I believe many people think shorts are very utilitarian…they are something to throw on when you hike the Shenandoah Mountains, go to the grocery store, garden, or climb the jungle gym with your kids. Shorts have come a long way, baby! They are no longer that one mundane item you have to buy just because spring suddenly ended and bam! It is hot outside!

A fresh, new trend has arisen with the arrival of dressy shorts. Who knew shorts could be so classy, elegant, and sophisticated? You can pair them with a dressy top for a night out, or a more casual date. Sound chilly? Add a blazer! They also go perfect with a heel, wedge, or strappy sandal. Although we adore our favorite dress for every special occasion, dressy shorts break the rules and will add a modern twist to any wardrobe.

Opt for shorts cut in luxe fabrics, textures, and sheens. Also, be on the lookout for special detailing and solid structure, which will make a silhouette look dressier than regular shorts. The dressier the shorts are the better, so don’t shy away from these gorgeous details.

A perfect example of luxuriousness is the coral and metallic shorts shown here. The richness of the fabric pairs well with this beautiful, strappy summer-suede top by Bailey 44. Add shimmering earrings and a pair of heels and you are ready for a cocktail party or — why not? — a rehearsal dinner!

Dresses are wonderful but dare to break the mold and stand out in these stunning, pale gold shorts by Amy Matto and coral top by Nicole Miller Artelier. The sophisticated simplicity of the shorts help showcase the tank’s vibrant color, metal studs, and fashion forward fringe. Sparkling earrings complete this totally on-trend look.

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These shorts by Three Dots say summer with the navy and white polka dot motif. The simple Soft Joie top has a texture that lends an air of playfulness to the outfit. Kick it up with a gun-metal colored necklace and bold bracelets and that playfulness turned sleek and self-assured.