Who Wears Short Shorts? We Do!
For some women, the prospect of donning a pair of shorts is about as daunting as that of baring their midriffs in a skimpy two-piece after a downright gluttonous meal. The wrong pair of shorts can make squat legs appear stubbier, call attention to stick-thin and formless legs, hug fleshy thighs so tight they wind up resembling ham hocks, and reveal the bulges, veiny surfaces, and puckered skin women work so tirelessly to conceal.
Luckily, we’re no longer living in an era where our only style alternatives consist of khaki bermuda shorts or frayed denim cut-offs, nor are we restricted in terms of fabrics, cuts, and colors. These days, we an pick from a broad range of styles — from punchy, bright denim pieces to gauzy drawstring shorts; dressy, trouser-like numbers with cuffed hems; high-waisted pieces with on-trend tribal and floral patterns; and safari-flavored cargo styles.
Below, check out some of the pieces that have us ready to flaunt our stems!
Anna Sui Ethno Print Shorts, $145. Available at MyTheresa.com
Bohemian style empress Anna Sui nailed the global nomad look with these black-and-white shorts, which feature a vaguely tribal striped print, a sash-like waistband, and an understated drape detail down the front.
ADAM Turn-Up Cotton-Blend Shorts, $102.50. Available at TheOutnet.com
Brighter than Lemonhead candies, these cotton-blend shorts feature slim, turned-up cuffs, belt loops, and pleats along each side. Pair these with a printed cami and a blazer, and you’ve got a day-to-night ensemble worthy of a mid-summer night’s dream.
Topshop Hot Pink Floral Print Shorts, $70. Available at US.Topshop.com
Resembling a playful skirt, these hot pink shorts feature a whimsical floral print, a bell-like cut that flares as you move down the thigh, pleats along the center of each leg, and ribbon piping along the waist.
Reiss Mallory Double Draped Shorts in Khaki Print, $129. Available at Reiss.com
The Mallory may be a short style, but it’s long in style. These ultra-feminine, khaki-and-black printed shorts feature double draping at the front, slouchy pockets on either side, and a structured waistband panel to accentuate your natural shape.
French Connection Magnolia Moments Shorts, $110. Available at USA.FrenchConnection.com
Have you scoffed when people have spoken of integrating shorts into a dresser look? Not so fast! These ivory-colored French Connection shorts look like office-ready trousers that were altered with the utmost attention to detail so as to preserve their elegance and poise, the air of sophistication accomplished via a wide-leg cut, pleat details, turned-up cuffs, and side-slit pockets.
Roxy Nomad Shorts, $44.50. Available at Roxy.com
Though they look like they’re made of washed and bleached denim, these itsy-bitsy shorts were fabricated using 100% cotton, double-layer gauze, ensuring that you’ll stay nice and cool regardless of your summer romp destination. The real selling point, however, is the all-over discharge print, with its hodgepodge of patterned stripes, each of which features geometric shapes like concentric triangles, hollow diamond forms, and ladder-like bars.
J Brand Cut-Off Rigid-Denim Shorts, $165. Available at Net-a-porter.com
Colored denim is all the rage, but who wants to rock a pair of neon orange or crimson red jeans on a hellishly humid day? With these low-rise cut-offs from J Brand, you can turn up the temperature in any room — without burning up yourself.
Alice + Olivia Printed Butterfly Short in Leopard, $118.80. Available at Singer22.com
With these printed silk shorts, you can flaunt your spots with as much confidence as the leopards that inspired their creation.
J. Crew Boardwalk Cargo Short, $19.95. Available at JCrew.com
If you’re looking for a simple style in a lively color, you’ll love these jade green shorts from J.Crew, which feature a chino-like waistband and square cargo pockets along the front.
Old Navy Women’s Tie-Belt Shorts, $9.97 at OldNavy.com
These Army green shorts are sturdy and functional, but the broad ribbon belt softens the design, infusing it with a dose of effortless femininity.
Topshop MOTO Floral Print Hotpants. Available at US.Topshop.com
These snug, microscopic, purple denim shorts will accentuate your caboose and hips, while the cherry blossom-like floral print camouflages and slims your overall silhouette.
Splendid Cut-Off Shorts, $78. Available at Net-a-porter.com
Embrace your inner Jem with these bubblegum pink denim shorts from Splendid, which feature frayed edges for an even greater ’80s throwback feel.
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Striped Shorts, $89. Availabe at MyTheresa.com
Ella Moss Sage Drawstring Waist Shorts, $145. Available at Stylebop.com
Unlike traditional cargo-style shorts, which can feel stiff and starchy, these cotton-silk blend drawstring shorts exude a more relaxed vibe without sacrificing the military-meets-safari overtones or the emphasis on functionality (hence the bellows pockets).
Roxy Sun Day Shorts, $34.50. Available at Roxy.com
These 100% cotton shorts feel extremely lightweight, making them an ideal alternative for the dog days of summer, when the prospect of wearing something other than flip-flops an graphic tees is unfathomable. The fabric crinkles a bit, adding to the laid-back vibe created by the elastic waist and drawstring tie, which is itself accentuated with metal beads on each end. Earthy vertical stripes in olive brown, deep purple, wine red, emerald green, and sunflower yellow give these gauzy shorts greater versatility.