15 Best Black Shorts Outfit Ideas to Copy This Summer

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Black shorts are wardrobe staples in the summer months and a great way to create casual and chic looks. In today’s post, I’ve got all kinds of style tips for you about all the different ways to wear a black pair of shorts. Plus, 15 black short outfits for you!

How do you wear black shorts in the summer?

You may wonder how to wear the color black in the hot weather. Wear black shorts casually in the summer with white or black sneakers, flat slides, sandals or leather flip-flops. Up top, try a neutral tank top in white, gray or black. Or experiment with a pop of color, pairing them with bright green, olive or blue tones. A white top with black stripes or a gingham top are great options for adding visual interest to an outfit. Pull out your sweatshirt for cooler mornings or nights. Try a graphic tee or a flutter or puff sleeve top. Or a button-up shirt worn two different ways, layered over a tank top and left open. Or buttoned up and tucked in. 

Ready to look at black shorts outfits? Let’s look at some cute outfits! 

In these looks, I’m wearing a pair of black curvy fit Monroe shorts from Loft in a size 10 with a 6-inch inseam. I normally wear a size 12 shorts. But I sometimes size down in a curvy fit. These shorts have a bit of stretch and easily accommodate my wider lower half. I tend to steer away from shorts that feel like mini shorts. 

Black and white

Black and white are natural to pair together. Here I’m wearing a ribbed high-neck halter tank top, white sneakers and a black Lululemon sling bag.

black and white outfit

Shorts | Top | Sneakers

Dress up your neckline with some layered necklaces and you’ve got an easy, chic and on-trend look. 

With a denim jacket

A denim jacket is perfect with black shorts when the weather is cooler in the morning or in the evening. Here, I’m wearing it over top of a white shirt.

Denim jacket outfit

Shorts | Top | Sneakers | Denim Jacket

White sneakers create an easy and laid-back look.

All black look

A black top and black shorts worn together make an edgy look. In this look, I’m wearing another black high-neck tank top. This is not a black crop top. You may have noticed that many tops these days are called cropped, but they are longer and just the perfect length to wear with high waisted shorts, like I’m wearing here. You can tuck it in and it’s also the perfect length to leave out.

All black outfit

Shorts | Top | Adidas

I’m accessorizing with my black Adidas tennis shoes and the same sling bag worn like a crossbody bag.

With a sweatshirt

Don’t pack away your sweatshirts for summer! They’re perfect for casual wear when the temperature drops. Here I’m wearing my gray sweatshirt with those black Adidas tennis shoes and the black sling bag again. Sling bags are an amazing way to have everything you need right at your fingertips. I love to wear mine shopping because it’s so easy to have everything you need right in front of you. 

sweatshirt outfit

Shorts | Sweatshirt | Adidas

With a button-up shirt

A button-up shirt creates an easy-breezy look left open over your white top and black shorts.

button-up shirt outfit

Shorts | Top | Button-up Shirt | Birkenstocks

I’m wearing some of my favorite shoes, my black Gizeh thong Birkenstocks. They’re super easy to walk in. 

With a graphic tee

This white and black J’Adore Paris graphic tee is my favorite white t-shirt. For your feet, swap out a pair of heels for some black slide sandals. Black slides are a great option to add to your wardrobe if you’ll be wearing black shorts, skirts or dresses and want a go-to shoe. My black slides have a brown tortoise shell buckle on them, dressing them up a bit. 

graphic tee outfit

Tee | Shorts | Bag

With a pop of color

You can absolutely wear bright colors with your black shorts. One of the great things about black is that it pairs with many colors. Here I’m wearing bright pink. But you can also easily wear bright green, olive green, light blue and gray blue with black.

pop of color outfit

Shorts | Tee

With a striped button-up shirt

I’m a sucker for a striped button-up shirt. Here I’m wearing my favorite navy and white striped shirt from J.Crew. If you’re looking for a great shirt to make a Bermuda shorts outfit with, this shirt makes for a tailored and preppy look.

striped button-up shirt outfit

Shorts | Button-Up Shirt | Bag

I added a black belt to complete the look.

With a cream sweater vest

If you have a sweater vest from the winter months, if it’s not too heavy, now’s your chance to pull it out and wear it like a top with shorts.

sweater vest outfit

Shorts | Slides

I’m finishing the look with my favorite raffia slides for a summery look and added texture. 

With an oversized shirt

You can definitely wear an oversized tee or oversized button-up shirt with your black shorts. Here I’m wearing a classic oversized white button-up shirt over the top of a halter tank top. A black belt with those black slides creates a tailored look. 

oversized button-up shirt outfit

Shorts | Tank | Button-up Shirt

With a white blazer

A white blazer makes a perfect topper for a more elevated look. Pair it over top of a halter neck tank top. Add a belt and some slide sandals. I chose my raffia slides with metal detail for a more elevated look.

white blazer outfit

Blazer | Shorts | Tank Top | Shoes

Wear this when you need a casual look that’s elevated for slightly more formal occasions. Perhaps wear it out to lunch when you’ll be in air conditioning and need your arms to stay warm, but you want to look more polished. This is my favorite of all the outfit ideas here. 

With a black gingham blouse

A dark gingham shirt adds pattern and visual interest to a black shorts outfit. Wear it tucked in and with a belt for a more polished look. 

gingham blouse outfit


With an olive-colored top

Olive green always looks amazing paired with black. Here I’m wearing an olive green tee and wearing a belt to make the look a little more formal and define the waistline.

olive shirt outfit


With a striped top

Stripes are a natural pairing with black shorts. And this cream boat-neck top with black stripes and elbow-length sleeves is the perfect top if you like to have your arms more covered without wearing long sleeves.

striped shirt outfit


I’m wearing a belt and those black slides again.

With a gray shirt

A gray top is a no-brainer with black shorts. Here I’m wearing tan slides and a tan bag for an additional contrasting color that makes them look even more interesting. If you’re wondering if you can wear brown or tan accessories with your black shorts, you absolutely can! 

gray shirt outfit

Shorts | Top | Shoes | Bag

Play around with different combinations and have fun with it! Black shorts are super versatile, you can’t go wrong with them. XO, Marya

Hi, Friend. I'm Marya. I'm so glad you're here!

I’m here to help women feel good inside and out through approachable everyday style inspiration and encouragement for midlife. Once upon a time, I worked as a therapist and coach. Now, I’m a holistic style blogger studying style coaching! Be So You celebrates leaning into who we were meant to be! 

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