Bet You Never Thought This Outfit Formula Could Work

There was a time, at one point, where it might have seemed unconventional to wear high heels with shorts, which is when we asked celebrity stylists for their expert opinions on how to style the look and remain polished. The main takeaway? When creating a put together outfit featuring heels and shorts, it’s all about balance.

Whether you want to bring an elevated element to your summer ensembles or have a slightly more formal event to attend and want to swap your standard dress or skirt for something a little more playful, wearing shorts with a pair of heels can be done.

If you need a little more convincing, we rounded up our favorite looks from fashion girls who have nailed the outfit combination. From chic mules and sandals to ankle boots you can wear all summer, these ladies show you just how the shorts-and-heels combo can be worn.

If you want to wear a pair of denim cutoffs, opt for a pair of shoes with a low heel—like simple mules—that’ll go with anything you wear.

Summer is the perfect time to break out the cutoffs. Available in sizes 24 to 31.
Slip these on for any occasion. Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Everyone needs a quality striped shirt. Available in sizes IT 40 to IT 44.
For when you need a more formal pair of shorts. Available in sizes 0 to 10.
We can’t get over the bow detail. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Test out the color of the season. Available in sizes AUS 8 to AUS 10.
The white ankle boot trend is still going strong this season. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Wear these with any top. Available in sizes 12 to 24.
So classic. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Wear this on a cool night out. Available in sizes 12 to 28.
You’ll get so many compliments on this. Available in sizes 36 to 40.
Suddenly the only thing we want is a windbreaker. Available in sizes 0 to 2.
Wear these in any season. Available in sizes 6 to 10.
So cute for summer. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
These will instantly be a staple in your closet. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
Yes, you need a checked blazer. Available in sizes 2 to 12.
The shape of these is too good. Available in FR 37 to FR 41.
Wear these like any neutral. Available in sizes IT 35 to IT 42.
Wear this when the temperature drops. Available in sizes 2 to 3.

Let us know: Will you be sporting this look over the summer?

A pair of kitten heels will bring polish to any shorts outfit you wear, especially when it’s on the semi-casual side.

We certainly can’t say no to good white ankle boots this summer. Wear yours with a neutral outfit that has a vibrant accent color.

Classic pumps will go well with anything—even a pair of shorts. Keep the look on the dressier side and go for black shorts with a dark top.

Try a unique take on summer sandals and go for a gladiator-inspired heel. Wear it with a black outfit to give yourself an edge of cool.

Windbreakers are the jackets we never knew we needed, and when you’re wearing them with a pair of shorts, they can be dressed up with a pair of heeled ankle boots.

Prefer a loungewear look? Play with the idea of contrast and wear a set of strappy sandals with the look.

For a polished look, wear your shorts with a fitted blazer that’ll give the right amount of balance you’re looking for with your heels.

Keep your look modest on the top since you’re showing a lot of leg with the heels and shorts. Take it up a notch and mix and match your favorite animal prints.

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