During the summer, shorts get upgraded from the bench to the playing field. As they become a main staple, it's important to find the right pair, whether it's for everyday, or a fun night out. If you feel a bit clueless on the short list, check out these top contenders, each one suitable for a different occasion.
Denim shorts are just as essential during the summer as sunblock. Which is why it's crucial to find a pair that are comfy, fashionable, and flattering. These high-rise shorts from Joe's Jeans figure well into those three categories. The classic light-to-medium wash works during the day as much as it does when going out at night, so you will find it merely impossible to take these off. Moderate distressing, coupled with frayed details at the cuffed hem, give these shorts a slightly edgy appeal while the high rise provides a comfortable fit that is very flattering. These comfy shorts are also super versatile as they pair easily with almost anything.
Rock Star Loungewear
Rock an edgy print on your bottom like the chain pattern seen on these Piamita silk shorts.The bold black print stands out against a charming chartreuse hue, resulting in a fun and summery vibe. While the pattern feels playful, these loungewear shorts also manage to look sexy and sophisticated. Pair these silk shorts with a knit sweater and black pumps for a polished finish.
Shake Your Backside
Black shorts are definitely a must piece, and not just for summer, but for all seasons. If you already own a standard black pair, choose one with fashion-forward accents like this studded pair from TopShop. The studded Aztec detailing is modern and city-chic, while the cut is super hot. Perfect for a girl's night out, pair these shorts with a plain t-shirt and a load of accessories. If you find yourself wearing these during the day, make sure you stick to flats, as these shorts can easily venture from sultry to sleazy with the wrong accessories.
Neon lovers will gravitate toward these stretchy denim shorts from Christopher Kane's collaboration with J Brand. This neon pink stretchy pair have an ultra-modern look that is fashionable and fun. Pair these colorful shorts with a plain knit top and gladiator sandals for a stylish look that feels relaxed.
The Skirt Effect
The feminine gal will want to show off her legs in these elegant chiffon Elizabeth and James shorts. Flounced and flared, these shorts can easily be mistaken for a skirt — just don't call them a skort. The blush chiffon feels feminine and subtly sexy while the flouncy silhouette feels elegant and sophisticated. Pair these shorts with a lacy top of the same hue for a romantic look, or with a tailored jacket in a bold color for a more city-chic feel.
Work Your Bottom
Spice up your work wardrobe by incorporating a pair of sharp tailored shorts like these polished ones from Tibi. The minimalist design enables them to work in a professional setting when paired with the right top or blazer. The periwinkle color feels fresh and cool, adding a hip vibe to the tailored fit.
We Wear Pink on Wednesdays
Channel your inner Mean Girls character by wearing pink on Wednesdays, or any other day in the week. These adorable pink shorts from Zara are a great option, and will instantly add color to any plain outfit. The feminine color, tweed texture, and gold hardware give these shorts a polished feel, while the frayed hem supplies a bit of fun. This sweet separate can be paired with solids or prints, as well as with different textures. But you know what's even sweeter? They run under $50.
Sweet or Sexy?
Sexy meets sweet in these lace BB Dakota shorts. On the one hand, the tiered intricate lace coupled with the ivory hue makes for a romantic vibe that feels pretty; on the other, the short hemline coupled with the lacy design make for a sultry combination that is super hot. Work this versatile piece both ways by switching up your tops and accessories. Pair with a blush silk camisole and metallic heels for a sexy finish or with a cotton tank and braided flats for a bohemian-luxe vibe that is casual.