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Ah, the sundress: the one-piece wonder of your summer wardrobe. Until you’re Citi Biking or sitting on grass or just feel like wearing something else. Shorts are an obvious alternative—but they can be a challenge for those of us who no longer have the fashion sense (or the metabolism) of a 20-year-old. Leave the denim diapers to the NYU kids and try one of these über-flattering pairs instead.

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ASOS

Belted + Striped

Nautical vibes for days.

ASOS ($43)

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Nordstrom

Floral + Scalloped

Be the most ladylike guest at that Hamptons party without even wearing a dress.

June + Hudson ($49)

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The Outnet

Two-Tone Silk

Sporty color-blocking plus leg-skimming drape equals maximum wearability. 

Zeus + Dione ($115)

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Joe’s Jeans

Not-Teeny Denim

Cutoffs don’t have to scream “rising high-school senior.” These babies have a respectable four-inch inseam (and a trendy ghost pocket, to boot). 

Joe’s Jeans ($148)

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Topshop

Tailored Tie-Front

Saturday night drinks with the girls? Trade out your go-to LBD for this waist-cinching pair.

Topshop ($68)

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Zara

Embroidered Gingham

You’d think doubling up on trends would be overkill, but the effect is surprisingly elegant, thanks to the clean A-line silhouette.

Zara ($40)

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Modcloth

Button-Front Chinos

Guaranteed to go with everything.

ModCloth ($35)

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Club Monaco

Pleated Trouser Shorts

All the class of your favorite work pants, none of the overheating. 

Club Monaco ($69) 

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