Think you can't pull off ladies shorts? Think again! We've got a piar to suit every size, taste and shape...
Temperatures are on the up! And whilst the thought of balmy nights and sunshine-filled mornings certainly appeals, the idea of flashing more skin than we usually would doesn’t seem to have the same uplifiting effect.
No matter how hard you try to cover up, some summer days require a little less material. But the thought of flashing your pins in a pair of shorts doesn’t have to fill you with dread – retailers have finally started to design with all shapes in mind, and you can guarantee that there’s a perfect style for you out there.
Whether you’re pear shaped and don’t feel great baring your legs, or an apple shape that wants to draw attention away from your middle, all you need is a few clever styling tricks to ensure that you look fabulous, whatever the occasion this season. From short shorts to the trend that really goes the extra mile, there’s no reason not to update your wardrobe with a buy that you’ll wear summer after summer.
Easy to wear (blustery winds won’t play havoc like skirts!), versatile enough for every occasion (work days, weddings and weekends) and flattering when tailored and pin-tucked, our edit of the best shorts across the high street is proof that they should fast become your favourite summer staple!
These linen shorts from White Stuff are a classic pair that’ll suit every woman. In easy to wear soft linen fabric and a universally-flattering khaki hue, they look fabulous paired with a patterned tunic top. They shit mid-thigh, so you won’t feel like you’ll be exposing to much flesh, either!
Click through to see our pick of the best, then start shopping for a whole new wardrobe that you never would have believed you can pull off (but you totally can!)…
Ladies – a paperbag waist is your slimming saviour! If it’s the tummy area you’re conscious of, these beauties are great at taking inches off and hiding the over-the-waistband bulge. Pair with khaki to embrace the safari trend, or keep it simple with a white T-shirt and espadrilles.
Tailored, a flattering longer length and beautiul summer floral pattern – we’re sold on these shorts from M&S. Be bold and embrace the garden party look – just add a crisp white shirt and a rope heel sandal for a grown-up take on the look.
These longer-length denim shorts have a masculine edge with pintucks and turn-ups so if you usually reach for smart trousers, then make this pair your summer alternative. A buttoned-up shirt maintains the androgynous look but style with a pretty white top and wedge heels for a more feminine flair.
Those who feel uncomortable bearing their legs – we’ve found the perfect
stylish solution! Culottes are so on trend right now, and they cover a
multitude of sins whilst keeping you cool in the heat. These comfortable navy ones will look great smartened up with a shirt and heels, or try with some must-have sliders for a cool look.
For something that’s both on-trend and flattering, choose this season’s favourite fabric – suede. The slimming pockets and high waist will streamline your shape, while the light hue will enhance a tan. Add heeled sandals and an embellished top to finish the look.
Yes, they’re short, but those who want to add length to their legs will do well to pick up a pair of these easy to wear shorts.
The vertical detailing will slim, whilst the asymmetric hem adds an
extra inch that makes all the difference. Keep these for beach wear for an easy to slip on cover-up.
If covering a tummy bulge is the priority for you, try some clever fabric layering with these wrap-effect shorts.
The clever pleating slims in an instant, while vertical stripes are an instant shape-slimmer. Classic monochrome can be paired with
almost anything, but we’ll be dressing them up with a blazer and heels.
Who says shorts can’t be worn for special occasions?! Thanks to this season’s longer length styles,
you can ditch the skirts and dresses and opt for something altogether
more comfortable for this summer’s holiday. We love the broderie anglaise deatiling on these culottes, which look perfect with tan accessories.
Give your legs some breathing room with the help of these glossy shorts. The wide fit means you won’t have to worry if you’re pear-shaped – they
will definitely fit across the hips! Embrace Boho and wear with sandals
and lots of fringing.