Three Comfortable and Affordable Casual Summer Bottoms Your Closet Needs + 20% OFF!

Casual Summer Bottoms: Denim Shorts + Neutral Shorts + Lightweight Pants

Huge thanks to Kohl’s and Collective Voice for sponsoring this post

It might be near the end of July, but where I live there’s still plenty of summer weather left! It actually feels like we’ve just gotten started! One of my keys to easier summer style is to have at least three summer bottoms that you feel good in. So, today I’m partnering with Kohl’s and Collective Voice to share three essential casual summer bottoms that are foundations to great summer style!

These are all really affordable and are totally worth it to feel great for the rest of the summer! They’re comfortable, too!

Kohl’s is one of my favorite places to find good items that are comfortable and a great value. They also have a range of sizes, including straightpluspetite, and tall options. And, they make it easy to shop with curbside and in-store pickup options and an extended return window.

Also, Kohl’s is running its Friends & Family Sale, so you can get 20% OFF your order with code FRIENDS20 until 7/30!

SIZING: I’m 5’6” and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

casual summer outfits + denim shorts + striped top + metallic sandals denim shorts + gold striped top + metallic slides rolled hem denim shorts + lightweight top + metallic sandals

1. Denim Shorts (comfortable ones!)
These are a summer staple! Finding a pair that’s right for you and that’s comfortable can take some work. But, it’s totally worth it since it will give you an option that goes with nearly everything making you feel put together more easily. You can pair denim shorts with super casual tanks and tees or dress them up a little with an elevated casual top, like I’m doing here.

Kohl’s has several denim shorts that are comfortable and very affordable! The shorts I’m wearing here are lightweight with stretch and pretty easy to move around in. They’re only $17.59 right now(!!) come in 4 washes! See them all HERE. Available in plus sizes HERE. I wear size 8.

*Pro tip: I typically go a size up in denim shorts compared to what I wear in jeans!

BTW, this top is an awesome elevated casual option that’s nicer than a t-shirt but not as dressy as a blouse. It’s been part of both my spring and summer wardrobes, and it’ll be great for the early parts of fall. And, it’s only $19.99! Find it in straight sizes HERE and plus sizes HERE I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o Kohl’s (exactwearing size S)
Shorts: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 8)
Shoes: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 8)
Earrings: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 casual summer outfit + sleeveless top + neutral shorts + black sandalscoral and olive top + black shorts + black sandals

2. Black, White, or Other Neutral Shorts
Add a second pair of shorts in a neutral color, like black, white, tan, grey, or navy. Choose either denim shorts or soft shorts. The neutral color will work with lots of colors and prints and will give you an alternative to denim shorts that will add variety to your outfits.

These black denim shorts are comfortable with stretch, and they are on the thicker side, which helps you feel more secure and supported. They come in 4 colors, HERE! I wear size 8.

Again, you can pair them with casual tees or with nicer casual tops. If you’re looking for tops that are a step up from t-shirts but are still really casual with an easygoing vibe, this tank has been one of my favorites this summer! I own it in several prints, and I especially love pairing it with anything that has a high waist and needs a full tuck. It’s just $16.79, too! Find it in 12 prints and colors in straight sizes, HERE. See plus sizes HERE. I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o Kohl’s (exactwearing size S)
Shorts: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 8)
Shoes: (similar)
Earrings: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

casual summer outfit + floral top + tan pants + metallic sandalsred pink white floral top + tan pants + metallic slides floral top + lightweight tan pants + metallic sandals

3. Soft, Lightweight Pants
Last, include soft, lightweight pants, preferably in a neutral color, to have an option for days when you don’t want to wear shorts. Again, comfort is key!

These pants are really soft and lightweight, and they’re super comfortable with a fully elastic waistband and drawstring. They look polished and can be worn with blouses, like I’m showing here. But, they can also be paired with a t-shirt for a dressed down look, which I’ll show below. They’re just $17.59 right now and come in 2 colors, HERE. I wear size S.

This top is such a fun statement piece that can be dressed up for work with slacks or dressed down with jeans. It’s only $19.99 right now and comes in 10 prints in straight sizes, HERE! I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o Kohl’s (exactwearing size S)
Pants: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size S)
Shoes: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 8)
Earrings: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

black top + tan drawstring pants + black sandals black tee + tan pants + metallic slides

Here’s a dressed-down look with the pants in a simple pairing with a plain t-shirt. This outfit is really casual but looks polished simply because the pants give off a polished vibe. The pants make looking stylish and put together so easy!

These pants will also work perfectly for the transition from summer to fall!

Shop the Outfit:
Top: (similar)
Pants: c/o Kohl’s (exact—wearing size S)
Shoes: (similar)
Earrings: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

If you have these three types of bottoms, you can feel stylish for the rest of the summer, dressing them down with t-shirts and dressing them up with nicer tops!

I rounded up some more casual summer pieces to check out. Remember, you can get 20% OFF your order with code FRIENDS20 until 7/30!

Affordable Summer Pieces On Sale


If you’d like more inspiration for your summer style, check out the Summer Wardrobe & Outfit Guides! You will have help filling in the holes in your summer wardrobe and have outfit ideas galore so that you can feel stylish through the rest of your summer activities!

Summer Wardrobe & Outfit Guides are available for both casual outfits and work outfits. Find them HERE.

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