18 Pairs of Shorts Under $150 to Shop Before Summer Officially Starts

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Shorts season is officially upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited. The warmer weather gives us an excellent excuse to break out of the sweatpants/leggings rotation and start showing a little more skin on our daily walks. (Just don’t forget the sunscreen!) Without further ado, here are 18 pairs of easy, breezy shorts for every budget. Just be warned, they might inspire a total wardrobe refresh.

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nydj linen bermuda shorts

1. nydj Linen Bermuda Shorts

Longer lengths are reigning supreme this year, and we are here for it. These mint-hued linen shorts are breathable, light and right on trend—a true triple threat.

Available in sizes 14 to 24

l academie shorts

2. l’academie The Doriana Shorts

We love a good tropical print, especially one in hot summer shades. These painterly blooms are as bright as your dad’s favorite Hawaiian shirt, only much chicer. Wear them with a crisp white button-down or go all in and layer them under an equally vibrant top.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

everlane cotton twill shorts in green

3. everlane The Cotton Twill Shorts

These shorts are made using the same pattern as Everlane’s best-selling Wide-Leg Crop Pants. So if you’re already a fan of the full pants version (which so many of you are) you’ll likely love the fit of these structured shorts.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

agolde denim shorts

4. agolde Dee Cotton Frayed Denim Shorts

We’re often wary of denim cut-offs for being far too short or looking a little too camp counselor for our taste. But this pair from Agolde has a longer inseam and minimal distressing (save for the raw hem), which makes them feel much easier to incorporate into our grown-up summer wardrobe—just add a T-shirt and a linen blazer.

Available in sizes 23 to 32

good american denim bermuda shorts
Good American

5. good American The Bermuda Shorts

However, if super short cut-offs really aren’t your thing, you might try a pair of denim Bermuda shorts. Pro tip: Look for a looser fit that hits right above the knee for the most flattering silhouette.

Buy it ($135; $81)

Available in sizes 00 to 24

anthropologie scalloped shorts

6. anthropologie Georgie Scalloped Shorts

The bold print and dainty scalloped hem make these shorts the star of any outfit. Keep the rest of your ensemble simple in complementary hues (like black, white, pastel pink or peachy orange) to allow these babies their time to shine.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

revolve superdown shorts

7. superdown Amanda Flutter Shorts

With the look and ease of a flirty miniskirt, these flouncy shorts maximize airflow (to keep you nice and cool) and prevent chafing, which is more than any skirt can say for itself.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

nordstrom bp shorts

8. bp Paperbag Shorts

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic, cotton shorts. The high waist makes your legs look miles long, while the removeable belt can help cinch your waist and create the illusion of an itty-bitty middle.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

madewell gingham shorts

9. madewell Linen Pleated Shorts In Gingham Check

We’ve officially entered peak gingham season, but rather than reach for the usual black-and-white checks, why not test out earthier tones? This rusty orange is much more subtle, meaning it’s easier to pair with other prints if you’re looking to mix and match your patterns.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

vince bermuda shorts

10. vince Bermuda Shorts

Tall gals, this style is for you. With a 13-inch inseam, these Bermudas are guaranteed to hit your lengthy stems in just the right spot for a chic, tailored look.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

wit and wisdom bermuda shorts

11. wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Retro High-waist Denim Bermuda Shorts

The combination of a longer hem and Wit & Wisdom’s tummy-supporting Ab-Solution technology means you can run after your kids, engage in some backyard sports or work in the garden, without fear of anything shifting out of place.

Available in sizes 00 to 18

peixoto tie dye shorts

12. peixoto Joni Shorts

Yes, you could just DIY your own pair of tie-dye shorts, but why risk the potentially muddy result when you could just pick up this cool pair, instead?

Available in sizes XS to XL

ganni polka dot shorts
Matches Fashion

13. ganni High-rise Polka-dot Cotton Poplin Shorts

An elastic waist makes these burgundy polka-dot cuties comfier than any buttoned or zippered pair.

Available in sizes 0 to 14

hm orange shorts

14. h&m Linen-blend Shorts

Orange might seem like a difficult color to pull off, but if you think of it as a more saturated form of beige, you’ll find it’s not that tricky. Start easy and pair an orange print with white basics before graduating to more colorful options, like a pastel pink blouse, a yellow knit tank or an ombré button-down.

Available in sizes 0 to 12

free people high waist denim culotte shorts

15. free People High-waist Denim Culotte Shorts

If you’re wary of the Bermuda short trend, try a pair with a bit more versatility. The loose cut of the legs on these Free People shorts makes it easy to roll up the hems for a shorter silhouette.

Available in sizes 24 to 31

dickies cargo shorts

16. dickies Carpenter Shorts

We’ve long been fans of Dickies’s ‘90s-style cargo pants, but it was the super-flattering contrast stitching on the bum that drew us to this particular pair of shorts.

Available in sizes 24 to 32

jcrew liberty print shorts

17. j.crew Pleated Short With Ring Buckle

While we love the cheerful Liberty print on this high-waist style, it’s the removeable ‘70s-inspired ring buckle belt that had us clicking add to cart.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

eloquii wrap shorts

18. eloquii Wrap-front Skort With Buckle

OK, true, this is technically a skort. But this is a particularly great style for anyone worried about unflattering bunching or riding up between their legs (we’ve all been there).

Available in sizes 14 to 28



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