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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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  • Theory Alem Shorts - Calico
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    Theory Alem Shorts - Calico
    A classic, clean lined silhouette lends timeless appeal to cuffed Theory shorts. Slant hip pockets and welt back pockets. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Poplin. 95% cotton/5% elastane. Wash cold or dry clean. Imported, Vietnam. Measurements Rise: 8.25in / 21cm Inseam: 4in / 10cm Measurements from size 2. Available sizes: 0,2,4,6,10
  • Theory Shorts - Palanis Approach
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    Theory Shorts - Palanis Approach
    Cotton/spandex. Dry clean. High rise, flat front. Concealed zip side closure. Two slit hip pockets. Bermuda length, back darts.
  • Theory Seltha Shorts - Cactus
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    Theory Seltha Shorts - Cactus
    Crisp pleats lend easy volume to wide leg Theory shorts. Oversized patch back pockets lend a utilitarian feel. Slant hip pockets. Optional self belt. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Poplin. 95% cotton/5% elastane. Dry clean. Made in the USA. Imported fabric. Measurements Rise: 11.5in / 29cm Inseam: 8.75in / 22cm Measurements from size 4. Available sizes: 0,2,4,6,8,10
  • Theory Shorts - Alem Light Poplin
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    Theory Shorts - Alem Light Poplin
    Cotton/elastane. Dry clean. Imported. Zip fly with hook-and-eye closure. Two slit hip and two slit back pockets, rolled cuffs.
  • Theory Shorts - Seltha B Seasons
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    Theory Shorts - Seltha B Seasons
    Viscose/virgin wool/elastane. Dry clean. Made in USA. Zip fly with flat hook-and-eye closure, attached self-tie belt, front pleats. Two slit hip and two slit back pockets.
  • 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 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. Cotton; lining: polyester/polyurethane. Dry clean. Made in USA. Zip fly with button closure, belt loops, front pleat. Side slit pockets, 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: 2,4,6,8
  • 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 Classic Suede Gera Shorts - Warm Fawn
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    Theory Classic Suede Gera Shorts - Warm Fawn
    Rich suede Theory shorts with a wide, skirt like profile. Adjustable, buckled tabs accent the waist. Slant front pockets and patch back pockets. Hook and eye closure and zip fly. Fabric: Leather. 100% pigskin. Leather clean. Imported, China. Measurements Rise: 10.25in / 26cm Inseam: 15in / 38cm Measurements from size 4. Available sizes: 0,2,6,8
  • Pre-owned Theory Eileen W, Fabric: Scene, Style: 80504264 Bermuda Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Eileen W, Fabric: Scene, Style: 80504264 Bermuda Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • Theory Front Pleat Shorts
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    Theory Front Pleat Shorts
    White cotton front pleat shorts from Theory.
  • Theory Cotton poplin city shorts
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    Theory Cotton poplin city shorts
    An astute rendition of the modern-sophisticate charisma that is synonymous with the brand, Theory's city shorts are a metropolitan woman's essential. This pair is made from cooling cotton poplin and are neatly tailored for a subtly flattering fit.
  • 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: 26,28,29,31,32,25,27,24,30
  • Theory City Short 2 in Crunch
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    Theory City Short 2 in Crunch
    FIT: This short hits mid-thigh, the optimal length for transitioning from work to play. Featuring strong lines and frontal pockets. Bold and classic. FABRIC: Made from Crunch, a lightweight stretch linen viscose. Light ironing is recommended. HOW TO WEAR IT: Pair these loose shorts with a casual and classy T-shirt and the Jasper slide. 62% Linen, 36% Viscose, 2% Elastane. Measurement from size 4. Waist along top edge: 30 3/4 inches. Inseam: 6 inches. Fly zipper: 4 1/2 inches. Dry clean only.
  • theory Slouch Summer Suit Short
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    theory Slouch Summer Suit Short
    Zip fly with hook-and-bar closure 2 front slash pockets. 2 back welt pockets with button closure. Pleated detail. Cuffed hem. Approx. 10" rise, 8.5" inseam. Imported. Fiber Content: 80% cotton, 16%polyamide, 4% Lycra. Care: Dry clean.
  • Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
    Theory Palanis shorts in Approach crepe. Approx. measurements: 10.6\" rise, 10.3\" inseam, 17.3\" outseam, 10\" leg opening. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Side pockets. Cotton/nylon/spandex. Dry clean. 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.
  • Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
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    Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
    Color: White. Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts Details: Theory shorts in Crunch twill. Approx. measurements: 10. 5" rise, 6" inseam, 15. 5" outseam; 26" leg opening. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Hook/zip front; belt loops. Linen/viscose/spandex. Dry clean. Imported. Model's measurements: Height 5'10"/177cm, bust 34"/86cm, waist 24"/61cm, hips 35"/89cm, dress size US 2.
  • Piece & Co. and Theory 'City Short' Block Print Cotton Shorts
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    Piece & Co. and Theory 'City Short' Block Print Cotton Shorts
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    A verdant print peppered with subtle irregularities lends a handcrafted look to a pair of high-rise cotton shorts imbued with easy, worldly appeal. Piece & Co. sources one-of-a-kind, artisan-made products and textiles for some of the world's top fashion brands. These collaborations provide sustainable employment for female artisans in developing countries across the globe, empowering women, piece by piece. Brand: theory. Style Name: Piece & Co. and Theory 'City Short' Block Print Cotton Shorts (Nordstrom Exclusive). Style Number: 1024701.
  • Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
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    Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
    Theory. Lightweight Long City Shorts. Theory shorts in Crunch twill. Approx. measurements: 10.5" rise, 6" inseam, 15.5" outseam; 26" leg opening. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Hook/zip front; belt loops. Linen/viscose/spandex. Dry clean. Imported.
  • Theory Grega Wide-Leg Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Grega Wide-Leg Bermuda Shorts
    Grega Wide-Leg Bermuda Shorts A wide-leg silhouette lends modern sophistication to this warm-weather staple. Belt loops. Zip fly with clasp closure. Slash pockets. Back buttoned welt pockets. Wide-leg silhouette. Rise, about 12". Inseam, about 18". Viscose/virgin wool/elastane. Dry clean. Made in USA of Italian fabric. - Color: Navy - Sizes: 00,6,12,8,10,0,2,4
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
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    denim, solid color, high waisted, colored wash, front closure, 1 button, zip, multipockets, logo detail. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Polyurethane
  • 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 Straight-leg suede culottes
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    THEORY Straight-leg suede culottes
    Embrace the season's 1970s revival with Theory's suede culottes. In a dark-beige shade they feature a straight-leg cut and large pockets with visible stitching. Team with a crisp white blouse and heeled sandals between seasons.
  • Pre-owned Theory Palmer S/bistretch B1104229 Bermuda Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Palmer S/bistretch B1104229 Bermuda Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • Theory Front Pleat Shorts
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    Theory Front Pleat Shorts
    Navy blue cotton front pleat shorts from Theory.
  • Theory City Short 2 in Crunch
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    Theory City Short 2 in Crunch
    FIT: This short hits mid-thigh, the optimal length for transitioning from work to play. Featuring strong lines and frontal pockets. Bold and classic. FABRIC: Made from Crunch, a lightweight stretch linen viscose. Light ironing is recommended. HOW TO WEAR IT: Pair these loose shorts with a casual and classy T-shirt and the Jasper slide. 62% Linen, 36% Viscose, 2% Elastane. Measurement from size 4. Waist along top edge: 30 3/4 inches. Inseam: 6 inches. Fly zipper: 4 1/2 inches. Dry clean only.
  • 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.
  • Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
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    Theory Lightweight Long City Shorts
    Theory shorts in Crunch twill. Approx. measurements : 10.5\" rise, 6\" inseam, 15.5\" outseam; 26\" leg opening. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Hook/zip front; belt loops. Linen/viscose/spandex. Dry clean. Imported. Model's measurements: Height 5'10\"/177cm, bust 34\"/86cm, waist 24\"/61cm, hips 35\"/89cm, dress size US 2.
  • Theory Blaynee Striped Shorts
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    Theory Blaynee Striped Shorts
    Theory. Blaynee Striped Shorts. Theory Blaynee shorts in Playfully striped twill. Low rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Viscose/nylon. Made in USA of Italian material.
  • Theory 'City Short 2' Linen Blend Shorts
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    Theory 'City Short 2' Linen Blend Shorts
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    Cut from a breezy linen-blend fabric, relaxed mid-length shorts are perfect for lunch meetings and long walks on the beach alike. Brand: theory. Style Name: Theory 'City Short 2' Linen Blend Shorts. Style Number: 1045132.
  • Theory Summer Twill Shorts
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    Theory Summer Twill Shorts
    Stretch-cotton shorts with a side zipper for casual weekend style . Banded waist. Concealed side zipper with snap closure. Rise, about 11". Inseam, about 2.5". Cotton/elastane. Dry clean. Made in USA of imported fabric. - Colors: Lilac,Black - Sizes: 00,6,12,10,0,8,2,4
  • Theory Crunch City Shorts
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    Theory Crunch City Shorts
    Crunch City Shorts Rendered in a crisp Italian linen blend, an impeccably tailored must-have for a modern minimalist take on everyday polish. Belt loops. Hook-and-eye closure with zip fly. Slash pockets. Back waist darts. Back besom pockets. Rise, about 14". Inseam, about 5". Linen/viscose/elastane. Dry clean. Imported of Italian fabric. - Color: White - Sizes: 00,6,12,10,8,0,4,2
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
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    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
  • Pre-owned Theory Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Shorts
    Theory Cotton Short Pants with pockets. US Size 0. Brand : THEORY.
  • Pre-owned Theory Cuffed Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Cuffed Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • Theory Blaynee Striped Shorts
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    Theory Blaynee Striped Shorts
    Theory Blaynee shorts in Playfully striped twill. Low rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Viscose/nylon. Made in USA of Italian material. Model's measurements: Height 5'10\"/177cm, bust 34\"/86cm, waist 24\"/61cm, hips 35\"/89cm, dress size US 2.
  • 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: 00,6,12,0,10,8,2,4
  • Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts
    Theory. Palanis Smooth-Front Bermuda Shorts. Theory Palanis shorts in Approach crepe. Approx. measurements: 10.6" rise, 10.3" inseam, 17.3" outseam, 10" leg opening. Regular rise. Side pockets. Relaxed legs. Side pockets. Cotton/nylon/spandex. Dry clean. Made in USA of Italian material.
  • Theory Palanis Stretch Cotton Shorts
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    Theory Palanis Stretch Cotton Shorts
    Palanis Stretch Cotton Shorts Elongated shorts, impeccably tailored in crisp stretch cotton for a flawless fit and feel. Concealed side zip closure. Side slash pockets. Seamed back waist. Rise, about 11". Inseam, about 8". Cotton/nylon/elastane. Dry clean. Made in USA of Italian fabric. - Color: Navy - Sizes: 00,12,6,10,8,0,4,2
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
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    denim, solid color, mid rise, light wash, front closure, button, zip, multipockets, logo detail. Material:98% Cotton, 2% Spandex
  • Pre-owned Theory Linen Summer Spring Bermuda Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Linen Summer Spring Bermuda Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • 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 Palmer Stretch Cotton Bermuda Shorts
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    Theory Palmer Stretch Cotton Bermuda Shorts
    Palmer Stretch Cotton Bermuda Shorts Expertly crafted from sumptuous stretch cotton, this solid Bermuda short focuses on classic detailing for a streamlined finish. Belt loops. Zip fly with hook-and-bar closure. Side slash pockets. Back buttoned welt pockets. Rise, about 10". Inseam, about 12". Cotton/Lycra. Dry clean. Made in USA of Italian fabric. - Color: Black - Sizes: 6,10,0,8,2,4
  • 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: 00,6,12,10,0,8,2,4
  • Pre-owned Theory Bermuda (size 8) Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Bermuda (size 8) Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
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    gabardine, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
  • 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: 00,6,12,10,8,0,2,4
  • 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: 00,6,8,0,2,4
  • Pre-owned Theory Woman Designer Pocketed Casual Us Size 4 Bermuda Shorts
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    Pre-owned Theory Woman Designer Pocketed Casual Us Size 4 Bermuda Shorts
    Shorts by Theory at Tradesy
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
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    gabardine, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
  • 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. - Colors: Light Sage,Black - Sizes: 00,6,12,8,10,0,2,4
  • 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: 6,0,8,10,4,2
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
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    crêpe, solid color, mid rise, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:100% Silk
  • Theory Denim Shorts
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    Theory Denim Shorts
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    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
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    crêpe, solid color, high waisted, no appliqués, hook-and-eye closure, zip, multipockets. Material:100% Silk
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
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    crêpe, solid color, high waisted, 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),28 (4-6)
  • Theory Shorts
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    Theory Shorts
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    high waisted, belted waistline, hook-and-bar, zip, multipockets, no appliqués, china silk, solid color. Material:100% Silk
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