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If you have a love/hate relationship with shorts, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone; they’re a notoriously tricky piece of clothing to pull off, but come summertime when the temperatures warm up and you want to be wearing as little fabric as possible, they’re also kind of a lifesaver. Even if you aren’t totally convinced that you can pull them off, with so many different types of shorts that are available to shop online, you’re bound to find at least one style that’s worthy of a spot in your wardrobe.
Between the mix of viral TikTok fashion trends that have been bubbling up this year and the resurgence of so many old style fads, shorts of all kinds are trending for summer — from baggy mom shorts and lengthy Bermuda styles to breezy linen shorts and even a few frayed denim shorts that you can wear to the beach, brunch, and beyond. Today’s hottest pieces come in all different kinds of lengths and fabrics, with silhouettes that are actually flattering and comfortable — shocking, we know.
As you begin to prep your closet for the new season, we curated a guide to the best shorts for women, with styles that come from some of our favorite brands like American Eagle, Farm Rio, Reformation, Levi’s, Amazon, and more. These pieces are designed to look great with everything from strappy sandals to cool everyday sneakers and, if you’re feeling risqué for your next night out, even a pair of over-the-knee boots with some cheeky short shorts. Whatever your personal style is, you’re sure to find your new favorite summer essential ahead.
— Additional reporting by India Yaffe