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Short Story: The Top 8 Shorts of the Summer

In hot weather, the last thing you want to wear are pants. The warm weather makes it easy to throw on shorts and T-shirts, but it’s important to make sure you wear the right ones in order to stay comfortable and stylish. If you’re wondering what short styles work best this summer, check out this list of the top 8 shorts of the summer!

1) The Utility Short

What’s better than an amazing pair of shorts? A pair that has six useful pockets. When you’re trekking through airports or hopping from one meeting to another, you don’t want to have to carry a bunch of bags and pockets with you. These utility shorts are designed for anyone who wants to feel as comfortable in their clothes as they would be lounging around at home—but doesn’t have time for it. They’re made from wrinkle-resistant fabric so you can throw them on without worrying about ironing them (or looking like you just got off a plane).
In addition to having tons of storage space, these shorts also have extra-deep front pockets so even if your hands are full (with luggage), there will still be room for your phone or wallet.

2) Biker Short

You’ll be biking to and from work and want shorts that are lightweight, breathable, don’t get in your way when you ride, but also look good if you run into a client. These key features make biker shorts perfect for summer. They’re comfortable and cool enough to wear on your bike or under dress pants, but can also double as everyday wear. They come in colors like black, gray, blue and brown so they go with everything from flip-flops to loafers. Pick up a pair of these shorts at any department store or online retailer for about $30-$50.

3) High-Rise Knitted Shorts

These are so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re wearing shorts! Perfect for wearing to your next summer party, these knit bottoms come in an array of colors and patterns. Wear them with a tank or T-shirt and sneakers for a sporty look. Or match them with a blouse and sandals for an evening out on a hot date. These shorts will give you plenty of choices. They have a mid-rise waist that stays put without riding up. There is also a front slit pocket at the waistband to keep your keys handy while you’re moving around town. They also feature side slits at each leg opening for ease of movement. Machine washable cold; tumble dry low. Made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex fabric, they have an easy fit that will flatter any figure while keeping you cool as well as comfy all day long.

4) Tweed Shorts

Tweed is one of those fabrics that’s versatile enough to go with anything, but also has its own characteristic texture and color that makes it a stand-out. These tweed shorts are a perfect example; they provide coverage where you need it without being too warm in hot weather. Wear them with loafers or boat shoes for an effortless summer look. Purchase these tweed shorts here! This classic chino short is crafted from cotton twill fabric for comfort and durability. A slim fit sits at your natural waist, offering a more modern silhouette than traditional baggy styles. These shorts feature five pockets—two front pockets and three back pockets—for practical storage space. A zipper fly keeps things secure while buttons line up along a single button-closure waistband.

5) Pleated white linen shorts

Part white-collar, part beach, these pleated linen shorts look like they’re straight out of 1950s Southern California. Like a lot of vintage clothes (including board shorts), they aren’t so much one-size-fits-all as very specific to a size and shape. But if you have narrow hips and long legs, and don’t mind getting them tailored (and dry cleaned) before wearing, these are pretty spectacular. They also come in navy blue and black. $298 at Urban Outfitters .

6) Quilted Short

These shorts have a classic shape, but with a modern-day twist. They’re a great option for laidback everyday style, and don’t need to be paired with something special—just throw on your favorite tee or plain button-down and you’re good to go. Quilted shorts are truly one of summer’s greatest comfort fabrics—and they happen to look pretty good too. If there is one fabric that defines our beloved short shorts, it has to be quilting. And if there is any color that defines them even more than that, it has to be khaki.

7) High-Waisted Mini Shorts

This short pairs perfectly with a ruffled, off-the-shoulder top or one that features a flowy silhouette. Try pairing it with sneakers or crocks for a look that’s perfect for summer. Add a hat and some tights to dress it up for colder weather. It looks great dressed down too—pair it with your favorite sandals!

8) Flutter Short

A light, breezy top that’s perfect for brightening up an otherwise dreary day. Though it doesn’t weigh a lot, it’s one of our summer favorites because it keeps us cool during those humid months. Just be sure to pack it in your carry-on if you plan on flying somewhere warm; there’s no way you want to check your bag and risk losing these beauties! We like ours with heels or sandals—or even barefoot, if we’re feeling daring. And don’t forget about its matching sister styles—the long-sleeved Flutter Long and maxi Flutter Maxi—which are also available in pretty pastels. Available at most retailers nationwide.