CHoosing shorts can be trial and error. Testing is important and always buying a size makes for a better fit. Find a shape that fits you, from slim-fit to baggy, mini or taller. Add a touch of glamor with a high or paper-bag waist. Essential Antwerp’s orange (2, bottom) and pink cotton style are cut for comfort. Style with their striped belt (£ 75) and a tucked-in tonal top for a chic look. Reiss’s mint-green tailored shorts (£ 138) are great for smart summer events, worn with a matching blazer. Sezane’s high-waisted belt Rome shorts (£ 100) are washed in black denim, khaki and floral print, and sit perfectly in line with tailored and casual. Wear a shirt or vest top and you’re good to go.
If comfort is your thing, look no further than Aligne’s terry toweling style (£ 59), Maje’s gray marl jersey pair (1, bottom), recycled and organic cotton sweat shorts by Pangaia (£ 65) in a rainbow of shades, or itsy- little quick-drying beachcomber styles on the towel from Me+Em (7, below). Denim shorts are always in fashion.
We love the mid-leg Whistles (5, bottom), available in four shades. Or take scissors on an old pair of jeans to get your full length and break the sides, or salvage an old pair with a set of iron patches ( £ 2, etsy.com).
Swap your casual shorts for leather or lace for the perfect festival outfit. Take in Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney’s Coachella look (left) with Benetton’s broderie anglaise pair (£ 49.95). Don’t be afraid to choose retro shorts in bold patterns like polka dots, stripes, and even plaids. And finally, let’s not forget the matchy-matchy co-ord set-a fast-paced summer style track.
1. Fleece shorts with embroidered ruffles, £ 104uk.maje.com
2. Dark orange high-rise shorts, £ 130, essentiel-antwerp.com
3. Patricia Black Floral Shorts, £ 85, kitristudio.com
4. Embroidered shorts, £ 101, sandro-paris.com
5. Denim shorts, £ 59, whistles.com
6. Patchwork detail, £ 74, desigual.com
7. Toweling shorts, £ 65, meadem.com
8. Wave print, £ 69, houseofsunny.com
9. Cut jeans, £ 39.95, gap.co.uk
10. Fitted linen, £ 125, gant.co.uk
11. Pleated linen, £ 60, boden.co.uk
12. Rome, £ 105, sezane.com
13. Gisusi, £ 180, railsclothing.com
14. Pink satin, £ 22.99, zara.com
15. Linen, £ 35, arket.com
16. Striped, £ 40, roxy-uk.co.uk