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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.
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    This season is all about style-savvy separates; get your fix with these versatile high waisted shorts. All black with a subtly shiny coating, they're suited to transitioning from AM to PM.
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    River Island Yellow print jacquard high waist shorts
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    A city essential, these cute yellow jacquard shorts are perfect for styling out the seasons. Their high waist design is complete with a zip fly fastening.
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    River Island White smart high waist shorts
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    Complete a city-slick look with this crisp pair of white high waist shorts. The perfect blank canvas, they can be styled up or down to complete an endless array of outfits.
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    River Island Green abstract print high waist shorts
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    Fashion and art collide on these high waisted abstract print shorts. Cast in wintery shades of red, green and yellow, they're a chic option for slick off-duty styling.
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    River Island Cream striped smart shorts
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    These striped red and blue shorts and the epitome of chic. Tailored with a concealed front fastening, they're a smart option for work or weekend.
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    River Island White zig zag print high waisted shorts
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    Expand your style horizons in these monochrome zig zag printed shorts. Featuring a tailored cut, high waisted design and zip and hook fastening.
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    River Island White lurex jacquard high waisted shorts
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    White high waisted shorts equally endlessly chic style. Dress this lurex jacquard pair up or down. Featuring a high waist, tailored cut and invisible back zip.
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    River Island White alphabet print high waisted shorts
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    Give your shorts collection a quirky update with this alphabet printed design. Featuring a tailored cut and high waisted fit.
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    River Island Black velvet lace trim high waisted shorts
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    Take your high waisted shorts to the next level with these luxury velvet and lace embellished design. Featuring an invisible back zip and scalloped lace trim.
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    River Island Red velvet high waisted shorts
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    Add some va va voom to your closet with these bold red velvet shorts. Featuring a tailored flippy cut with a high waist and invisible back zip fastening.
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    River Island Black high waisted velvet sequin shorts
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    Add some luxe texture and a flash of sequins to your party wardrobe with these high waisted shorts. In these you're sure to sparkle by day and dazzle by night.
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    River Island Black square print high waisted shorts
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    We're updating a stylish staple in the form of these square print monochrome shorts. Featuring a high waisted cut with contrast black insert panels.
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    River Island White textured high waisted shorts
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    Cut a clean, striking silhouette in these textured white shorts. Whatever the season these are sure to see you through. Featuring a tailored high waisted cut and zip and hook fastening.
  • River Island Light wash high waisted denim shorts
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    River Island Light wash high waisted denim shorts
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    A super flattering foundation for your warm-weather looks, these light wash denim shorts are a style saviour. Featuring a high waisted fit, five pocket detail and zip fly with single button fastening.
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    River Island Brown animal print high waisted shorts
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    Indulge your wild side with these chic animal print high waisted shorts. Featuring a loose flippy design.
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    River Island Black print high waisted shorts
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    We've got you sorted from coffee to cocktails with these chic black printed shorts. Featuring a high waisted cut and back zip, these are a wardrobe essential that are sure to get plenty of wear.
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    River Island Black leather-look high waisted shorts
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    Expand your style horizons with these high waisted leather-look shorts. It's all about edgy tailoring with this design, featuring an invisible back zip.
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    River Island Grey floral print high waisted satin shorts
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    Expand your style horizons with these floral printed shorts. Featuring a high waisted cut and satin fabric.
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    River Island Red high waisted floral print shorts
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    Keep it short and sweet in these floral printed high waisted shorts. Featuring a mid-thigh length with tailored panels and invisible back zip.
  • River Island Beige high waisted animal print shorts
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    River Island Beige high waisted animal print shorts
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    An off-beat print won't go amiss amongst your casual looks this season and these high waisted shorts are perfect for making a splash. Featuring a sleek cut with invisible back zip.
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    Make sure your new season wardrobe is checked out with these black and white printed smart shorts. Featuring a high waisted fit.
  • River Island Mid wash belted denim Mom shorts
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    River Island Mid wash belted denim Mom shorts
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    Your favourite jean has been reincarnated for summer in the form of these mid wash denim Mom shorts. Featuring frayed edge detail, zip fly with single button fastening and black chain trim waist belt.
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    River Island Mid wash ripped denim shorts
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    Relax your warm weather outfits with these mid wash ripped denim shorts. Featuring a frayed hem, exposed pocket bags, zip fly with single button fastening and mid rise.
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    Your cover up will be anything but an afterthought with these black lace shorts. Featuring scalloped hems and drawstring tie waist.
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    A hassle-free must-have, these light wash ripped denim boyfriend shorts will see you through summer, festival season and beyond. Featuring a zip fly with single button fastening, five pocket detail and turn ups.
  • River Island Blue petal print high waisted shorts
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    River Island Blue petal print high waisted shorts
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    Give your day looks a retro feel with these blue and white deco-inspired petal print shorts. Featuring a high waisted fit and zip fly with hook fastening.
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    River Island Light wash ripped high waisted denim shorts
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    Get your wardrobe festival-ready in an instant with these light wash relaxed denim high waisted shorts. Featuring ripped detail and frayed hems, zip fly with single button fastening and five pocket detail.
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    River Island Navy floral print casual shorts
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    Give your summer wardrobe a vintage twist in these navy floral print casual shorts. Featuring a high waisted fit and zip fly with single button fastening.
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    River Island Dark red note print shorts
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    Hit a style high note in these dark red musical note print high waisted shorts. Featuring turn ups and zip fly with single button fastening.
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    River Island Light wash ripped denim shorts
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    Get your wardrobe festival-ready in an instant with these light wash relaxed denim high waisted shorts. Featuring ripped detail and frayed hems, zip fly with single button fastening and five pocket detail.
  • River Island Pink floral jacquard high waisted shorts
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    River Island Pink floral jacquard high waisted shorts
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    A prim take on summer florals, these pale pink and blue jacquard shorts can be dressed up and down just by switching accessories. Featuring a high waisted fit and concealed zip back fastening.
  • River Island Mid wash high waisted stretch denim shorts
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    River Island Mid wash high waisted stretch denim shorts
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    A super flattering foundation for your summer looks, these mid wash denim shorts are a warm weather style saviour. Featuring a super stretch, high waisted fit, five pocket detail and zip fly with single button fastening.
  • River Island Blue smart high waisted shorts
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    River Island Blue smart high waisted shorts
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    Give your summer wardrobe some boyish charm in these smart blue high waisted shorts. Featuring a tapered shape, zip fly with hook fastening and metal detail thin waist belt.
  • River Island Cream perforated panel leather shorts
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    Cream perforated panel leather shorts.
  • River Island Pink aztec print high waisted shorts
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    River Island Pink aztec print high waisted shorts
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    Break with tradition and opt for something other than florals for spring in these pink aztec print casual shorts. Featuring a high waisted fit, zip fly with single button fastening and turn ups.
  • River Island Black suede high waisted shorts
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    River Island Black suede high waisted shorts
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    Introduce a fresh texture to your summer wardrobe with these soft black suede shorts. Featuring a flattering high waisted fit and zip fly with single button fastening.
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    River Island Light acid wash high waisted denim shorts
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    Get ready for summer with these light acid wash high waisted denim shorts. Featuring side zip detail, button fastening and cool acid wash, these will take you from festivals to holidays and everywhere in between.
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    River Island Black high waisted stretch shorts
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    A super flattering foundation for your summer looks, these black shorts are a warm weather style saviour. Featuring a super stretch, high waisted fit, gold tone side zips and zip fly with single button fastening.
  • River Island White high waisted stretch shorts
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    River Island White high waisted stretch shorts
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    A super flattering foundation for your summer looks, these white shorts are a warm weather style saviour. Featuring a super stretch, high waisted fit, gold tone side zips and zip fly with single button fastening.
  • River Island Light orange high waisted stretch shorts
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    River Island Light orange high waisted stretch shorts
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    A super flattering foundation for your summer looks, these light pastel orange shorts are a warm weather style saviour. Featuring a super stretch, high waisted fit, five pocket detail and zip fly with single button fastening.
  • River Island White leather high waisted shorts
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    River Island White leather high waisted shorts
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    Give your spring looks a clean-cut feel in these crisp white leather high waisted shorts. Featuring a zip fly with single button fastening and belt loops.
  • River Island Mid wash ripped denim high waisted shorts
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    River Island Mid wash ripped denim high waisted shorts
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    Relax your warm weather outfits with these mid wash ripped denim high waisted shorts. Featuring a frayed hem, zip fly with single button fastening and five pocket detail.
  • River Island Light acid wash high waisted denim shorts
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    River Island Light acid wash high waisted denim shorts
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    A cool-girl staple year-round, these light acid wash high waisted denim shorts are set to be a permanent resident in your wardrobe. Featuring a zip fly with single button fastening, five pocket detail and turn ups.
  • River Island Orange floral jacquard high waisted shorts
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    River Island Orange floral jacquard high waisted shorts
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    Play up a soft pastel palette in these pale orange and pink floral jacquard high waisted shorts. Featuring a zip fly with hook fastening and belt loops.
  • River Island Yellow linen long turn up shorts
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    River Island Yellow linen long turn up shorts
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    A chic summer must-have, these yellow linen shorts will add a playful colour pop to simple looks. Features cool turn up hems and back patch pocket.
  • River Island Green paper bag waist cargo shorts
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    River Island Green paper bag waist cargo shorts
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    Work spring's soft pastel palette in these pale green cargo shorts. Features paper bag waist and zip fly with single button fastening.
  • River Island Beige linen long turn up shorts
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    River Island Beige linen long turn up shorts
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    A chic summer must-have, these beige linen shorts are the epitome of cool city style. Features turn up hems and back patch pocket.
  • River Island Black velvet shorts
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    River Island Black velvet shorts
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    Black velvet shorts.
  • River Island Black button and chain knicker shorts
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    River Island Black button and chain knicker shorts
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    Black knicker shorts with front button and chain detail.
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