9 stylish + comfortable shorts that you’ll actually love wearing

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When it comes to summer fashion, there's a lot to love. Breezy dresses! Super cute sandals! Bathing suits that celebrate your awesome curves! And then there are shorts—a garment that after about the age of 12, we kind of just put up with. After all, it's hard to find a pair that doesn't ride up, threatening PH levels and making you do that duck-walk to inconspicuously dislodge them. (Spoiler alert: It's not inconspicuous.) Also, nothing blesses you with a righteous case of thigh chafe quite like a pair of ill-fitting shorts.

So now that summer temps rival the surface of the sun, what's a fashion (and temperature) conscious woman to do? Well, a bit of research, that's what. Don't have time? I've got you. (And if you're rocking a bump, check out these maternity shorts instead!) Note, I didn't include biker shorts because they're awesome enough to get their own round-up.

From my favorite personal recs to top suggestions from internet shoppers, I've rounded up a selection of comfortable and stylish shorts that make a solid addition to your summer wardrobe. From summer vacations to backyard BBQs, these styles will keep you cool and looking fresh, no duck-walking required.

Everlane Cotton Twill Short


Probably one of my favorite Everlane purchases ever, these high-waisted shorts are the perfect everyday staple. The flattering fit nips at the narrowest part of your waist while a looser fit through the butt and thighs keeps them from riding up. They're made from a sturdy (but not stiff) cotton twill which gives them a polished but casual look you can easily dress up or down. (And the pockets are even deep enough to be useful!)

Inseam length: 3 inches

Available in sizes 00-16

Spanx Stretch Twill Short


If you're just learning that Spanx offers more than underwear and leggings, welcome! Now you never have to wear pants with buttons again! These comfortable but classy pull-on shorts are made from a butter-soft stretchy twill with a smooth, flat front that doesn't bag out after you sit down for too long. (No thank you on that wrinkly crotch look.) They're garment dyed which means the color is slightly faded and will wear over time, so wash them inside out to preserve the look you love!

Inseam length: 4 inches

Available in sizes XS-XL

Athleta Cabo Linen 4" Short


A pair of linen shorts you can dress up or down is perfect for summer travels. This pair from Athleta gets rave reviews for their versatility and fit which is comfortable and relaxed without being sloppy. The wide elastic waistband doesn't roll or fold and according to fans the white isn't see-through either.

Inseam length: 4 inches

Available in sizes 0-26

Old Navy Mid-Rise Twill Everyday Shorts


At $15 bucks a pop, you can't go wrong with this best-selling short from Old Navy. (Seriously, they have over 3K reviews!) The high waistband eliminates gaps while the twill offers just the right amount of stretch to stay comfortable and wrinkle-free. A crisp and comfortable style that's ready for everything from beach strolls to seaside mimosas.

Inseam length: 5-5.75 inches depending on size

Available in sizes 0-20

J. Crew Seaside Short in Linen Blend


Another top-rated linen option, the J. Crew Seaside Short is a stylish way to add a fun color pop to your shorts collection. They're available in eleven different colors like frosty aqua, bitter lemon and neon fuchsia that look fantastic with chambray tops and fresh kicks. And when you're feeling a little more refined? No problem. They come in traditional colors like navy, black and white, too.

Inseam length: 3 inches

Available in sizes XXXS-3X

Universal Standard Sunny Swim Shorts


Don't be fooled by the name. The stylish and versatile Sunny Swim Short from Universal Standard can go anywhere the wind takes you. Sure, they're made from a quick-dry fabric that you can pull on over your damp suit, but the casual, cool cut looks good even when you're not poolside. They've got a subtle high-low inseam that keeps them from riding up and even have pockets for your essentials.

Inseam length: Not specified

Available in sizes 00-40

Madewell Relaxed Denim Shorts in Rosemount Wash


Madewell does denim right and if I had to pick a favorite this season, these would be it. The whisper fade and just-right level of destruction brings all the vintage lived-in vibes while the relaxed fit doesn't squeeze your thighs or ride up. Prepare to live in them all summer long. (And every summer because after sixty years, it's probably safe to say this timeless style isn't going anywhere.)

Inseam length: 3 inches

Available in sizes 23-33

Universal Thread High Rise Shorts

Universal Thread High rise Shorts

The paper bag style is hot this year and I have to say, I'm not mad about it. Not only does the high-waisted flatter all shapes and sizes, but it's also super comfortable while still looking polished. This pair from Target's Universal Thread line offers an affordable way to jump on the trend because who knows if we'll still be rocking it next summer?

Inseam length: 3 inches

Available in sizes XS-XXL

Carve Designs Oahu Twill Shorts


I am seeing Carve Designs' Oahu shorts all over my Instagram feed, and for good reason. These shorts are the perfect length (not too short, not too long!), so approved for Goldilocks and for moms. Plus they come in a whole range of fun colors for summer.

Inseam length: 4 inches

Available in sizes 0-16

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