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In your 20s, when the weather was too hot to handle, it seemed like no big deal to toss on a pair of denim shorts and call it a day. Nowadays, shorts are suddenly the hardest piece of clothing to wear, let alone find. (Um, when did they get so short?) Fret not, because these 15 pairs below just so happen to be the ideal combination of appropriate length and on-trend style—suitable for vacation or when you’d rather not alarm everyone at the grocery store.


High-Waisted Chambray

The grown-up version of your favorite jorts (yes, we said jorts).

The Fifth Label ($70)


Silky Stripes

Lightweight and breezy = perfect for your upcoming beach trip.

Astr ($78)


Bright Linen

Although the color is attention-grabbing, the structured fit makes these age-appropriate (and so cute when paired with a striped button-down).

Level 99 ($68)


Everyday Utility

If you’re running after kids, these no-frills shorts will hide any traces of playground dirt.

Caslon ($45)


Cuffed Hem

This sophisticated style works for a casual office or an afternoon lunch date.

Club Monaco ($129)


Gauzy Drawstring

Snag them now and wear them every weekend until September.

Joie ($178)


Frayed Edges

This buttery soft denim will make you forget all about your old pair of cutoffs.

Madewell ($50)


Cotton Cover-Up

Perfect for poolside lounging.

Lem Lem ($185)


Stretch Twill

A hidden high waistband creates that coveted figure-smoothing fit.

Jag Jeans ($64)


Bermuda Shorts

Unpopular opinion: Bermuda shorts get a bad rap. The key is fit: Tailor these closer to your legs so they don't read sloppy. And pair them with flats—never with heels.

G1 Goods ($125)


Track Shorts

This casual pair is wrinkle-proof and cooling, meaning you’ll want to wear them just as much your actual gym shorts.

Everlane ($68)


White Denim

Hint: Make sure they’re slouchy. Tight, white shorts are always a “don’t.”

Uniqlo ($30)



The color and pattern will have all eyes on you, but the length will make sure no one’s seeing anything you don’t want them to.

Elevenses ($68)


Nautical Lace

Dressy edges jazz up an otherwise preppy print.

Holy Caftan ($154)


Two-Tone Chambray

And darker panels have a slimming effect on the hips. (Yes, please.)

Alice + Olivia ($210)

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