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.
  • Rick Owens Shorts
    Rick Owens Shorts
    No appliqués Cotton twill Solid color High waisted Drawstring closure Multipockets . Material:100% Virgin Wool
  • See By Chloé Bermuda
    See By Chloé Bermuda
    Cotton twill Solid color High waisted Zip Logo Two pockets . Material:98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
  • Drkshdw By Rick Owens Bermuda
    Drkshdw By Rick Owens Bermuda
    Solid color High waisted Drawstring closure Two front pockets Lined interior Jersey . Material:100% Cotton
  • Current/Elliott Denim Shorts
    Current/Elliott Denim Shorts
    Denim Torn fabric Mid Rise Solid color Colored wash Button, zip Five pockets Logo detail Studs Stitching Cuffed hems . Material:98% Cotton, 2% Elastane
  • Alice+Olivia Shorts
    Alice+Olivia Shorts
    Pleated detailing Lamé Tweed Stripes High waisted Zip . Material:57% Cotton, 25% Viscose, 13% Rayon, 4% Nylon, 1% Polyester
  • Acne Studios Sweat Shorts
    Acne Studios Sweat Shorts
    Solid color Drawstring closure Two pockets High waisted . Material:100% Cotton
  • Elle Sasson Shorts
    Elle Sasson Shorts
    Plain weave Solid color Mid Rise Hook-and-eye closure Four pockets . Material:100% Cotton
  • T By Alexander Wang Shorts
    T By Alexander Wang Shorts
    Plain weave Cotton twill Two-tone pattern Three pockets High waisted Side slit hemline . Material:95% Silk, 5% Spandex
  • Markus Lupfer Shorts
    Markus Lupfer Shorts
    Lamé Plain weave Jacquard Multicolor Pattern High waisted Hook-and-bar, zip Multipockets Darts . Material:95% Polyester, 5% Lurex
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim Bermuda
    3.1 Phillip Lim Bermuda
    Silk shantung Solid color Mid Rise Hook-and-bar, zip Three pockets Lined interior Darts . Material:87% Wool, 13% Polyamide
  • T By Alexander Wang Sweat Shorts
    T By Alexander Wang Sweat Shorts
    Embroidered detailing Coated effect Solid color Drawstring closure High waisted Three pockets . Material:100% Cotton, Polyurethane
  • Stella Jean Shorts
    Stella Jean Shorts
    Plain weave Multicolor Pattern High waisted Zip Two pockets . Material:100% Cotton
  • Peter Pilotto Shorts
    Peter Pilotto Shorts
    Satin Abstract Pattern High waisted Button, zip Pleated detailing Darts Two front pockets . Material:100% Silk
  • A.L.C. Bermuda
    A.L.C. Bermuda
    Crêpe Solid color Four pockets . Material:58% Viscose, 42% Acetate
  • Alexander Wang Shorts
    Alexander Wang Shorts
    Full fashioned shorts knitted in half milano fabric with pintuck detail. Double faced jacquard waistband with tubular join. 83% Rayon 16% Nylon 1% Spandex This item runs true to size with a body-conscious fit. Measures: 14" (36 cm) long DRY CLEAN ONLY. DUE TO THE DELICATE NATURE OF THIS FABRIC, WEARER SHOULD BE MINDFUL OF SURROUNDING OBJECTS WHICH MAY SNAG OR DAMAGE THE GARMENT. THIS PIECE IS PRONE TO NATURAL WEAR, ADDING TO ITS UNIQUENESS. Made in China.. Material:83% Rayon, 16% Nylon, 1% Spandex
  • Mm6 By Maison Margiela Bermuda
    Mm6 By Maison Margiela Bermuda
    Plain weave Solid color Drawstring closure Hook-and-bar, zip Four pockets Lined interior . Material:57% Linen, 43% Polyester
  • Alexander Wang Bermuda
    Alexander Wang Bermuda
    Double layered hybrid running short in classic wool tailoring. Sporty, semi sheer knit mesh side panels and sneaker detail pockets. Stretch waistband has adjustable front drawstring. 92% Viscose 8% Wool This item runs true to size with a classic fit. Measures: 22.5" (57 cm) long with a 13" (33 cm) Inseam DRY CLEAN ONLY. Made in China.. Material:92% Viscose, 8% Wool, Polyester
  • Opening Ceremony Shorts
    Opening Ceremony Shorts
    Crêpe Gabardine Multicolor Pattern High waisted Zip Darts . Material:53% Cotton, 42% Nylon, 5% Elastane
  • Dolce & Gabbana Shorts
    Dolce & Gabbana Shorts
    No appliqués Jacquard Plain weave Floral design High waisted Snap-buttons, zip Two front pockets . Material:76% Cotton, 18% Silk, 6% Viscose
  • Jonathan Saunders Bermuda
    Jonathan Saunders Bermuda
    Pleated detailing Crêpe Two-tone pattern High waisted Button, zip Belt Two pockets Unlined . Material:67% Silk, 33% Wool
  • J.W.Anderson Bermuda
    J.W.Anderson Bermuda
    Cotton twill Stripes Mid Rise Hook-and-bar, zip Wide leg cut Draped detailing Four pockets . Material:100% Silk
  • Maison Margiela 4 Bermuda
    Maison Margiela 4 Bermuda
    Jacquard Satin Solid color Three pockets Lined interior Pleated detailing . Material:100% Silk
  • Christopher Kane Denim Shorts
    Christopher Kane Denim Shorts
    Embroidered detailing Faded Effect Denim Solid color Dark wash High waisted Button, zip Five pockets . Material:100% Cotton
  • Antonio Berardi Bermuda
    Antonio Berardi Bermuda
    Jacquard Organza Two-tone pattern High waisted Hook-and-bar, zip Lined interior Two pockets . Material:80% Cotton, 15% Polyamide, 5% Polyester
  • Marni Shorts
    Marni Shorts
    Plain weave Stripes Hook-and-bar, button fly closure Two front pockets Mid Rise . Material:100% Cotton
  • The Elder Statesman Shorts
    The Elder Statesman Shorts
    Lightweight sweater Solid color Drawstring waist . Material:100% Cashmere
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