This summer I have been a sucker for the adorable array of shorts with which the stores have been filled. Usually during the summer season, I wear cute dresses and skirts; this year, however, I find myself wearing shorts more and more. I have even noticed that it is easier for me to find cute shorts than to find cute skirts this summer. The short has become this summer’s “item to wear”, whether by day, night, or anything in between.
No longer do the shorts carried by the stores consist of basic blacks, whites, beiges, and denims. This summer variety is the key and the number of “short” possibilities seem endless, probably enough to fill your entire closet and to allow you to wear shorts on each of the 94 days of summer.
So if someone asks you who wears short shorts? You can say…. I do, but I also wear high-waisted, cutoffs, cuffed, paper bag, denim, pleated, and a whole bunch of others as well! Check below for my picks for the 94 shortsto carry you through the summer (and into the fall when worn with tights) all for under $94!
DENIM: Denim shorts are always a classic summer staple, but these adorable picks are more than just basic denim shorts. The cuts and designs of these shorts add a little more style and fun your favorite summer basic!
1. Oasis Easy Boyfriend Denim Shorts, $45
2. Motel Rocks Ethel Short Denim, $70
3. Washborn:The High Waist Shorts in Light Blue, $66
4. Romwe High Waist Street Style Denim Shorts, $39
5. Yumi Paperbag Waist Denim Shorts, $38
6. Sandro Poppins High-Waisted Stretch-Denim Shorts, $92
7. Mink Pink Slasher Flick Shorts, $77
8. Topshop Moto Blue Scallop Hem Shorts, $60
FUNKY DENIM: Denim may be a staple no matter what season it is, but this summer get inspired by these super funky denim shorts and make a statement with that wardrobe staple!
1. Threadscene Delicate Denim Floral Short,s $34
2. Topshop Moto Ditsy Embroidered Denim Hotpants, $75
3. Blank Inorganic Bleach Stud Short, $78
4. Spicy Holic Beaded Denim Shorts, $22
5. Romwe Paiting Impact Denim Shorts, $27.99
6. ASTROLOGIE Two Tone Womens Shorts, $9.97
7. Cherylnina Stewart Re:Vint Cheeky Shorts, $58
DRAWSTRING: These shorts are both cute and comfy. They’re great to lounge around in, go to the gym in, or just about any other time you want to stay cute and comfy!
1. Opening Ceremony Lace Cord Shorts, $128; Now: $38
2. a.d.o Mira Shorts, $73
3. Enza Costa Mini Shorts, $124; Now:$62
4. SEA New York Drawstring Shorts, $106; Now: $54
5. Obey Voodoo Shorts, $39
6. Eryn Brinie Cuffed Sweat Shorts, $68; Now: $47.60
7. Free People Monrow Pleated Striped Shorts, $98; Now: $69.95
8. Brandy and Melville Eva Silk Shorts, $30
9. Juicy Couture Ioki Shorts, $198; Now: $84.99
HIGH-WAISTED: I love any type of high-waisted bottoms, so I can’t get enough of these high-waisted shorts! Tuck any shirt into high-waisted items and you instantly look super stylish!
1. Mara Hoffman Pleat Shorts, $216; Now: $64.90
2. Need Supply Laser Tap Shorts, $68; Now: $49.99
3. Modekungen Animal Shorts, $63
4. Farmer’s Market Shopping Vintage Floral Print Denim Shorts, $32.50; Now: $21.50
5. Rare Tribal Print Shorts, $57.46
6. APC Plaid Shorts- Gold/Navy, $135; Now:$40.50
7. 80’s Purple Fannie Hi-Waisted Shorts, $36
8. Pixie Market Khaki Lace Up Shorts, $79
PlLEATED: These pleated shorts are great for both day and night! Dress them down with a t-shirt and sandals for a cute day look, or wear them with heels and a cute top for a dressier look.
1. Akira Drape Pleat High Waist Shorts, $35
2. Seneca Rising Live Twice Shorts, $58
3. Need Supply Ribbon Trim Shorts, $42
4. Adam Pleated Crepe Shorts, $82
5. Topshop Black Floral Print Shadow Shorts, $70
6. DV by Dolce Vita The Lani Shorts, $82
7. Modcloth Celeb Look-alike Shorts, $65
SAILOR: Who says you have to be a sailor to wear these fabulous sailor shorts!
1.Sparkle & Fade Hi-Waisted Sailor Short, $29.99
2. Level 99 Darcy Shorts, $78
3. By Malene Birger Nacci Stripe Sailor Shorts, $52.50
4. Romwe Wavy Lace Light Grey Shorts $24.99
5. Wet Seal Sailor Denim Short, $24.80; Now:$17.99
6. Coney Island Sailor Shorts, $28.00
7. Kimchi Blue Side-Button Short, $49; Now: $29.99
PAPER BAG: Tuck an adorable top into any of these Paper Bag shorts or pair them with a fun crop top to create a fun and stylish look for either day or night!
1. Asos Vila Self Belt Paper Bag Short, $22.41
2. Nasty Gal Leopard Tie Shorts, $33.60
3. Calypso St Barth Capucine Short, $135; Now:$49
4. Madewell Checked Paperboy Shorts, $59.50
5. Miss Selfridge Navy Spotty Tie Shorts, $52
6. Cooperative Colorblock Short, $54; Now: $29.99
7. Forever 21 Abstract Drawstring Short, $15.80
CUTOFFS: Get inspired by The Dukes of Hazzard and wear some cutoff shorts this Summer! Try one of these super cute and funky cutoffs below to create a look that both fashionistas and Daisy Duke would covet!
1. Cheap Monday Joyrich Metallic Coated Shorts, $84; Now: $42
2. Armani Exchange Leopard Short, $78; Now: $59
3. Neon Hart Dark Trashed Short, $79.95
4. Urban Renewal Vintage Destroyed Denim Short, $44
5. Obesity + Speed Holy Stud Cutoff Shorts,$125; Now: $87.50
6. Leopard Lady All Out Cut Off by Insight, $66
7. Romwe Tie-dye Black Short Pants, $44.99
8. Forever 21 Frayed Floral Denim Shorts, $19.90
9. Black Denim Painted Hotpants, $47
CUFFS AND BOWS: This season’s shorts are all about the details! Detailed cuffs and bows can take a basic short from boring to fun!
1. Glory Charm Balloon Pants, $74; Now:$35.91
2. Boutique by Jaeger Tie Front Chino Short, $48.00
3. Blank Sateen Long Shorts, $78
4. Dusty Pink Floral Cord High Waisted Shorts, $58
5. MINKPINK Spot The Difference Shorts, $70
6. Armani Exchange Leopard Cuff Jean Shorts, $78; Now: $59
7. Free People Big Bow Ruffle Short, $68; Now:$39.95
8. Topshop MOTO Multi Floral High Waisted Hotpants, $66
STRIPES: Stripes were big for Spring/Summer 2011 runways. Although all these shorts are super striped and fabulous, be careful when wearing horizontal stripes because they tend to make some people look wider.
1. Your Eyes Lie:The Stripe Denim Short, $68; Now: $45.95
2. Bandes Noir Striped Short, $32.99
3. Topshop Moto Candy Stripe Hotpants, $66
4. BCBG Briza Striped Short, $138; Now: $82.80
5. Kain Label Striped Drawstring Shorts, $95; Now: $33
6. Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup Seersucker Shorts, $68
7. Lulu’s Landlubber Red and Taupe Striped Shorts, $40
LACE & CROCHET: Both lace and crochet are two of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2011. Create a super trendy, girly look by adding some of these adorable lace and crochet shorts to your summer wardrobe!
1. Nasty Gal Circle Crochet Shorts, $68
2. Voyage Shorts, Lace Up Crochet, $69
3. Dodostyle Lace Overlay Denim Shorts, $78
4. Shop Cuffs Hey Boy, $32
5. Audrey 3+1 Chiffon Trim Shorts, $46
6. Tavik Swimwear French Short, $62
7. Miss Ferriday Cheeky Shorts, $92
8. 100 Days of Summer Short, $58
CRAZY PRINTS: These crazy printed shorts not only are super trendy, but sure to make a statement and get you noticed this summer!
1. Grey Antics The Dolphine Shorts Women’s Shorts, $78
2. Monet Shorts, $25.70
3. Diane von Furstenberg Abbi Beach Shorts, $96; Now: $56
4. Romwe Lovely Style Multicoloured Denim Short Pants, $42.99
5. Show Me Your Mumu Sammy Short Peacock, $88
6. Motel Rocks Ethel Short in Wallflower Peach, $76
7. NYC Boutique The Print Shorts, $49
8. Forever 21 Ethnic Print Short, $14.80
9. Need Supply Tribal Shorts, $38.00
– SARA STERNBERG