Trends come and go, but shorts will forever be a summertime staple. This time last year, we saw a return of the Mom shorton 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.