Fashion
When it comes to warm-weather dressing, you can’t beat a solid pair of shorts. What should you look for when selecting your next pair of shorts? Start by addressing your needs.

If you’re doing something casual like going to a picnic or spending the day at the beach or music festival, a pair of cotton shorts or even cutoffs may be your best bet, as they’re stylish and easy to wash, should you need to. J.Crew and Madewell produce cotton shorts in an array of colorways, and The Gap and Urban Outfitters have a huge array of stylish cutoff shorts—some even with boho-looking fringe details—to choose from. Cutoffs look best when paired with strappy sandals or of-the-moment sneakers like Converse.

For something more party-ready, try buying a pair of leather shorts. You can wear them with long-sleeve blouses for cocktail hours and evenings out, and you also have the option of toning down the vibrato of leather by throwing on a structured menswear-inspired blazer. Leather shorts in particular look great over opaque tights, too, so if the temperatures start to dip and you don’t want to bare your legs, you can style your leather shorts over dark stockings.
  • Gap Women Wool Flared Trouser Shorts
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    Gap Women Wool Flared Trouser Shorts
    Gap Wool blend with full lining. Hook & bar closure, zip fly. Dart detailing at waistband. On seam side pockets, rear welt pockets. Limited edition: Available online and at flagship and select stores. Sits at the waist. Flared through the thigh. Inseam: 5"
  • Gap Women 1969 Maddie Denim Shorts
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    Gap Women 1969 Maddie Denim Shorts
    Gap Tall Fit Guide Premium stretch denim. Dark blue wash with fading and whiskering. Button closure, zip fly. Five pocket styling. Side slits at hem. Mid rise. Fitted through the hip and thigh. Hits at the upper thigh. Inseam: 3"
  • Gap Women 1969 Maddie Denim Shorts
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    Gap Women 1969 Maddie Denim Shorts
    Gap Tall Fit Guide Premium stretch denim. Medium blue wash with heavy fading and whiskering. Button closure, zip fly. Five pocket styling. Mid rise. Fitted through the hip and thigh. Hits at the upper thigh. Inseam: 3"
  • Gap Women Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts
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    Gap Women Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts
    Gap Tall Fit Guide Banded waist with belt loops. Button closure, zip fly. Flat front. Angled side pockets with slot pocket on one side. Rear besom pockets. Loose and relaxed. For a slimmer fit, please consider ordering one size down. Sits below the waist. Straight through the hip and thigh. Hits at mid thigh. Inseams unrolled: regular: 10", tall: 11", petite: 8"
  • Gap Women Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts
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    Gap Women Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts
    Gap Tall Fit Guide Banded waist with belt loops. Button closure, zip fly. Flat front. Angled side pockets with slot pocket on one side. Rear besom pockets. Loose and relaxed. For a slimmer fit, please consider ordering one size down. Sits below the waist. Straight through the hip and thigh. Hits at mid thigh. Inseams unrolled: regular: 10", tall: 11", petite: 8"
  • Gap Women High Rise Sculpting Shorts
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    Gap Women High Rise Sculpting Shorts
    Gap Our everyday shapewear gently hugs and smoothes your body. Smooth, sculpting shorts offer complete coverage. Flat banded waist. Allover support from waist to thigh. Slim, fitted silhouette. High rise. Hits at mid thigh.
  • Gap Women High Rise Sculpting Shorts
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    Gap Women High Rise Sculpting Shorts
    Gap Our everyday shapewear gently hugs and smoothes your body. Smooth, sculpting shorts offer complete coverage. Flat banded waist. Allover support from waist to thigh. Slim, fitted silhouette. High rise. Hits at mid thigh.
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