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All the cool kids are rocking their high-heeled sneakers, but the stylish women are still sporting the best summer shorts.
Don’t worry, we still adore this year’s hottest jumpsuits, midi dresses and cocktail dresses, but shorts — like your favorite jeans and wide-leg pants — are are staple that everyone needs in their closet for warm weather.
So, we’re bringing you one of the most comprehensive edits yet with 65 shorts that’ll have you comfortable, chic and collected this season. From paperbag shorts to athletic bottoms, we’re wanting to whip out our wallets, too.
Whether you’re looking for some dressy shorts to pair with your comfortable heels or options you can run around in with your white sneakers, you won’t run out of options here.
Shopping for men’s clothing too? Check out our roundup on the best men’s shorts.
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Best Women’s Denim Shorts
1. Levi’s 501 Original Shorts, $30
Levi’s 501 Original Shorts are all the rage, namely for feeling comfortable and seamless in its 99% cotton material. Its legendary straight-fit and subtle fray detailing is characteristic across many washes — all of which you can snag on Amazon.
Wild Fable is a fantastic Target brand. This is due to the fact that its budget-friendly products are available in a wide range of colors and in plus sizes. We enjoy the on-trend high-rise fit, front and back pockets and its 100% cotton material for cool, breezy bottoms you’ll soon live in.
3. Sonoma Goods For Life High-Rise Curvy 5″ Denim ShortsOriginal price: $32
Truthfully, this medium-tone denim wash is just everything to us (not to mention, these shorts are on a fantastic discount at Kohl’s right now). You’ll appreciate its contoured waistband, appeal to your curves and that it’s sustainable, much ado to its recycled polyester-blend design.
4. Eytino Mid-Rise Jean ShortsOriginal price: $33
Hello, florals! Eytino’s Mid-Rise Jean Shorts have a bit of everything: a cool-toned denim flair, patchworks of distressing and, the star of the show, ditsy white and pink floral details that look incredible with your favorite white tee. Plus, they’ll look sweet-as-can-be with some of the best sandals we rounded up.
Let’s hear it for Abercrombie (which is surely having a moment). The brand’s High-Rise 4″ Mom Shorts are available in several washes, all of which contain a subtle raw-cut hem that instantly transports us to a beach or boardwalk. Not to mention, its vintage stretch fabric is buttery-smooth and one you’ll want to sport all season long.
Simple and chic, Lulus’ Olivia Distressed Ultra High-Rise Denim Mom Shorts are the less-than-$50 pair your wardrobe is waiting for. With one of our top bodysuits, the five-pocket, hidden button fly, and delicate distressing will all look great.
7. Everlane The Relaxed ’90s Short, $68
For classic, well-made denim, you can’t skip Everlane. Specifically, its Relaxed ’90s Short features that traditional mid-rise we all know and love, a relaxed structure and an all-around premium organic cotton fabric. It also comes in a deeper shade of indigo if you need two staples for your wardrobe.
8. BlankNYC Tied Waist Short, $88
Ah, paperbag shorts — how we love you. BlankNYC’s Tied Waist Short is the supreme mix of quality, affordability and style, offering a cult-favorite acid wash print that looks absolutely divine with a black, seamless top — like Commando’s Ballet Racerback Bodysuit ($98) — and one of this year’s best nude heels.
9. Madewell Denim Yoke Shorts, $88
Make your denim shorts more detailed. Madewell’s Denim Yoke Shorts fit the bill of transforming your outfit from a B to an A, namely for the pair’s A-line fit, back-in-time college yearbook style and nonstretch, marble wash. Plus, they’ll look iconic with the brand’s Kickoff Trainer SneakersWe love the price of $98
Taking a note from our personal wardrobe, Princess Polly’s Open Road Denim Paperbag Shorts are (1) one of our most-worn pairs and (2) the easiest to toss on over your favorite swim bottoms or to wear with a solid crop top. You’ll be glad you did.
Best Women’s Bermuda Shorts
1. J.Crew Mid-Length Denim Short, $80
J.Crew has a lot to be grateful for, the Mid-Length Denim Short being one of them. From its natural tone to its 100% cotton make, they’ll soon become one of your most-loved pairs in your drawer. Oh, and they’re some of the best to transition into summer with.
2. Pistola Kelly 90s Skater Short, $118
The 90s are calling and they want their shorts back. Pistola’s Kelly 90s Skater Short is that beautifully crafted bermuda shorts that gives you optimal coverage without looking too off-trend. The heavy shredding at both the hems and the legs makes it easy to stay in the sun.
3. Pilcro Breaker Denim Shorts, $90
Pilcro’s Breaker Denim Shorts are giving us the cutest Peter Pan vibes (in the best way possible). The pair is less than $100 at Anthropologie and makes styling easy, especially when paired together with your favorite denim jacket or work tote.
4. Frame High-Rise Denim Bermuda Shorts, $225
For a wash that couldn’t be more spot-on to cool-toned blue, Frame’s High-Rise Denim Bermuda Shorts are that nifty, splurge-worthy find we have to put on your radar. They are a great choice for all seasons thanks to their silver-toned hardware, belt loops, and the divine combination of fraying & fading.
5. LOFT Monroe Chino Bermuda Shorts, $50
For a modest and polished look, you can’t go wrong with LOFT’s Monroe Chino Bermuda Shorts. They’re fairly priced at $50, come in an array of versatile colors and look impeccable with your favorite fine jewelry pieces.
Take your khaki pants, slash them in half and voila — you have L.L.Bean’s Wrinkle-Free Bayside Shorts. They’re great for any type of wear, from casual walks to evening dinners, and the bottoms come in a bunch of neutral colors and plus sizes, too.
7. Charter Club Pull-On Bermuda Shorts, $37 Original Price: $50
Indulge in all-day comfort with Charter Club’s Pull-On Bermuda Shorts. The pair is available in pink, olive, and other stunning colors. They are a classic because of their comfortable fabric and knee-length silhouette.
8. Zella Getaway Bermuda Shorts, $55
Bermuda shorts can be sportier or more relaxed. Zella’s Getaway Bermuda Shorts are the $55 bottoms your wardrobe has been missing. Its recycled polyester blend material, elastic waist and subtle flow at the hem are just three reasons why we’re adding them to our wishlists.
9. SHEIN Pleated Shorts, $14
Are you looking for shorts that have a designer edge? SHEIN’s Pleated Shorts give the illusion of Gucci or Fendi all for the budget-friendly price of $14. Not to mention, it’s a structured fit that will garner plenty of compliments.
10. St. John’s Bay Mid-Rise 11″ Denim Bermuda ShortsOriginal price: $21
With St. John’s Bay Mid-Rise 11″ Denim Bermuda Shorts, you won’t have to question if the classic pair is too short. These roll-ups, now at 21 dollars, are made to last. They are also available in fun colors, such as peach and turquoise, that are great for warmer weather.
Best Women’s Basketball Shorts
1. Nike Sportswear Fleece Shorts, $60
We know what you’re thinking — fleece in the summer? Hear us out — we’re all about the cozy shorts all-year-round, from serving as your go-to piece of loungewear to keeping you warm and collected in near-freezing gyms and exercise spaces. Oh, and that Bikini Bottom-esque lavender print?
2. Under Armour Golazo 2.0 Shorts, $20
As one of Amazon’s favorite selects, Under Armour’s Golazo 2.0 Shorts are the pair to snag if you crave a super breathable fit. From running laps to shooting hoops, you’ll love this $20 pair that also comes in navy, red, royal blue and white.
3. Nike Swoosh Fly Basketball Shorts, $19, Original Price: $50
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These sporty, seamless, shiny swoosh shorts have a satiny swoosh design. Nike sure knew what’s up when designing this pair; with a stretchy, oversized band, how can you pass this comfortable, lightweight pair up?
4. Baleaf 7″ Athletic Workout Shorts, $30
Baleaf’s 7″ Athletic Workout Shorts are, remarkably, one of the most versatile pairs of basketball shorts we found. With nearly 5,000 positive reviews on Amazon, they’re perfect for improving your sports skills or diving into your most relaxing yoga flow (perhaps with a yoga mat).
5. Adidas Candace Basketball ShortsOriginal price: $40
Looking for that cutting-edge athletic pair that’s bound to match with one of our best running sneakers? Adidas has you covered with its striking blood-orange pair that’s bound to turn heads on the court. Plus, its drawstring waistband is what everyone’s looking for.
For basketball shorts that aren’t super long, lululemon’s Evergreen 4.5″ High-Rise Short fits the bill. The colorblock-designed pair is less than $75, is made from water-repellant fabric and is specifically designed for being on the move (whether that’s basketball or running errands).
7. Nike Dri-Fit Crossover Shorts, $45
Nike’s Dri-Fit Crossover Shorts are, undoubtedly, the poster bottoms for basketball shorts. We love the combination between black and peach, but this pair is less than $50 and comes in an all-black color if you prefer solid-toned basketball pants.
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Not only for its maroon and white combo, but we love Under Armour’s Baseline 6.75″ Basketball Shorts for its chic style (we’re sure Olympians have this in their wardrobes, if we’re being honest). They have a flattering hemline.
9. Liberty Quick-Dry Athletic 5″ Mesh Shorts (5-Pack), $45
You can buy five pairs of basketball shorts for the price of one. Available in an assortment of colors (one for every evening workout after your 9-to-5, too), Liberty’s Quick-Dry Mesh Shorts are that easy-breezy, toss-on fit that’ll take you through the summer (and beyond!) Comfort and style.
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Nike’s Dri-Fit Shorts, embossed in a quality material and gorgeous gray shade, is one we recommend picking up ASAP. Nike shorts are only $35 and we love that the waistband is supportive, stretchy, and comfortable.
Best Women’s Bike Shorts
1. TNNZEET 8″ Buttery Soft Bker Shorts (3-Pack), $16
Good value! If you’re looking for buttery soft biker shorts that are less than $20, you’re in luck. With this fan-favorite pair, you’re receiving three bottoms shipped to your door that are seamlessly designed (with tummy-control in mind, too).
2. Alo Yoga High-Waist Biker Short, $40. Original price: $50
As one of our favorite biker shorts, Alo Yoga’s High-Waist Biker Short comes in a splendid selection of colors — including that much-desired black — though we adore this berry color. With a thick waistband and flattering fit, you’ll want to snatch a few of these.
If we could write lululemon’s Wunder Train 6″ High-Rise Short a love letter, we would. Keep in mind that these run a bit small, but if you don’t mind shimmy-ing into these, they fit like a glove. Plus, they’re super stretchy and divine for workouts of any kind.
Did someone say biker pants for less than $10? That’s right, Wild Fable’s High-Rise Bike Shorts come in black, gray and more colors at Target — all of which have a sought-after soft feel and high-rise waistband that contours with your body to move with you. Pick them up in every color — it’ll still be less than $50!
5. Free People Hot Shot Bike Shorts, $30
We’re floored that Free People has a dreamy pair of biker shorts for just $30. Great for barre class or frolicking around your home on a weekend, its Hot Shot style comes in a vast variety of colors and feel like a second skin when you’re wearing them.
We love all shorts, but a pair with built-in pockets is more popular. In a generous size range from XXS to XXL, they’re especially great for running and hug in all the right areas.
7. Offline by Aerie Real Me Xtra Pocket Bike ShortOriginal price: $40
Are you looking for flattering shorts for bikers? Offline by Aerie’s Real Me Xtra Pocket Bike Short is like none other, simply because its crossover detailing — just like its massively followed Crossover Super Flare Legging ($41) — is something we rave about IRL. Trust us — buy the pair.
8. Beach Riot Bike Short, $84
We love the unique print on Beach Riot’s Bike Short, especially for coming with a paired Anna TankMake it a matching set by adding $88 It can be styled with APL’s Techloom Breeze Sneaker($220) and a few layers of Benefit Cosmetics’ Roller Lash Curling Mascara ($27) and you’ll be all set to be on-the-go in style.
9. Everlane The Seamless Bike Short, $40
Impressively, Everlane’s well-made Seamless Bike Short is just $40, and we love its basic, quality fit. We are awestruck by the flattering extra-high rise, comfortable ribbed waistband, and the combination of organic cotton with recycled nylon.
We stole inspiration directly from Elle Woods’ closet with Beyond Yoga’s High-Waisted Biker Shorts. They’ll be your favorite punchy color in your closet, especially when styled with Madeworn’s Rolling Stones Tee ($165) and Nike’s dazzling Crater Impact Sneaker ($100).
Best Women’s Linen Shorts
1. Anftfh Drawstring Elastic waist Shorts, $15
With nearly 2,500 positive ratings on Amazon, Anftfh’s Drawstring Elastic-Waist Shorts are a steal for just $15. They are available in a variety of colors and we love the subtle pocket detailing and casual-leaning tie waistband. Plus, they’re 100% cotton (a comfy bonus).
We love any excuse to bring us to the tropics, and Lulus’ Relax and Recharge Paperbag-Waist Shorts do just that. This pair of blue and white shorts is less than $50 and features two front diagonal pockets, a marbled top button, and a hidden zip fly. It’s one of the most adorable summertime purchases you can make.
Sometimes, linen shorts can be too thin or ill-fitting, but you won’t have to worry about that with Abercrombie’s 6″ Linen-Blend Tailored Shorts. This well-constructed pair is perfect for a beach or lakeside dinner.
4. Farm Rio Embroidered Shorts, $128
Holy, cuteness — we absolutely need these shorts for summer (they may or may not be in our carts). Treat yourself to Farm Rio’s Embroidered Shorts for the most precious palm tree-detailing known to man. Its subtle paperbag charm and faint feminine detailing make us swoon, if we’re being honest.
Are you looking for a pair of shorts that are fun and stylish? Knox Rose’s Mid-Rise Paperbag Shorts are sweet-as-can-be, especially for less than $25, and have that vintage, unique charm we’re constantly on the lookout for. It comes in other colors and prints as well.
6. Heartloom Delaney Short, $89
We deem Heartloom’s Delaney Short a double-whammy: they’re great to wear for an oceanside luncheon and to serve as a beach cover-up you’ll always have in your beach bag. For accessorizing, pick up Poolside’s Disco Ball Pearl Wristlet($265) Ray-Ban’s Aviator Flash SunglassesFor unbeatable adds, spend $179
7. Madewell Hiking Shorts, $65
Madewell labels this pair fit for hiking, but we think they’re that universal staple you should have on hand and on rotation in your wardrobe. As one of the brand’s best-sellers, its generous size range and roomy, mesh-lined pockets make them a great purchase for the sunshine.
8. Lulus Daily Adventures Paperbag-Waist ShortsOriginal price: $44
If there’s one color that’ll never go out of style, it’s mustard yellow. Lulus’ Daily Adventures Paperbag-Waist Shorts have that bow-tie, easy-breezy fit we love and are great if you want to spice up the muted-down neutral shorts you already own. The subtle hem and rolled pleats add a nice touch.
Invest in L’Agence’s Hillary Linen Paperbag Shorts for a sophisticated take on tried-and-true linen. With your favorite clear lip gloss, cherished spring jacket for brisk evenings and a designer clutch, you’ll be turning heads.
10. J.Crew Pull-On Linen Short, $60
J.Crew nails it with its best-selling Pull-On Linen Short. These essential bottoms cost $60 and are basically a pair of PJ shorts. You’ll love just how breathable and versatile they are too, giving you more bang for your buck.
Best Women’s Chino Shorts
1. Lee Regular-Fit Chino Walkshort for $23
As one of the most sought-after brands for women’s shorts, Lee is unbeatable for its simple pairs in stunning colors. Regular-Fit Chino Walkshorts made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex are comfortable, flattering, and suitable for all.
2. LOFT Monroe 6″ Chino Shorts, $50
LOFT is a leader in petite styles, especially, though its Monroe 6″ Chino Shorts also come in a curvy fit type. We’re all heart eyes for this muted lime tone, which we deem ideal for casual Fridays, urban lunch dates and more. The other colors are just as beautiful.
3. J.Crew 4″ Stretch Chino Short, $60
Take things up a notch in J.Crew’s 4″ Stretch Chino Short (aka, the mothership of chino shorts). For $60, see what the rave is all about (we’ll give you a few hints: its vast color selection and comfortable design with a hint of stretch. Also, shop J.Crew’s Spring Sale for even more summer-ready picks.
For just $20, we couldn’t resist adding A New Day’s High-Rise Poplin Shorts to our exclusive edit. Available in regular and plus sizes, Target is offering somewhat of a utility-style fit that’s also flexible and flattering on any body type.
5. Maeve Micro Mini Shorts, $90
Sometimes, buying patterned pants is just a way to increase your serotonin. Lovingly listed for less than $100, Maeve’s Micro Mini Shorts are one of Anthropologie’s finest fashions, elevating your dinnertime cocktail look in an instant. Plus, it’s dynamite when styled with some of the best statement jewelry you can snag.
We love white shorts so much, we tried several pairs (including trousers) in a tell all review. INC International Concepts’ Curvy Pull-On Mid-Rise Shorts are ones we have on deck to recommend, featuring a perfect length for any age and four other versatile hues to style.
Lauded for being Everlane’s highest-rise yet, its Way-High Canvas Short is a signature pair to steal before the summer season. With pockets at the sides and at the back, you’ll love how practical they are, too (and how comfortable — thanks, 97% cotton!)
8. BDG Blair Chino Short, $55
Periwinkle is in, and we’re surely out (to buy this pair, that is). BDG is one of Urban Outfitters’ beloved collections, with its Blair Chino Short no exception. We love its relaxed fit and 100% cotton make.
9. Amazon Essentials Stretch 5″ Shorts, $24
Perfect to easily toss on, Amazon Essentials’ Stretch 5″ Shorts are just shy of $25 and are a bit of a sportier take on your classic chinos. We love this aqua color the best, but the retailer’s in-house brand also has other neutrals and moody colors to choose from.
10. Derek Lam 10 Crosby Mika Snap Shorts, $325
Stunning for its subtle flow at the hem and adorable accents at the waist, Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s Mika Snap Shorts are an investment, but worthwhile. If you’re on the market for that creamy, dreamy nude pair, this is the only one you’ll ever need.
Best Women’s Leather Shorts
As one of our favorite pairs we’re excited to style this summer, BlankNYC’s Faux Leather Paperbag-Waist Short is one of the best value shorts we came across, notably for its trendy belt and universally loved texture. With Anine Bing’s best-selling Eva Tank($79) Sam Edelman’s Black Kia Sandal ($140), you’re golden.
2. Dallns Faux Leather Shorts, $18
We’re over-the-moon that we found Dalln’s Faux Leather Shorts; for just $18, this delightful espresso brown color is just the perfect treat to spice up your summertime outfit. Don’t worry — if black is what you’re after, you’re in luck, as the flattering pair comes in these two shades.
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Simple, precious and well-made all define Jonathan Simkhai’s Mari Belted Vegan Leather Shorts. From tis exaggerated, loopy bow to the unmatched feel, you’re looking at a pair that’s designer-backed and ready to be Instagrammed.
4. Abercrombie 6″ Vegan Leather Tailored ShortsOriginal price: $60
Keep in mind that Abercrombie’s 6″ Vegan Leather Tailored Shorts run a bit large, but they’re still a large hit in our eyes (see what we did there)? We’re obsessed with soft vegan fabric any chance we can find it and, when coupled with immaculate pleating and included pockets, we’re even more in love.
5. Vintage High-Waist Faux Leather Shorts, $15 Original Price: $19
These Vintage High-Waist Faux Leather Shorts offer the illusion of leather but are affordable. It instantly completes any outfit with its designer-like feel and silver button detailing.
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