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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.
  • Theory Shorts - City
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    Theory Shorts - City
    Crisp and chic in a cool linen blend, Theory's tailored shorts make a polished statement for sunny days ahead in the city and beyond. Linen/viscose/elastane. Dry clean. Imported. Zip fly with button closure, belt loops, front pleat. Side slit pockets, back slit pockets with button closure.
  • Theory Palmer S Shorts - White
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    Theory Palmer S Shorts - White
    Stretch twill Theory shorts have refined appeal with a minimalist silhouette and slim fit. 4 pocket styling. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Stretch twill. 98% cotton/2% spandex. Dry clean. Made in the USA. Measurements Rise: 9.25in / 23.5cm Inseam: 12.5in / 32cm Measurements from size 4. Available sizes: 0,2,4,6,8
  • THEORY Kaelin Silk Shorts
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    THEORY Kaelin Silk Shorts
    Silk Theory shorts zip fly closure, a double hook and eye fastening alongside a button and cross over hems. These shorts feature two front pouch pockets and two welt pockets on the reverse. Size selection: British sizing (American sizing) Fits true to size, take your normal size. Cut with a regular fit. 100% silk. Dry clean only.
  • Theory Shorts - City
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    Theory Shorts - City
    Crisp and chic in a cool linen blend, Theory's tailored shorts make a polished statement for sunny days ahead in the city and beyond. Linen/viscose/elastane. Dry clean. Imported. Zip fly with button closure, front pleat. Two side slit pockets, two back slit pockets with button closure.
  • Theory Crunch Bonari Shorts - White
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    Theory Crunch Bonari Shorts - White
    Crisp, lightweight Theory shorts in a high waisted profile. Slant hip pockets and flap back pockets. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Slubbed stretch weave. 62% linen/36% viscose/2% elastane. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Rise: 11in / 28cm Inseam: 4in / 10cm Measurements from size 2. Available sizes: 0,0,2,4,6,8,10
  • Theory Faded Bonari Shorts - Cyan
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    Theory Faded Bonari Shorts - Cyan
    Theory shorts cut from stretch suiting have vintage appeal with a high rise silhouette and pleated back pockets. Slant hip pockets. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Stretch suiting. 97% wool/3% polyurethane. Dry clean. Imported, Vietnam. Measurements Rise: 10.75in / 27cm Inseam: 4.25in / 10.5cm Measurements from size 4. Available sizes: 0,2,4,8
  • Theory Shorts - Kasim Checklist
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    Theory Shorts - Kasim Checklist
    Theory's streamlined shorts are a seasonal staple. Maximize the look with a matching blazer to create the buzzy new summer suit. Cotton/Lycra® spandex; lining: cotton. Dry clean. Made in USA. Concealed front zip fly, concealed hook closure, belt loops. Two angled front pockets, two slit back pockets. Lined.
  • Theory Gera suede culottes
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    Theory Gera suede culottes
    Suede is the fabric to be seen in this season. Theory's sand 'Gera' culottes are unlined to maximize their soft, supple feel and have adjustable tabs to define your waist. Wear them with a tucked-in blouse and mules.
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Theory Black Palmer Bermuda Shorts in size 6 Lightweight crepe finished with just a hint of stretch, cut in a casual crop just above the knee. Tab-front waist belt loops zip-fly slash pockets back welt pockets . Rise about 8" , inseam about 13" 58% cotton/38% rayon/4% spandex dry clean made in USA of imported fabric.
  • Theory Brendan Denim Shorts
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    Theory Brendan Denim Shorts
    Flawlessly fitting denim shorts to streamline casual looks. Belt loops and button at self waist. Front zip. Four-pocket style. Rise, about 13". Inseam, about 3". Cotton/elastane. Dry clean Made in USA of imported fabric. - Color: White - Sizes: 26,28,31,29,32,25,24,27,30
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    denim, solid color, high waisted, colored wash, front closure, 1 button, zip, multipockets, logo detail. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Polyurethane
  • Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
    TheoryPalanis Smooth-Front Bermuda ShortsDetailsTheory Palanis shorts in Approach crepe. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Side pockets. Cotton/nylon/spandex. Made in USA of Italian material. Model's measurements: Height 5'9. 5"/176cm, bust 31. 5"/80cm, waist 23"/58cm, hips 35"/89cm, dress size US 2. Shown styled with Vince ORSON crisscross strap footbed sandal in black
  • Theory Bonari Shorts
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    Theory Bonari Shorts
    Bonari Shorts These casually chic, crisp shorts are cut in a lean, slightly elongated silhouette for a figure-flattering effect. Belt loops. Zip fly with concealed hook-and-eye closure. Side slash pockets. Back flap patch pockets. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 4". Linen/viscose/elastane. Dry clean. Imported of Italian fabric. - Colors: Scarlet,White - Sizes: 00,6,12,8,10,0,2,4
  • Theory 'Bonari' wool blend shorts
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    Theory 'Bonari' wool blend shorts
    Garnering praise with its prim and poised structure, these Theory shorts are stunning in its tactile cut and refined artisanship. Enchanting in its plush peacock blue colour, this woolly pair is fitted at the high waist to flatter tall and slender figures.
  • Theory Inza Culottes
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    Theory Inza Culottes
    Free shipping and free returns—every day.
    Thoery navy wool-blend Inza culottes. Flat front, set-on waistband, quarter-top pockets, creased legs; darting and two welt pockets at back. Zip fly, double hook-and-bar closure, jigger button. Available in Navy. Wool/polyurethane. Dry clean. Imported. Our model is 5'10"/178cm and is wearing a size 6.
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Jean shorts summer 2012 5 pockets 100% cotton Size 4 Brand : THEORY.
  • Theory Nadrea Short Women's Shorts
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    Theory Nadrea Short Women's Shorts
    Perfect for summer days and great for summer nights, these Theory shorts are a great fit for you! ; Button, hook, and zipper closure with belt loops. Lace overlay shorts. Straight hem. Dry clean only. 100% cotton. Imported. Measurements: ; Waist Measurement: 29 in ; Outseam: 11 in ; Inseam: 2 in ; Front Rise: 9 in ; Back Rise: 14 in ; Leg Opening: 22 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 4. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
  • Theory Kaelin silk-crepe shorts
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    Theory Kaelin silk-crepe shorts
    Theory black Kaelin shorts. Silk-crepe. Two side slant pockets, two back welt pockets, curved hems. Concealed button, hook and zip fastening at front. 100% silk. Dry clean. Fits true to size, take your normal size. Low-rise, slightly loose fit. Mid-weight, non-stretchy fabric.
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Slip into these great bermuda Theory shorts! You'll be able to pair this amazing piece with many outfits and it features two buttons along the hips and add a delicate detail. Don't worry about being drab and go fab in these Theory shorts! 100% Authentic Material: 98% Cotton, 2% Lycra Origin: USA Size: 8 Waist: 32" Hips: 38" Inseam: 12.5" Length: 20.5" Condition: Pre-owned in very good condition - minor wear 5462-38 DA 6.18.12.
  • Theory Lynie Checklist Stretch Cotton Shorts
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    Theory Lynie Checklist Stretch Cotton Shorts
    These sharply tailored stretch cotton shorts are a polished staple for your casual closet. Concealed hook-and-eye at self waist. Zip front. Side slash pockets. Back welt pockets. Rise, about 8?". Inseam, about 4". Cotton/elastane. Dry clean. Imported. - Colors: Khaki,White,Black - Sizes: 00,6,12,0,8,10,2,4
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    denim, solid color, faded effect, mid rise, dark wash, front closure, button closing, zip, multipockets, multipockets, mini studs, logo detail. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Spandex
  • Theory Freeboard Mikee Short
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    Theory Freeboard Mikee Short
    Cotton blend. Shorts measure approx 11" in length.
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Theory Cotton Short Pants with pockets. US Size 0. Brand : THEORY.
  • Theory Gera Suede Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Gera Suede Bermuda Shorts
    Gera Suede Bermuda Shorts Theory luxuriously updates the essential wide-leg silhouette with these Bermuda shorts, cast in rich suede with adjustable buckle tabs at the back waist. Belt loops. Zip fly with clasp closure. Side patch pockets. Adjustable buck tabs at back waist. Back patch pockets. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 16". Leather. Dry clean by leather specialist. Imported. - Color: Fawn - Sizes: 6,10,8,0,4,2
  • Theory Kasim Checklist Stretch Cotton Shorts
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    Theory Kasim Checklist Stretch Cotton Shorts
    A polished take on the wardrobe essential, rendered in crisp stretch cotton Self waistband with belt loops. Concealed hook-and-bar closure. Zip fly. Front slant pockets. Back button welt pockets. Cotton lining. Rise, about 9". Inseam, about 3.5". Cotton/lycra. Dry clean. Made in USA of imported fabric. - Colors: Khaki,White,Navy,Black - Sizes: 00,6,12,8,10,0,2,4
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    denim, solid color, mid rise, light wash, front closure, button, zip, multipockets, logo detail. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Spandex
  • Theory Ellice Nadrea Short
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    Theory Ellice Nadrea Short
    100% cotton. Shorts measure approx 10" in length. Embroidered eyelet fabric.
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Beautiful soft suede leather shorts in sand. Size US 4. Brand : THEORY.
  • Theory Women's Ellice Eyelet Cotton Shorts - White (4)
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    Theory Women's Ellice Eyelet Cotton Shorts - White (4)
    TheoryEllice Eyelet Cotton ShortsDetailsTheory Ellice shorts in Nadrea eyelet. Low rise. Slim fit with athletic cuffs. Hook/zip front. Cotton. Imported. Model's measurements: Height 5'11"/180cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 24"/61cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4.
  • Theory Ellice Cotton Eyelet Shorts
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    Theory Ellice Cotton Eyelet Shorts
    These intricately patterned eyelet shorts are a cool hint of whimsy for warm-weather city looks. Concealed hook-and-eye at self waist. Zip front. Side slash pockets. Split cuffs Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 3". Cotton. Dry clean. Imported. - Color: White - Sizes: 00,6,12,8,0,10,2,4
  • Theory Bermuda
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    Theory Bermuda
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    plain weave, solid color, high waisted, no appliqués, hook-and-bar, zip, multipockets. Material:80% Cotton, 16% Polyamide, 4% Lycra
  • Theory Brendan Stretch Denim Shorts
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    Theory Brendan Stretch Denim Shorts
    Brendan Stretch Denim Shorts These stretch denim shorts have a sleek silhouette that promises the perfect fit. Belt loops and button at self waist. Zip front. Four-pocket style. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 3". Cotton/polyurethane. Dry clean. Made in USA of imported fabric. - Color: Sand Blue - Sizes: 29 (6-8),31 (10),28 (4-6)
  • Theory Women's Summer Micro Twill Shorts - Optic White (0)
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    Theory Women's Summer Micro Twill Shorts - Optic White (0)
    TheorySummer Micro Twill ShortsDetailsTheory Summer shorts in micro twill. Natural rise. Smooth front. Relaxed legs. Side button. Cotton/spandex. Imported. Shown styled with Diane von Furstenberg Urban Elastic SandalModel's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 23. 5"/60cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2/4, bra size 32B.
  • Theory Kaelin Shorts
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    Theory Kaelin Shorts
    Understated shorts tailored for a crisp finish. Concealed hook-and-eye at self waist. Zip front Side slash pockets. Back welt pockets. Rise, about 8". Inseam, about 4". Linen/viscose/spandex. Dry clean. Imported. - Color: Light Sage - Sizes: 00,12,6,8,10,0,4,2
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    gabardine, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
  • Theory Ellice Cotton Eyelet Shorts
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    Theory Ellice Cotton Eyelet Shorts
    Ellice Cotton Eyelet Shorts These intricately patterned eyelet shorts are a cool hint of whimsy for warm-weather city looks. Concealed hook-and-eye at self waist. Zip front. Side slash pockets. Split cuffs. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 3". Cotton. Dry clean. Imported. - Color: White - Size: 12
  • Theory Women's Brendan Raw Denim Shorts - Raw Blue (24)
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    Theory Women's Brendan Raw Denim Shorts - Raw Blue (24)
    TheoryBrendan Raw Denim ShortsDetailsBrendan style in Terni denim with contrast stitching. Regular rise. Front and back slip pockets. Relaxed legs. Button/zip front; belt loops. Cotton/polyurethane. Made in USA of imported material. Model's measurements: Height 5'9"/175cm, bust 32"/81cm, waist 25"/64cm, hips 34"/86cm, dress size US 2.
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    gabardine, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    crêpe, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:100% Silk
  • Theory Brendan Pinstriped Shorts
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    Theory Brendan Pinstriped Shorts
    Brendan Pinstriped Shorts A pinstripe print elevates these smartly tailored shorts with a polished finish. Belt loops and button at self waist. Zip front. Front welt pockets. Back patch pockets. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 3". Linen/viscose/elastane/cotton. Dry clean. Made in USA of imported fabric. - Color: Indigo - Sizes: 29 (6-8),31 (10)
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    denim, stripes, mid rise, logo detail, dark wash, front closure, button closing, zip, multipockets. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    crêpe, solid color, high waisted, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:100% Silk
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    crêpe, solid color, high waisted, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:100% Silk
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
    Up to an extra 80% off sale
    low waisted, belt loops, hook-and-bar, zip, multipockets, no appliqués, cotton twill, solid color. Material:96% Cotton, 4% Elastane
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