Fashion Clothing 11 Pairs of Shorts to Wear Instead of Denim Cut-Offs By Caroline Vazzana Caroline Vazzana Caroline Vazzana is a NYC-based freelancer and director. She focuses on all things fashion, accessories, and celebrities. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 9, 2016 @ 10:45AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Courtesy We love denim cut-offs. Everyone loves denim cut-offs. They're easy, they're versatile, and they work for nearly every summer occasion (you know, outside of the office, weddings, and other dressy affairs). And while you can dress up a pair of frayed denim shorts, like with a crisp button-down or a pretty off-the-shoulder poplin top, there are times when we just want to up the sophistication. Unfortunately, that doesn't include denim shorts. For a more elevated take on your off-duty summer uniform, we found 11 alternatives to denim, with shorts cut from breezy white lace, soft linens, and embroidered cotton. They're polished and incredibly comfortable—the best of both worlds. Finish the rest of your summer with our favorite finds that will have you saying bye to your blues. 01 of 11 Valentino Courtesy Buy Now Pair these lace shorts with a neutral block-heel sandal for weekend brunch. 02 of 11 River Island Courtesy Buy Now Pack these embroidered shorts for your next tropical getaway. 03 of 11 Chloe Courtesy Buy Now These silk drawstring shorts are ultra comfortable. 04 of 11 Vivienne Westwood Courtesy Buy Now We adore the paperbag waist detail and the polka dot print. 05 of 11 Zara Courtesy Buy Now These belted shorts help accentuate your waist. 06 of 11 Alice & Olivia Courtesy Buy Now Add a luxe touch to any look with these embroidered shorts. 07 of 11 Mango Courtesy Buy Now Give your look a nautical-inspired spin with these high-waist striped shorts. 08 of 11 H&M Courtesy Buy Now Tied with a bow, this style is super sweet and feminine. 09 of 11 Lands' End Courtesy Buy Now Finish your look with a pair of classic stripes. 10 of 11 J. Crew Courtesy Buy Now Add a pop of color to your look with this bright red short. 11 of 11 Topshop Courtesy Buy Now These pom-pom shorts are giving us some serious boho vibes.