In a parallel universe, the unofficial start to summer is being beckoned in by rooftop drinks, out-of-town escapades, and a new slew of seasonal trends to try out this weekend. But in this dimension, sweatshorts have replaced denim shorts, face masks are the new It bag, and linen is practically considered formal wear. While you may not be venturing any further than your backyard this weekend (if you're lucky enough to have one), putting together a semblance of a summer outfit might help you mentally escape to that summer destination you've been dreaming of. Here's how to get there without breaking a sweat. 

The Dolphin Shorts.
Nostalgia helps millenials cope, right? Lean into feelings of familiarity in a pair of dolphin-cut sweatshorts and retro sneakers. Then, add a button-up and a printed tote bag to remind yourself that you are, technically, an adult.
SHORTS Ninety Percent, $57 SHIRT Onia, $40 HAT Amazon, $9 SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban, $123 EARRINGS Missoma, $167 TOTE Sporty & Rich, $60 SNEAKERS New Balance, $175 FACEMASK Cotton Citizen, $28
The Denim Shorts.
If you still recall how to operate a button fly (I, for one, cannot), consider showing your favorite pair of denim shorts some love. Adding a summer-y blouse or tank might be asking you to operate at full capacity too soon, so keep things casual with a menswear knit and sleek sandals instead.
SHORTS AGOLDE, $140 TOP Abercrombie, $55 EARRINGS Missoma, $97 SUNGLASSES Washington Sunglasses, $60 TOTE Naghedi, $240 SANDALS Mango, $80 FACEMASK GRLFRND, $14
The Tie-Dye Shorts.
You might as well wear your tie-dye creations and purchases head-to-toe for as long as it's socially acceptable. FYI—as long as we're in the summer of love lockdown, tie-dye is acceptable.
SHORTS Terry, $150 TOP Terry, $135 SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban, $123 SOCKS Parks Project, $14 SNEAKERS Nike, $90 FACEMASK Urban Outfitters, $12 
The Linen Shorts.
Inch yourself closer to a real summer outfit in a pair of classic linen shorts. While they keep you comfortable and cool, add a cropped bra top and playful accessories to keep them looking fresh. 
SHORTS Reformation, $128 SWEATSHIRT Giu Giu, $225 TOP Old Navy, $22 NECKLACES Lili Claspe, $132 SUNGLASSES DIFF Eyewear, $95 TOTE Baggu, $12 SLIDES Vagabond, $90 FACEMASK Etsy, $14 
The Soffe Shorts.
For $5 a pair, why not bring the original loungewear shorts back? Size up and wear them high-waisted, then force anyone who allowed you to wear them low-waisted in middle school to apologize.
SHORTS Soffe, $5 SHIRT H&M, $18 BIKINI Same Swim, $46 SUNGLASSES Poppy Lissiman, $115 HAT Amazon, $10 TOTE Paravel, $255 SHOES Vans, $60 FACEMASK Standard Issue, $20 

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