11 best short sets for summer to shop

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Meet your new seasonal uniform: Shorts sets for summer.

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There’s no denying the ease and comfort of a flowy summer dress, but they’re not necessarily the most practical garments — especially in the presence of a strong gust of wind.

Once the temperatures start to climb, shorts are the perfect alternative to a dress or skirt that still provides plenty of coverage. This summer, shorts are even getting a vacation-ready upgrade in the form of matching shorts sets.

Spotted on influencers and runways alike, think of shorts sets as the lower-maintenance version of a sundress or jumpsuit. Slightly more polished than the pandemic staple, sweatsuits, they’re equally as comfortable and can be dressed up as much or as little as your social calendar requires.

Whether you’re planning on wearing them as loungewear or as you dip your toes back into summer get-togethers, the easy to wear style offers a playful take on summer dressing. If you’re ready to dive into the trend, shop 11 of our favourite short sets below.

Women's Camp Shirt and Camp Shorts. Image via Allbirds.

Women’s Camp Shirt and Camp Shorts. Image via Allbirds.

Relive summers past with this lightweight matching set that’s designed for all your upcoming adventures. Made with a combination of earth-friendly hemp and Allbirds’s signature Tree fibre blend, this set has a light, slightly draped feel that only gets softer the more you wear it.

SHOP IT: Allbirds, $105 (shirt); $75 (shorts)

100{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} cotton printed shorts and 100{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} cotton blouse. Image via Mango.

100{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} cotton printed shorts and 100{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} cotton blouse. Image via Mango.

Not only does this printed look offer plenty of potential for mixing and matching, it also comes in mini sizes for a mom and me moment.

SHOP IT: Mango, $45 (shorts); $45 (blouse)

Off-the-shoulder Crop Top and Pull-on Shorts. Image via H&M.

Off-the-shoulder Crop Top and Pull-on Shorts. Image via H&M.

For a more daring take on this season’s matching set trend, this H&M look has you covered. This puff-sleeve crop top and woven shorts have a subtle sheen to them, making this a great choice for a fun night out.

SHOP IT: H&M, $20 (top); $20 (shorts)

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Carmen Linen Two Piece. Image via Reformation.

Carmen Linen Two Piece. Image via Reformation.

This linen two-piece set is about as summer-ready as they come, and is made with breathable linen. With elevated details like a figure-hugging high rise and elastic trim on the top, it’s a standout choice for the season.

SHOP IT: Reformation, $265

Zuma Sweater Set. Image via Free People.

Zuma Sweater Set. Image via Free People.

If you’re going for a laid-back and comfy vibe this summer, you’ll want to add this cozy sweater set to your cart. It includes a classic oversized button-down shirt with coordinating pull-on ribbed shorts

SHOP IT: Free People, $108

BCBGeneration Button Ruffle Top and Ruffle Hem Short. Image via Revolve.

BCBGeneration Button Ruffle Top and Ruffle Hem Short. Image via Revolve.

In need of a little date night inspiration? Look to this flirty printed set that has both ruffle and smocking details for a feminine touch.

SHOP IT: Revolve, $107 (top); $112 (shorts)

Anine Bing Austin Top and Candice Shorts. Image via Shopbop.

Anine Bing Austin Top and Candice Shorts. Image via Shopbop.

Turn on vacation mode and hit the beach in this tropical-inspired matching shorts set. Its subtle palm print adds just the right amount of fun to any occasion without being over the top.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $220 (top); $183 (shorts)

The Tank and The Short. Image via Kule.

The Tank and The Short. Image via Kule.

It doesn’t get much easier or low maintenance than cotton shorts and tanks in the summer, and this playful set features a striped design that can be mixed and matched with anything in your wardrobe. 

SHOP IT: Kule, $68 (top); $68 (shorts)

Floral And Tropical Print Crop Wrap Top With Shorts. Image via Shein.

Floral And Tropical Print Crop Wrap Top With Shorts. Image via Shein.

This set includes a printed wrap top and high-waisted shorts, which can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Whether you choose to pair it with sneakers or heels, it’s an ideal choice for the season.

SHOP IT: Shein, $13

Women’s Biker Shorts Set. Image via Amazon.

Women’s Biker Shorts Set. Image via Amazon.

The tie-dye trend is still going strong, and this casual shorts set is an affordable way to try out the trend. With a matching tee and bike shorts, you’ll be ready to take on the day.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $33

En Saison Floral-Print Quilted Top and Quilted Scarf Printed Shorts. Image via Hudson's Bay.

En Saison Floral-Print Quilted Top and Quilted Scarf Printed Shorts. Image via Hudson’s Bay.

What do you get when luxe meets comfy? This sweet short set made from a silky quilted material that can take you from day to night with ease. 

SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $89 (top); $79 (shorts)

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