Just like flatforms, glossy lips and all our other favorite Y2K fashion trends, skorts are officially back en vogue. And we’re not surprised—it was only a small step to make from the trendy pleated tennis skirts we bought in spring to a skirt/shorts combo. Plus, the addition of hidden shorts greatly reduces our anxiety over a swift summer breeze coming along and putting on a show. Unlike the skorts of our past, the 2021 trend generally falls into two categories: super sporty or sleek and sophisticated. Many don’t even really look like skorts unless you go to show off the shorts underneath to friend like a fun new variation on “thanks, it has pockets!” Read on to see how four stylish women are making this trend work for summer with lots of chic options to follow, plus one skort silhouette that’s best left in the past.

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1. Pair a Pleated Style With Crisp Basics

Pleated skirts and skorts are big right now, but they can all too easily look veer into prep school uniform territory. The easiest way to make this silhouette look grown up and chic, rather than like you’re emulating the new cast of Gossip Girl, is with sleek, simple basics and luxe accessories. A black crewneck tee and fresh white kicks combined with simple gold chain necklaces, stud earrings and a chain-strap crossbody should do just the trick.

Shop similar styles: Everlane T-shirt ($18); AUrate necklace ($380); Collusion skort ($40); Coach bag ($395); Nike sneakers ($90)

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2. Elevate a Mini With Shades of Beige and Camel

Because they have shorts built in, skorts are often much shorter than the skirts you may feel comfortable in. If you’re worried those shorter hems will leave you looking juvenile or like you’re still sporting last weekend’s party outfit, try sticking to only warm neutral hues, like beige, camel or chocolate brown. These shades tend to look more expensive than bright colors or dainty florals, and you can help that luxe vibe along by choosing fabrics that do the same, like suede, cashmere or silk.

Shop similar styles: Bella Dahl blouse ($128); In The Style x Saffron Barker skort ($34; $24); Madewell sandals ($60)