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

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


Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978 Baggy Denim Shorts

FARFETCH $182 Shop Now

Saint Laurent Baggy Short Western Deep Vintage Blue


Hudson Jeans Sloane Long Cut-Off Shorts

NORDSTROM $165 Shop Now

Grlfrnd Denim Cindy Distressed Denim Shorts


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.


See By Chloé Long Bermuda Shorts

FARFETCH $250 Shop Now

Tibi James Menswear Check Pleated Shorts


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

Hang Ten!

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


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.

Photo: Getty Images

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

Statement Spandex

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


Beach Comber

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

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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

Stylish 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 Shorts

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!

Linen Shorts

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

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.

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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.

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The best travel clothes for women

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  • 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
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