This is similar to de-bombshelling a pencil skirt. Wear untucked oversized tops with length over shorts and take out “the sexy”, but look just as alluring. By showcasing a fair amount of leg, forearms or the entire arm, and some collarbone, you also add structure back into the outfit. 

The pictures below showcase de-bombshelled shorts perfectly. Choose roomy classic soft blouses or shirts, perhaps with a high-low hemline. Peasant blouses, oversized silky tees, big tees and bohemian tops with bat wings will also work. And although untucked tops are the way to go, the last photo shows a semi-tucked tunic that covers the shorts at the back. A nice effect.

The shorts here are quite short, but by all means sport lengths that are several inches longer in both denim and non-denim fabrications. But don’t go too long if the shorts are baggy. Opt for a sleeker shorts silhouette or clamdiggers if you’re doing a length on or below the knee.

With baggy shorts below the knee, you’ll probably need to add more structure on top, which is a topic for another day. 

As for the footwear, the world is your oyster. Wear dressy heeled sandals, flat gladiators, booties, pumps, slipper flats, sandal booties, peep toes or thong sandals, depending on whether you want to dress the look up or down.

Finally, a de-bombshelled shorts look straight off the street for further inspiration.  

So who’s going to de-bombshell their shorts? Go on Team Legs! And if you don’t like it for your own style, can you appreciate the look on someone else?

HATCH The Button Down ShirtWillow Illusion TeeJoie Pinot Top

ASOS Shirt With Embellished Collar And Dip Dye

Olive& Oak Jacket, Bellatrix Top and J Brand ShortsFree People Tee & ShortsFree People Tunic, Bandeau & Denim Cutoff Shorts

Zara Stones Embroidered ShortsMango Mini Sequins Shorts

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