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.
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.
Golden Goose Deluxe Lorena Short
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
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
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 ShortsFor 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.