We remember a time when shorts were a bit of an afterthought—they were useful when you needed them but nothing more. There were gym shorts, bike shorts, and denim cut-offs, and that was about it. And with so few options that fit too few women, it’s no wonder that a lot of us skipped them altogether.
Well, we’re happy to report that the shorts category has blown up in a big way. They’re being made in a variety of colors and fabrications, in a myriad of lengths, and are meant to be paired with everything from concert T-shirts and sneakers to heels and a blazer (yup, a shorts situation could be your new summer suit).
Our advice? Leave the shorty shorts to the under-20 set, and get yourself a grown-up pair. Here are our picks for shorts that are short enough to keep you cool in the heat but long enough to keep the jiggly bits under wraps.
Warm weather, here we come.
Shorts: COS ($89); Tank: Banana Republic ($30); Button-Up: COS ($120); Shoes: Thursday ($129); Bag: Lululemon ($58); Sunglasses: Anine Bing ($200); Bracelet: Open Edit ($22.50); Earrings: Mejuri ($48); Blush: Westman Atelier ($48)
Shorts: Weekend Max Mara ($265); Blazer: Banana Republic ($230); Tank: J.Crew ($79.50); Shoes: Kate Spade ($206) or Seychelles ($115); Purse: DeMellier ($460); Sunglasses: Bottega Veneta ($430); Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury ($25)
Old Navy. The high waist and burnt sienna hue elevate the ordinary.
Banana Republic. The ultra-high waist and pleated front could mean these are office (or evening out) appropriate.
Spanx. From the folks who built an empire out of shape wear comes a short (and waistband) that fits to perfection. Insider tip? Size up in Spanx.
COS. The orange hue puts the fun in summer, and the high, elasticized waist prioritizes comfort. Looking for something neutral? This also comes in white, black, and beige.
Banana Republic. The longer length in a fluid linen fabric puts these on our luxe list. A wide waist band is super flattering.
Ralph Lauren. The relaxed fit, fluid fabric, and wear-with-all khaki color make these a no-brainer.
Akris Punto. If you like a little pattern play, you’ll love these full-leg, pleated, striped beauties.
Grey/Ven. The perfect Bermuda length that’ll look as good paired with a T-shirt as they would with a white button down and blazer.
Weekend Max Mara. Fitted through the waist and hips with an A-line leg shape, these shorts are oh so flattering, especially on curves and athletic legs.
Weekend Max Mara. A classic trouser shape, in a shorts version, featuring the color of the moment: lavender.
Loft. We’d call these skinny Bermuda shorts, and we like-y. Got great gams? Show them off (while keeping it classy) in these.
Ann Taylor. If you’ve got long, thin legs, these narrow Bermuda shorts are for you.
Vince. A great, skinny option if you’re short-waisted.
Marina Rinaldi. Where plus meets luxury. The long length will take these from day to night (with a heel) in a jiffy.
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