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
  • 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
  • Elle Sasson Shorts
    Elle Sasson Shorts
    Plain weave Solid color Mid Rise Hook-and-eye closure Four pockets . Material:100% Cotton
  • Acne Studios Sweat Shorts
    Acne Studios Sweat Shorts
    Solid color Drawstring closure Two pockets High waisted . 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
  • Mm6 By Maison Margiela Shorts
    Mm6 By Maison Margiela Shorts
    No appliqués Coated effect Gabardine Solid color Mid Rise Zip Snap button closure Multipockets . 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Opening Ceremony Shorts
    Opening Ceremony Shorts
    Crêpe Gabardine Multicolor Pattern High waisted Zip Darts . Material:53% Cotton, 42% Nylon, 5% Elastane
  • Acne Studios Bermuda
    Acne Studios Bermuda
    Flannel Solid color High waisted Hook-and-eye closure Zip Four pockets . Material:100% Wool
  • Rick Owens Bermuda
    Rick Owens Bermuda
    Satin Solid color Two pockets High waisted Drawstring closure . Material:100% Silk
  • T By Alexander Wang Shorts
    T By Alexander Wang Shorts
    Hook-and-eye closure Zip Crêpe Solid color High waisted Multipockets Unlined . Material:100% Polyester
  • 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
  • Damir Doma Bermuda
    Damir Doma Bermuda
    Belt Crêpe Solid color High waisted Hook-and-eye closure Zip Multipockets . Material:75% Polyester, 22% Viscose, 3% Elastane
  • 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
  • N° 21 3/4-Length Short
    N° 21 3/4-Length Short
    Lace Solid color High waisted Two front pockets Lined interior Pleated detailing . Material:74% Cotton, 26% Polyamide
  • Marni Shorts
    Marni Shorts
    Plain weave Stripes Hook-and-bar, button fly closure Two front pockets Mid Rise . Material:100% Cotton
  • Rick Owens Bermuda
    Rick Owens Bermuda
    Embroidery Jacquard Baize High waisted Drawstring closure Lined interior Solid color . Material:100% Cashmere
  • The Elder Statesman Shorts
    The Elder Statesman Shorts
    Lightweight sweater Solid color Drawstring waist . Material:100% Cashmere
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