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The best shorts to see you through the summer

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Helen Atkin
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The tailored short is the new shape to wear this summer. Ignore the denim cut-off and try something a little longer and a little looser.

When thinking of summer shorts it’s easy to jump straight to short, shorts; those denim cut-offs made de rigeur by celebrities at Cochella and Glastonbury, think Kate Moss circa 2005 strutting through the festival fields (well trudging through the mud, lets be honest). But as fashion becomes more in tune with the wish of women to feel comfortable in their clothing, more variations in short styles are becoming available. This summer it’s all about a short with longer length and a looser cut. 

Best shorts to see you through the summer

Seen on the catwalk at Balmain, Chloe, Emilia Wickstead, Hermes, Loewe and BOSS, a tailored city short is the pair to covet this season. If you need to be smart for the office a short suit is a great option, and for the weekend style your shorts with either a loose fit white or printed shirt and some chunky sandals. 

Here is our pick of the best shorts this summer.

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  • Golden Goose Deluxe Lorena Short

    Best shorts to see you through the summer: Golden Goose shorts
    Best shorts to see you through the summer: Golden Goose shorts

    Wear these burgundy linen shorts with a white ribbed vest and aviator sunglasses to enjoy the sun this summer.

    Golden Goose Deluxe Lorena Short, £335

  • New Look Khaki Paperbag Belted Utility Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: New Look paper bag shorts
    Best shorts for summer: New Look paper bag shorts

    Khaki is everywhere this season and New Look have a pair of shorts to ease you into the colour.

    New Look Khaki Paperbag Belted Utility Shorts, £19.99

  • Zimmermann Ninety-Six Racer Short

    Best shorts for summer: Zimmerman shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Zimmerman shorts

    Pair these lilac shorts with high heels and delicate gold jewellery for a chic evening look.

    Zimmermann Ninety-Six Racer Short, £315

  • Topshop Wool Tailored City Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Topshop shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Topshop shorts
    For semi-smart workwear, pair these shorts with a strappy small heel shoe and a smart top handle bag.

    Topshop Wool Tailored City Shorts, £75

  • Nili Lotan Talyn Cotton-Gabardine Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Nili Lotan shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Nili Lotan shorts             

    If no messy hands, barbecue sauces or grass stains are a possibility, wear these shorts with a white t-shirt and tan sandals for the ultimate all white summer look.

    Nili Lotan Talyn Cotton-Gabardine Shorts at Net-a-Porter.com, £400

  • By Malene Birger Danise Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: By Malene Birger shorts
    Best shorts for summer: By Malene Birger shorts

    Don’t be afraid of print on your shorts this summer, this By Malene Birger pair is the perfect introduction to the clashing print trend when paired with a blue printed shirt.

    By Malene Birger Danise Shorts, £150

  • Chloe Contrast-Topstitching Cotton-Twill Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Chloe shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Chloe shorts

    Wear a pair of grandad sandals and a white shirt with these blue shorts.

    Chloe Contrast-Topstitching Cotton-Twill Shorts, £525

  • Zara Darted Baggy Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Zara shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Zara shorts

    City shorts don’t need to be smart, the baggy style of these khaki shorts means they’re a great Sunday slouch short.

    Zara Darted Baggy Shorts, £19.99

  • Frankie Shop Julie Bermuda Shorts

    Frankie Shop Julie Bermuda Shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Frankie Shop Julie Bermuda Shorts

    Make like the street style stars and wear these shorts with white socks and a chunky trainer.

    Frankie Shop Julie Bermuda Shorts, £107

  • Tibi Pleated Belted Linen-Blend Twill Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Tibi shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Tibi shorts

    Pair Tibi’s shorts with a simple tank and woven sandals. 

    Tibi Pleated Belted Linen-Blend Twill Shorts at Net-a-Porter.com, £385

  • Warehouse Stripe Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Warehouse Stripe Shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Warehouse Stripe Shorts

    Even if you’re not stepping onto a boat this summer, these nautical inspired shorts are perfect for sea side style.

    Warehouse Stripe Shorts, £29

  • Isabel Marant Etoile Lizy Straight-Leg Shorts

    Isabel Marant Etoile shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Isabel Marant Etoile shorts

    Easy beach shorts, this pair from Etoile have multiple pockets for suncream, sunglasses and ice cream money.

    Isabel Marant Etoile Lizy Straight-Leg Shorts at Matchesfashion.com, £280

  • Albus Lumen Belted Textured-Cotton Shorts

    Best shorts for summer: Albus Lumen shorts
    Best shorts for summer: Albus Lumen shorts

    A bright shirt and slides are tropical partners for these belted shorts.

    Albus Lumen Belted Textured-Cotton Shorts at Net-a-Porter.com, £210

Opening image courtesy of Alexandra Miro (Shorts, £257, mytheresa.com). Street style image courtesy of Getty. All other images courtesy of the brands.

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