One of the best parts of summer is getting the chance to step out of your beloved skinny jeans and finally let your legs breathe. While skirts and dresses have a special place in our heart (and an entire section of our closet), some days we just can’t be bothered to deal with any thigh chafing. Which is why stylish shorts are such a summertime savior. Here are 14 pairs that plus-size ladies can—and should—wear from now until Labor Day. And maybe a few weeks after that too.
The 14 Best Plus-Size Shorts to Get You Through Summer’s Heat in Style
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1. Athleta Brooklyn Short
This sporty pair has a four-inch inseam and pockets on the front and back. Pair with a casual tee and your favorite white sneaks.
2. Good American Bombshell Cutoff Denim Shorts
Finally, shorts that contour curves without leaving a gap in the waistband.
4. Summersalt The Effortless Shorts
Sure, you can wear these as a pool-side coverup with one of Summersalt’s adorable swimsuits, but we’re not opposed to sporting them out on the town—with a breezy button-down and flat sandals—for some post-pool drinks as well.
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5. Madewell Relaxed Denim Shorts
Loose denim isn't just trendy, it's super comfortable and will keep you cool in the heat. To keep the silhouette flattering, pair these babies with a tighter-fitting tee or a looser top half-tucked in.
6. Torrid Mid Rise Midi Short
We all need a pair of go-to shorts and these
ones will hug your curves perfectly.
7. Nike Sportswear Eseential Bike Short
Nobody does cute and sporty like Nike. These bike shorts are flattering on all shapes and can be used for workouts or athleisure.
9. L.l.bean Original Sunwashed Shorts
These lightweight shorts have the same versatility as your favorite jeans or cut-offs but with oh so much more breathability and movement.
12. Ava & Viv Tie-dye Shorts
Comfy shorts to throw on to run some errands or watch a movie are a necessity. This pastel tie-dye is summery and stylish.
13. Allegrace High Waist Denim Shorts
If you prefer a folded hem, these shorts are a great option. They have a longer inseam and are high waisted if you want more coverage.
14. Khaki Plt Badge Sweat Shorts
The elastic waistband makes this pair ultra comfortable. These fashionable shorts will be your new favorites for the season and they come in two colors. We'd wear ours with a white T-shirt and sneakers, but bring along a matching sweatshirt for when temps drop at night.