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10 Ways To Wear Yellow Shorts for a Stylish Look

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This accent color is the hottest for all seasons [yes, really]. Here is our ultimate guide on what to wear with yellow shorts.

Yellow shorts are the easiest way to create unique outfits which reflect your individual style for all your summer looks. While the rest of the world merges into a melting pot of minimalist and ‘quiet luxury’ micro-trends, this presents the perfect opportunity to embrace your personal style through different outfits with a pair of yellow shorts.

It might seem like a difficult clothing article to style, but there are endless cute outfits to create with this pop of color. Be careful of certain shades of yellow, as these can wash out your skin tone. Those with a fair skin tone can go for pastel yellows, whereas those with deeper tones can go for mustard yellow and chartreuse.

We’ve put together some of our favorite looks incorporating yellow shorts so you can ditch the denim and experiment with some color this summer. So, what should you wear with yellow shorts, you may be asking. We’ve collated 10 styling options to find the perfect choice for you.

What To Wear With Yellow Shorts

1. White Shirt


White is a great option to wear with yellow shorts and can be styled for formal and casual looks. A white top will sober down the brightness of the yellow shorts, as it is a perfect choice for a vacation outfit. This can be in the form of a collared shirt, or even a white tank top.

As for the rest of your outfit, this can be dressed down with white sneakers and a straw hat during the day or dressed up for the evening with a pair of wedges and a fun clutch.

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Indah Como Oversize Button Up Shirt
Indah

Como Oversize Button Up Shirt

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Sézane NICOLO SHORTS
Sézane

Nicolo Shorts

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8 Other Reasons

Equinox Hat

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2. Yellow Blazer


Nothing dresses up a summer outfit like a linen blazer, and paired with yellow linen shorts; it’s a no-brainer. If you have a party or special occasion to attend during the summer months, it can be easy to stick to neutral colors; however, if you’re open to experimenting, this is the perfect outfit for you.

Wedges are the perfect footwear option to pair with these, as heels can look out of place during daytime events, particularly when the rest of the outfit is already a statement.

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Farm Rio Peplum Linen Blazer
Farm Rio

Peplum Linen Blazer

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Farm Rio Ruffled-Cuff Belted Shorts
Farm Rio

Ruffled-Cuff Belted Shorts

At Saks Fifth Avenue

Saint Laurent Mini Le 5 à 7 Raffia Hobo
Saint Laurent

Mini Le 5 à 7 Raffia Hobo

At Nordstrom

3. Crop Top


If a crop top isn’t the ultimate summer staple, we’re not sure what is. This a great outfit choice if you have a patterned or embellished pair of shorts to wear. Yellow can be an overpowering color, and so styling it means bearing in mind the overall silhouette.

If the shorts are bulky in shape or fabric, pairing them with a crop top that shows even a sliver of skin means it will break up the outfit, creating balance.

Depending on the occasion, this can be styled many ways, with flats for the day or dressed up with a pair of heels for a night out!

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NBD

Lacey Bustier Top

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COS FLORAL-PRINT SILK SHORTS
COS

Floral-Print Silk Shorts

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Saint Laurent 53mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
Saint Laurent

Cat Eye Sunglasses

At Nordstrom

4. Floral Top


Floral prints are perfect for summer dressing but aren’t an obvious choice for pieces to wear with yellow shorts. Floral tops come in all forms, but single-color floral prints are perfect for daytime events like a garden party or picnic in the park.

Blue floral tops like this work perfectly as yellow and blue are opposites in the color wheel, and so according to color theory, are perfect to pair together.

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Reformation Kimberly Linen Top
Reformation

Kimberly Linen Top

At Reformation

WeWoreWhat Trouser Shorts
WeWoreWhat

Trouser Shorts

At Revolve

Bernardo Miami Flair Thong Sandals
Bernardo

Miami Flair Thong Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

5. Co-ord Set


The best way to style yellow shorts, if you aren’t the best at putting outfits together, is with coordinating sets. These are tops and bottoms from the same brand, which are often sold separately, but can be paired together seamlessly.

This styling option is great for formal occasions where you must dress up and at least look like you’ve put in effort. As for your shoes, you can stick to a neutral color to keep things easy, or if you want to make a statement, go for contrasting accessories in blue or purple!

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Cinq a Sept Kris Blazer
Cinq A Sept

Kris Blazer

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Cinq A Sept

Aldi Shorts

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6. Black Blouse


A neutral color like black is a great way to tone down yellow shorts if this is your first rodeo incorporating color in your look. Though black isn’t the best color for super hot days as it absorbs heat, it’s perfect for transitional dressing.

If you want to wear this look in the evening, consider pairing it with black heels and chunky gold jewelry to highlight the warm tones of the yellow.

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Tularosa Winnie Blouse
Tularosa

Winnie Blouse

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Camila Coelho Corelida Shorts
Camila Coelho

Corelida Shorts

At Revolve

Givenchy Small Antigona Leather Satchel
Givenchy

Small Antigona Leather Satchel

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7. Graphic Tee


Experimenting with combining multiple bright colors is great for a casual outfit on hot summer days. A pair of pale yellow denim shorts paired with a graphic tee from your favorite brand or band creates a great fashion-forward casual look.

If you’re not one to be too casual but want to pair a graphic tee with your look, go for a pair of tailored shorts as opposed to denim, and pair it with a belt to cinch in the waist.

We’re all about looking chic, so to take this from sloppy to chic, keep the rest of your accessories clean-cut and neutral with flat shoes and a cute shoulder bag.

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GANNI Basic Relaxed T-Shirt
GANNI

Basic Relaxed T-Shirt

At Revolve

Sézane NICOLO SHORTS
Sézane

Nicolo Shorts

At Sézane

Saint Laurent Medium Solferino Leather Shoulder Bag
Saint Laurent

Medium Solferino Shoulder Bag

At Nordstrom

8. Striped Shirt


The fashion girlies love a striped shirt for the summer months, and it’s great paired with statement yellow shorts. While bright-colored bottoms can draw attention and may not always be flattering, vertical stripes are slimming and will create balance in your overall look.

A striped shirt is a true summer essential as it can be worn tucked into your shorts or worn open over a tank top to cover your shoulders.

This is the perfect chic look for a European vacation, where stripes are a popular chic for elegant ladies. As with most of the yellow shorts styling recommendations, it’s a smart option to keep your accessories minimal and neutral, and nothing says summer like a raffia bag!

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Brunello Cucinelli Fluid Striped Twill Shirt with Monili Detail
Brunello Cucinelli

Fluid Striped Twill Shirt

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Brunello Cucinelli Fluid Striped Twill Shorts
Brunello Cucinelli

Fluid Striped Twill Shorts

At Neiman Marcus

LOEWE x Paula's Ibiza Square Basket Small Tote Bag
LOEWE

x Paula’s Ibiza Square Basket Bag

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9. Yellow Top


For a fun, sunshine-filled outfit, match your yellow shorts with a yellow top. Be mindful about the shades of yellow are roughly the same; otherwise, the outfit can look unintentionally messy. For a chic look, you can’t go wrong with pastel shades of yellow.

If it seems too much to go for yellow on top and bottom, go for a top with yellow accents to avoid looking like the sun emoji.

As for the rest of your accessories, go for a neutral tone like tan or white to brighten the outfit.

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Cropped Short-Sleeve Tweed Top

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Camila Coelho

Lieve Shorts

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Paloma Barcelo Basima Platform Slingback Sandals
Paloma Barcelo

Basima Platform Slingback Sandals

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10. Neutral Top


Sometimes a simple top is the best option, particularly for an occasion that calls for casual wear. To dress chic for the warm weather, go for a strapless or spaghetti strap top to pair with tailored yellow shorts to keep the overall outfit structured.

Neutral tones are great for toning down statement bottoms, and are an easy way to achieve an elegant look.

For a cohesive outfit, pair your accessories with the tone of your top, e.g. a taupe color top with taupe flat sandals, or a beige top with beige strappy heels.

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Easy Ruby Denim Shorts

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Beek

Finch Sandal

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We hope you found these tips helpful! As you can see, there are so many ways to wear yellow shorts and look adorable. If you’re looking for more inspiration in fashion, makeup, or lifestyle advice, check out our articles below.

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