The Best T-Shirt and Shorts Pairings of Summer

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If summer had a uniform, it would undoubtedly be shorts and tees. Dresses, rompers and capris are great for braving the unrelenting heat and humidity as well, but there’s something particularly satisfying about a great pair of cut-offs, combined with an effortless t-shirt, that signifies warm-weather style at its best and simplest.

Get inspired by our roundup of no-fail outfits you can wear during the season’s hottest days, whether you’re dressing for work or play.


1. Knee-Deep in Style

If you’d like to keep cool without revealing too much leg, opt for thigh-grazing Bermuda-length shorts with a sleek longline silhouette. When coupled with a sequin tee, you’ll create an enviable ensemble that’s just as suitable for the office as it is for brunch with friends.

Sequin Tee & Bermuda Shorts
Sequin Detail Tee
Melanie Lyne
Denim Bermuda Shorts
Melanie Lyne

2. Draw Them In

It’s hard to deny the ease of pull-on shorts with an elastic drawcord waist. When matched with a linen-blend tee, a breezy fit that extends to the middle of the thigh may be exactly what you need to stay stylishly comfortable on a sticky sun-filled day.

Dotted Tee & Pull-On Shorts
Dotted Linen-Blend Tee
Melanie Lyne
Striped Pull-On Shorts
Melanie Lyne

3. Bring the Tropics to You

Dreaming of a sandy getaway? Experience the tropics wherever you are in light and airy shorts with an exotic palm leaf print. Tie your look together with a minimalist, solid-coloured tee in a complementing hue, and you’ll be ready for whatever the day has in store!

Solid Tee & Tropical Shorts
Short Sleeve Linen-Blend Tee
Melanie Lyne
Tropical Print Shorts
Melanie Lyne

4. Timeless in Tencel

Look ultra-fashionable while reducing your carbon footprint by slipping into sustainably-made Tencel shorts. Soft and smooth to the touch, you won’t regret inviting this eco-friendly fabric into your rotation. For added charm, throw on an embellished pineapple print tee.

Pineapple Tee & Tencel Shorts
Pineapple Print Tee
Laura Plus
Pull-On Tencel Shorts
Laura Plus

5. Patched to Perfection

Long story short, patch pockets and rolled cuffs lend a laid-back feel to utilitarian-inspired cargo bottoms. All you need to infuse a touch of femininity into your outfit is a cotton-blend tee with delicate lace detailing and the understated elegance of an everyday summer staple.

Lace Tee & Patch Pocket Shorts
Lace Detail Tee
Laura Petites
Patch Pocket Shorts
Laura Petites

What’s your go-to t-shirt and shorts pairing? Let us know in the comments section below.

Written by Sarah Sussman

Born and raised in the city of endless festivals and world-famous gastronomy, Sarah considers herself a true Montrealer. From the undeniably genius blend of squeaky cheese curds, fries and gravy to the breathtakingly beautiful European-inspired architecture, it’s easy for this city girl to find plenty to love in the place she is proud to call home. When she is not enjoying time with her family and seriously contemplating whether to order sushi or pizza while at home with her husband and kids, Sarah is likely pushing herself to the limit through intense boxing workouts and trying her very hardest not to jaywalk.


  1. Love this issue. Really something that as an a young senior I can see myself wearing.

  2. Every time I read one of Sarah’s posts I want to stop working and start shopping immediately. Great choice of shorts ,especially the striped pullons!

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