shorts.

Cropped Jeans or Pants

If you are looking for a non-dress alternative to shorts, cropped jeans or pants are your best option for summer. I prefer to buy a looser style to maximize coolness. Lenin or cotton can also be a great option.

Style Tip – Opt for a higher waist to define at your narrowest point and balance the volume of the leg. See my post here about what shoes to wear with cropped jeans.

Cropped jeans or pants can be an easy and fun idea when wondering what to wear if you don't like shorts.


Another great non-dress or shorts option for summer is a jumpsuit. These come in many styles and can be really flattering when done right. If you don’t like a skinny leg, opt for a wider leg option that almost gives the illusion of a dress. Here’s the link to my first one pictured.

Style Tip – Make sure your waist is defined!

What to Wear if You Don’t Like Shorts

A casual short dress, a easy to wear midi or maxi dress, cropped jeans or pants, and jumpsuits are my favorite suggestions for what to wear if you don’t like shorts. I also like short rompers and overalls, but they are basically another version of shorts, so I did not mention them here. You can also consider a longer, bermuda type short or adding a kimono over your shorts just for extra coverage.

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  • Reply Natalie April 28, 2023 at 7:41 am

    I’ve just found this post, after searching for some ‘non-short’ inspo. Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Reply Lorena June 27, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    I shy away from shorts, but dresses offer endless options, such great choices.

  • Reply Emma Peach June 20, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Lovely Summer dresses and jumpsuits! I don’t like wearing shorts unless they’re knee length..I don’t like showing my pasty white thighs!

    Emma xxx

  • Reply Rosemary Davis June 18, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I love wearing dresses in summer too. And you picks are great. I especially like the jumpsuit idea too!

    Rosemary xoxord

  • Reply Diana June 18, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Really like your blog post. You;re so pretty and your outfit so chic!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Amber June 17, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Dresses are an easy alternative to shorts, loving your outfits here Amy Ann!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!


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