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The Best Summer Shorts in Every Style

From denim cutoffs to high-waisted, work-appropriate options.

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Gingham shorts
Reformation Tyson Shorts, $58

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Shopping for shorts, at least for me, is more of a chore than a pleasure. I'm someone who falls firmly into the camp of "pants people" rather than "shorts people."

More than a preference for keeping my legs covered, I think the shorts aversion really comes from the fact that a lot of the options out there are just unflattering and uncomfortable. They basically take the parts of jeans where everything can go wrong — butt, crotch, thighs, and waist — and magnify any issues you've got going on in those areas, since your hips and thighs are where the materials starts and ends.

That said, comfortable, cute shorts do exist, and not just in one style. To that end, we've pulled up the best options for a bunch of different categories, from summer classics like cutoffs and cuffed denim shorts to more trendy options like wide-leg culottes and blouse-y printed shorts. And since we don’t all have the same budgets, we’ve included two price ranges for each. Check them all out below!

polka dot shorts
Zara Flowing Shorts, $26
Printed shorts
APC Soho Shorts, $177
current/elliott boyfriend denim shorts
Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Denim Shorts, $180
Striped shorts
Stelen Dante Striped Shorts, $62
Black shorts with buttons on the front
Farrow Tap Shorts, $48
Albus Lumen Mali Linen Shorts, $218
cut-off shorts on a hanger
Bailey Rae & Co. Cut-Off Shorts, from $29 (via Etsy)
denim cut-offs
Madewell The Perfect Jean Shorts, $65
gray lounge shorts
Madewell Offline Short, $25
silky running shorts
Need Supply Leisure Shorts, $120
Caron Callahan Dover Short, $290 (in black, $166)
Zara Jacquard Skort, $20