Trends come and go, but shorts will forever be a summertime staple. This time last year, we saw a return of the Mom short on the streets as well as a brand-new trend: stretchy bike shorts. This season, however, the shorts we really want are inspired by the runways, from tropical board shorts (à la Dries Van Noten and Chloé) to itty-bitty denim shorts like the ones we saw at Saint Laurent. You can even wear shorts with a suit to the office (if your office has a relaxed dress code, that is), or dress up a pair of silky shorts for a night on the town.
Below, we found 36 pairs of shorts so good, you’ll forget all about last year’s midi skirts.
- Denim Daze
- Eve Denim Leo High-Rise Denim Shorts
- Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978 Baggy Denim Shorts
- Saint Laurent Baggy Short Western Deep Vintage Blue
- Hudson Jeans Sloane Long Cut-Off Shorts
- Grlfrnd Denim Cindy Distressed Denim Shorts
- 1822 Longline Denim Shorts
- Meet the Trouser Short
- See By Chloé Long Bermuda Shorts
- Tibi James Menswear Check Pleated Shorts
- Theory Pleated Shorts
- Mango Striped Cyclist Bermuda
- Scotch & Soda/Maison Scotch Tailored Shorts
- Rejina Pyo Renee Faux-Leather Shorts
- Hang Ten!
- Maje Printed Satin Shorts
- Monse Striped Canvas Shorts
- Staud Coconut Short In Pistachio
- 3.1 Phillip Lim Patchwork Shorts
- Parosh Contrast-Stitch Shorts
- Victoria Victoria Beckham Printed Satin Shorts
- Not Your Dad’s Cargo Short
- Citizens of Humanity Leah Twill Boyfriend Shorts
- Ganni Belted Quilted Shell Shorts
- Sportmax Osanna Gathered Shorts
- Isabel Marant Pleated Cargo Shorts
- Proenza Schouler PSWL Drawstring-Waist Parachute Shorts
- Loewe Cotton-Twill Cargo Shorts
- Statement Spandex
- Nanushka Biker Short
- Stella McCartney Floral Cycling Shorts
- Melampo Floral-Print Cycling Shorts
- H&M Jersey Cycling Shorts
- MSGM Sheer Floral Bike Short
- Onzie Tie-Dye Bike Shorts
- Beach Comber
- Anine Bing Diane Shorts
- Jacquemus Arcancia Short
- Zimmermann Bandana Print Shorts
- Dodo Bar Or Gloria Gingham Cotton Shorts
- Nanushka Naila Shorts
- M Missoni Knitted Shorts
- Stylish Summer Shorts for Women: Must-Have Vacation Essentials
- Summer Shorts for Women
- Table Of Contents
- Best Options For Summer Shorts
- Should I wear shorts?
- What’s the best fabric for summer shorts?
- Summer Shorts Comparison Chart
- How to Pack Travel Shorts
- The best shorts for women
- Check out our other women’s style buying guides
Channel your inner Daisy Duke with a pair of up-to-there “jorts.” If you’re into the cut-off look, you can DIY any pair by cutting them off with a pair of scissors.
Photographed by Acielle / Style Du Monde
Eve Denim Leo High-Rise Denim Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $250 Shop Now
Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978 Baggy Denim Shorts
FARFETCH $182 Shop Now
Saint Laurent Baggy Short Western Deep Vintage Blue
SAINT LAURENT $616 Shop Now
Hudson Jeans Sloane Long Cut-Off Shorts
NORDSTROM $165 Shop Now
Grlfrnd Denim Cindy Distressed Denim Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $150 Shop Now
1822 Longline Denim Shorts
NORDSTROM $39 Shop Now
Meet the Trouser Short
Need some help with summer work outfits? Cue: the trouser short. Its not-so-short silhouette lends a sense of appropriateness for the workplace, and in classic plaids, pinstripes, or khaki, the effect isn’t that far off from a traditional suit.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ACIELLE / STYLE DU MONDE
See By Chloé Long Bermuda Shorts
FARFETCH $250 Shop Now
Tibi James Menswear Check Pleated Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $425 Shop Now
Theory Pleated Shorts
NORDSTROM $275 Shop Now
Mango Striped Cyclist Bermuda
MANGO $50 $46 Shop Now
Scotch & Soda/Maison Scotch Tailored Shorts
SHOPBOP $148 Shop Now
Rejina Pyo Renee Faux-Leather Shorts
NORDSTROM $510 $306 Shop Now
Board shorts are destined to be summer’s hottest “weekend” style. You can style them high on your waist or slung low on the hips, depending on your preference, and in bright tropical prints or bold stripes, all you need is a T-shirt and sandals to complete the look.
Photographed by Acielle / Style Du Monde
Maje Printed Satin Shorts
NET-A-PORTER $190 $114 Shop Now
Monse Striped Canvas Shorts
FARFETCH $456 Shop Now
Staud Coconut Short In Pistachio
STAUD $185 Shop Now
3.1 Phillip Lim Patchwork Shorts
SHOPBOP $395 $277 Shop Now
Parosh Contrast-Stitch Shorts
FARFETCH $186 Shop Now
Victoria Victoria Beckham Printed Satin Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $385 Shop Now
Not Your Dad’s Cargo Short
If you love utilitarian pieces like carpenter pants, boilersuits, and mechanic jackets, the next item on your list should be a pair of cargo shorts. Thanks to designers like Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, the deep-pocketed style has lately gotten some stylish tweaks, like bungee cord belts, metallic buckles, and exposed zippers.
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Citizens of Humanity Leah Twill Boyfriend Shorts
NORDSTROM $178 Shop Now
Ganni Belted Quilted Shell Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $315 $189 Shop Now
Sportmax Osanna Gathered Shorts
FARFETCH $269 $200 Shop Now
Isabel Marant Pleated Cargo Shorts
FARFETCH $600 Shop Now
Proenza Schouler PSWL Drawstring-Waist Parachute Shorts
NORDSTROM $275 $165 Shop Now
Loewe Cotton-Twill Cargo Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $1,250 Shop Now
With decorative patterns like paisleys and tie-dyes, this summer’s bike shorts will make your plain black pair feel just a little bit boring. Now’s the time to go bold with spandex that makes a statement.
Photo: Getty Images
Nanushka Biker Short
FORWARD $280 Shop Now
Stella McCartney Floral Cycling Shorts
FARFETCH $650 Shop Now
Melampo Floral-Print Cycling Shorts
FARFETCH $102 $71 Shop Now
H&M Jersey Cycling Shorts
H&M $10 Shop Now
MSGM Sheer Floral Bike Short
REVOLVE $170 Shop Now
Onzie Tie-Dye Bike Shorts
NEIMAN MARCUS $54 Shop Now
From hot summer days to hot summer nights, these shorts work just as well for a beach vacation as they do a night a the tiki bar. Pair these knit and gingham shorts with a bikini top during the day, then throw on a T-shirt or silk button-down after sunset.
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Anine Bing Diane Shorts
FARFETCH $169 Shop Now
Jacquemus Arcancia Short
FORWARD $220 Shop Now
Zimmermann Bandana Print Shorts
FARFETCH $409 Shop Now
Dodo Bar Or Gloria Gingham Cotton Shorts
MODA OPERANDI $155 $93 Shop Now
Nanushka Naila Shorts
FARFETCH $309 $260 Shop Now
M Missoni Knitted Shorts
FARFETCH $393 $311 Shop Now
Stylish Summer Shorts for Women: Must-Have Vacation Essentials
Think shorts are only for the beach? Think again! These stylish summer shorts for women will take you from day to night, city to sea, and so much more! Read this post to choose from a wide variety of styles (and lengths, too)!
Summer Shorts for Women
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While you may not want to wear shorts for a city trip, they’re ideal for travels to beach destinations. Take a look at the next section where you can find these and even more vacation-friendly wardrobe options!
Best Options For Summer Shorts
Roxy Oceanside Beach Short
Lightweight and Packable Shorts
In my never-ending quest to pack light, I obsess with the lightest and most packable fabrics. When it comes to wearing shorts for summer, women travelers need cotton, rayon, and viscose for summer travel fabrics. These fabrics also help keep the bulk and weight of your suitcase to a minimum.
I’m always on the lookout for cute summer shorts for women, like these that don’t add any weight to my luggage but they pack a punch in style. As a major plus, these fabrics are also super comfortable and easy to wear.
Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Sailor Button Detail Shorts
Sailor style shorts are hitting the racks everywhere this summer. These flirty and feminine designs have the tendency to flatter a wide range of body types, making them a perfect pair of fashion shorts for ladies. With a naturally high waist, they also accentuate our best curves, too.
Loving the Sailor Button Detail Shorts from Jag Jeans, very chic and timeless!
Pair these shorts with our best sandals for travel this summer!
Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup Short
Classic Chic Shorts
Who said shorts were only for the beach? With this classic pair of fashion shorts, women of all body shapes can pair them with sandals, but they’ll look just as good (if not better) with heels.
Check out our top vacation picks for cute summer sandals for women!
Summer Lovin’ Shorts in Chambray also with Plus
Chambray is one of the best ways for travelers to lighten their suitcase this season without sacrificing a love for denim. Jean shorts are one of the staples in my sun chasing travel wardrobe but it’s amazing how much one denim piece can weigh in comparison to clothing made of other fabrics.
With a mission to pack the lightest ever for my upcoming trip next month, I just scooped up a pair of shorts like these. I can’t wait to test them out in a few weeks!
Check out our favorite pieces of chambray clothing and stock up now!
Relaxed Fit Flat Bermuda Short Plus
Knee Length Shorts
Not everyone is a fan of shorter shorts so I’m giving you a few longer options to choose from. Whether you prefer relaxed Bermuda or fitted cotton, there’s enough variation here in prints and color that you can pick up one or two to mix and match in your vacation packing list.
I’d suggest one print or a vibrant hue, plus one neutral to keep a nice balance.
Looking for the ultimate vacation packing list? Download our fee checklist here!
Print Dressy Shorts
Who doesn’t love a for spring and summer? This is a great way to brighten up a neutral wardrobe. Just make sure you can mix and match the majority of your tops to make the most of a minimalist packing list.
Summer shorts for women in a lightweight fabric like rayon are an added bonus if you’re traveling to hot destinations!
Read this post to find out what’s the best fabric for travel!
Breezy Linen Shorts
Linen is one of the top fabrics to help you stay cool on your summer vacation. Chilled out and relaxed, linen summer shorts for women are easy breezy and are sure to be the perfect item in your travel wardrobe on hot trips.
Designers tend to choose more casual cuts for linen so my vote goes to this high waist style that’s easily dressed up or down. Travel outfits don’t have to get sloppy in the heat. You just need to choose your fabrics wisely.
Check out this season’s ten best pieces of linen clothing!
Should I wear shorts?
Shorts are a controversial topic on Travel Fashion Girl. Not all female travelers feel comfortable wearing them and some even say you shouldn’t use them after a certain age (30, ouch).
Hearing so many opinions about one of my absolute favorite pieces of clothing caused a bit of internal conflict in my life. I chase the sun. I live by the sea. I don’t like wearing skirts. And I love wearing shorts.
BUT was I no longer allowed to wear them in my early thirties? Heartbreak.
During my time living in Playa del Carmen, any confusion I’ve had about women wearing shorts has subsided. I’ve seen women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wearing stylish shorts that were not only vacation appropriate – they were extremely flattering, too. If they could wear them, why can’t I?
An Italian fashion stylist in Rome explained to me her theory about shorts: if you have the legs, why not? It’s as simple as that.
With newfound confidence, I’m eager to wear my favorite piece of clothing once again and I’ve recently come across several pairs of stylish shorts for ladies that I thought were absolutely perfect for travel!
Take a look at these cute summer shorts for women!
What’s the best fabric for summer shorts?
I had two types of vacation shorts on my shopping list this past month: weightless summer shorts and a light chambray pair to replace my heavier denim.
Find out how to wear chambray clothing for your next trip
They’re perfect for beach and hot weather travel because they’re rayon – one of the best (and my favorite) fabric for the heat.
Because rayon is extremely lightweight and breathable, it keeps you cool while taking up practically no space or weight in your suitcase. Definitely a pair of travel shorts women globetrotters will want on their packing list!
Summer Shorts Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING||PRICE|
|Roxy Oceanside Beach Short||These fabrics are also super comfortable and easy to wear.||Check Price|
|Sailor Button Detail Shorts||These flirty and feminine designs have the tendency to flatter a wide range of body types, making them a perfect pair of fashion shorts for ladies||Check Price|
|Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup Short||With this classic pair of fashion shorts, women of all body shapes can pair them with sandals.||Check Price|
|Summer Lovin’ Shorts in Chambray also with Plus||Chambray is one of the best ways for travelers to lighten their suitcase this season without sacrificing love for denim.||Check Price|
|Relaxed Fit Flat Bermuda Short Plus||relaxed Bermuda or fitted cotton, there’s enough variation here in prints and color that you can pick up one or two to mix and match in your vacation packing list.||Check Price|
|Floral Print Summer Boho Beach Shorts||Summer shorts for women in a lightweight fabric like rayon are an added bonus if you’re traveling to hot destinations!||Check Price|
|Linen Shorts||Chilled out and relaxed, linen summer shorts for women are easy breezy and are sure to be the perfect item in your travel wardrobe on hot trips.||Check Price|
Compass Rose Packing Cubes
How to Pack Travel Shorts
Packing cubes will change the way you pack. I designed my own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where I’ve packed everything — even my summer shorts!
You can learn my packing hacks with packing cubes in this video!
Shorts, summer, and travel; sounds like paradise! What are your favorite summer shorts for women? Share and comment below!
For more tips on summer fashion, please read this post:
- 6 Purse Essentials Every Woman Should Bring on Summer Vacation
- Cute Summer Shorts for Women: 8 Trends to Buy Right Now
- 7 Classic Summer Tunics to Shop Now
- The Best Sandals for Travel this Summer: Shoes Reinventing How Comfort Looks
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Soul Escape gifted the shorts but all opinions and love of shorts are my own.
The best shorts for women
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The best ankle boots you can buy
Once you find the perfect ankle boots, you won’t want to wear any other shoes when it’s cold outside.The Downtown Boot from Thursday Boot Company is the best you can buy for its comfortable fit, chic weather-resistant design, and affordable price.
You might also like the Cole Haan Abbot Bootie, the Sam Edelman Petty Chelsea Boot, the Everlane Suede Heel Boot, the ASOS ABSOLUTE Chelsea Ankle Boot, the Madewell Walker Chelsea Boot, the Nisolo Chelsea Boot, and the Marc Fisher LTD Yommi Chelsea Bootie.
The best women’s sunglasses you can buy
Sunglasses double as a fun fashion statement and protective eyewear. You could just get a cheap pair that’ll break in a week, or you could go all in on a nice pair of sunglasses that will last for years if not decades. Our favorite pair of sunglasses for women are the Under Armour Road Getaway Sunglasses because they have a classic look and a sturdy build.
You may also like Dior’s So Real sunglasses to make you feel like a celebrity, Warby Parker for some great prescription frames, Ray-Ban’s Clubmasters for a classic design, and MVMT for shades that won’t break the bank.
The best women’s swimsuits you can buy
Finding the right swimsuit for you may seem as impossible as finding the best strapless bra, but we’re here to help. We’ve tested swimsuits from leading women’s swimsuit brands to find the best. Our favorite styles come from Summersalt because the brand offers a variety of swimsuits in fun color palettes.
You may also like Boden for a versatile suit, Eloquii for fabulous plus-sized options, Andie for the best one-piece suits, Khongboon for the best bikinis, and Aerie for affordable swimwear.
The best women’s underwear you can buy
You have to wear it every day, so you better make sure your underwear is the most comfortable clothing you own. Tommy John makes the most comfortable women’s underwear we’ve ever worn.
You’ll also love Everlane for its ethical all-cotton underwear, ThirdLove for feminine styles, MeUndies for fun patterns, Commando for the best seamless underwear, True&Co for a great hipster, and Aerie for an unbeatable price.
The best bras you can buy
We know that finding a bra that’s so comfortable that you forget it’s on sounds impossible, but it’s not. With an intelligent fit finder quiz, half sizes, and carefully designed bras that are as sexy as they are comfortable, ThirdLove makes the best bras you can buy.
You’ll also love Journelle for a delicate bra, Hanes for budget-friendly bras, Natori for a bra that will fit atypically sized or shaped breasts, and Wacoal for a great strapless, convertible bra.
The best travel clothes for women
You can travel in style and comfort with excellent travel clothes that look as great as they feel. We tested lots of travel-friendly clothes to find the best shoes, hoodie, leggings, sweatpants, socks, bra, T-shirt, sweater, and button-up shirt for women to wear en route to the ultimate vacation. Here are our top picks:
- Best travel shoes: Vivo Barefoot Kanna Shoes
- Best travel hoodie: SCOTTeVest Chloe Glow
- Best travel leggings: Live the Process leggings
- Best travel sweatpants: Vuori Performance Jogger pants
- Best travel socks: Stance compression socks
- Best travel bra: Vuori Altitude Sports Bra
- Best travel T-shirt: Everlane Box Cut Tee
- Best travel sweater: Everlane Cashmere Crew
- Best travel button-up shirt: Everlane Relaxed Jean Shirt
The best jean jackets for women
Every woman needs a classic jean jacket in her wardrobe. Our top pick is the Gap Icon Denim Jacket because it’s affordable, well made, and pairs perfectly with everything in your closet.
You might also like the high-tech Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard By Google, the roomy Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket, the affordable Wrangler Authentics Women’s Denim Jacket, or the plus-size Torrid Distressed Denim Jacket.
The best tote bags you can buy
Finding a tote bag that is not only stylish but also big enough to carry all your belongings can be tough. Our top pick is the Everlane Day Market Tote because this sleek, 100% Italian leather bag is affordable, roomy, and well crafted.
You might also like the Cuyana Oversized Carryall Tote, the Banana Republic Portofino Knotted Charging Tote, the Dagne Dover Legend Tote, and the Michael Kors Kelsey Nylon Travel Tote.