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    26 Shorts So You Can Have Fun In The Sun *And* Cover Your Bum

    All the cutest shorts that won't show your cheeks. 🍑

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    1. Breathable drawstring shorts you can easily dress up or down.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shorts are very cute. I liked them so much that I ordered a second pair in a different color. They fit true to size, and they are comfortable and the perfect length. I'm not into shorty shorts, nor am I into long shorts. These fit mid/upper thigh and have an elastic waistband with a drawstring. They are roomy without being baggy and look really cute with pretty much any top." —Tammy

    Get them from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five styles).

    2. Belted skorts that prove there's more to you than meets the eye.

    Nasty Gal

    Get them from Nasty Gal for $20 (originally $50, available in S–L).

    3. Rolled denim shorts because they are a wardrobe staple. Fold the hem or wear them unrolled for a more casual vibe.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are probably the best shorts I've ever invested in... they are just the right length. Not mom shorts, not crotch wedgie shorts, but like Goldilocks, they're juuuuust right. I'm probably gonna buy two or three more of these suckers because a gem like this is hard to find." —RR

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 24–34 and five styles).

    4. Bike shorts for those days when it's too hot for regular leggings. Bonus: Wear them under your skirts to prevent chafing, AKA the worst thing about summer.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "High waist with some compression. Do not fall down, roll, or bunch. Phone pocket is an added bonus. Wash and dry well. Pictures taken after washed and dried. Wear on repeat well. I was looking for something too that would make me feel more comfortable when I wear dresses: to help with sweaty thighs, playing on the floor with kids, etc. FOUND IT! I also wear around the house and for yoga." —Bailey M

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in XS–XXXL and 19 styles).

    5. Comfy shorts to slip on over your bathing suit — seriously, you'll want to always have these in your beach bag.

    Nordstrom

    Shoppers say these shorts are a bit sheer, so you may want to reserve them for beachwear or when you're poolside. That said, you can totally get away with wearing them to brunch or while running errands if you pop on a pair of nude underwear.

    Get them from Nordstrom for $26.40 (originally $44, available in sizes XXS–XL and chambray).

    6. Cotton pom-pom shorts that'll shine whether you wear them over a bathing suit or with a going out top.

    J. Crew Factory

    Shoppers recommend sizing down if you prefer a tighter fit.

    Get them from J.Crew Factory for $14.50 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and three colors).

    7. Soft lounge shorts for those days when it's too hot to function.

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    Promising review: "So glad I found these shorts! The length is perfect and I'm not worried about my booty falling out of them or having my cellulite show. They're thick enough to hide a panty-line. And I just did leg day while wearing them without any issues. They're true to size: I wear a 4 usually and ordered a small, and they fit perfectly. I'm going to be ordering more pairs!" —yourstrulydear

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95 (available in XS–S).

    8. Pineapple-printed chino shorts because nothing can say, "I'm fun" like bright yellow fruits.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are brilliant! Most 'formal' shorts are stupidly expensive (looking at you, LLB & LE) but at this price I am getting more for sure! Front pockets are deep enough for a mobile, keys, whatever. A little stretch keeps them from binding while walking or sitting. I am getting old enough to want a little more length in my shorts and these are perfect." —Curious

    Get them from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in sizes 0–20 and 23 styles).

    9. Cuffed black high-waisted shorts to pair with all your summery crop tops.

    ModCloth

    Get them from ModCloth for $39 (available in sizes 00–28 and denim blue).

    10. Polka-dotted shorts so everyone can ~spot~ how stylish you are from a mile away.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "These shorts are just adorable and very comfortable. They run roomy, and the length is great... not too short, not too long. Love the polka dots and the cinnamon color." —Terrip123

    Get them from Nordstrom for $41.70 (originally $69.50, available in sizes 24–31).

    11. Paperbag shorts you can wear to the office and date night with your partner.

    Torrid

    Promising review: "I really like these shorts! The pattern is very flattering, and the high waist/tie front help to hide my 'mommy pooch,' while making my waist look small. They are a nice weight, not too heavy, and hang nicely." —BLONDIEBABE

    Get them from Torrid for $44.90 (available in sizes 10–30).

    12. Scalloped-hem shorts you'll find a picture of in the dictionary under the word "classy."

    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "I bought these in green because I liked the color and the scallops are cute. I like my shorts to have good room in the thighs, and luckily, these did. They have a nice A-line shape that doesn't cling to my legs. The waist is a bit big, but I don't mind if they hang a bit lower on my waist as long as the legs are roomy." —BuildingOffBasics

    Get them from J.Crew Factory for $19.50 (available in sizes 00–16 and six styles).

    13. Cute eyelet shorts that'll earn you a ton of compliments. Be prepared to get tired of saying, "thank you."

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! The fit is great and comfortable. I love that it can be worn with a basic shirt or a nice blouse." —TillyFrillyBee

    Get them from Anthropologie for $80 (available in sizes XS–M).

    14. Lightweight linen shorts for when just the thought of walking outside has you sweating.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these shorts. I bought them in all the colors. I was headed to Jamaica and needed some comfy shorts. These were perfect as casual shorts on the beach or a bit more dressed up when paired with a cute top and cute shoes. They are so freakin comfy! Love them and as I said, I bought them in every color. They fit true to size I would say. If anything they run on the larger size...but pretty true to size." —zgirl

    Get them from Amazon for $18.45+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 16 styles).

    15. Wrinkle-free jersey shorts so no one has to know you slept in them too. Yes, they're that comfy!

    Asos

    Get them from Asos for $24 (available in sizes XXS–XL).

    16. Pastel corduroy shorts that I want for myself so BRB gonna add those to my cart now.

    Nordstrom

    Buy them from Nordstrom for $27.49 (originally $55, available in sizes 2–14 and in pink).

    17. Striped bike shorts because they are this season's "it shorts" and will go with E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I don't like to wear leggings in the summer, but want something shorter and more breathable, but still cute. These make my legs look slim and I love the basic style so I can pair this with anything on top and look effortlessly stylish. I recommend if you're hesitating!" —lunamars

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $30 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    18. Office-appropriate high-waisted paperbag shorts that'll help you earn your ~stripes~.

    ModCloth

    Get them from ModCloth for $34.99 (originally $49, available in sizes XS–M, XL and green).

    19. Cotton sailor shorts so you can cruise into summer in style.

    Nordstrom

    Get them from Nordstrom for $35.40 (originally $59, available in sizes 4–18).

    20. Stretchy denim shorts because how can you say no to seconds of yummy summer barbecue foods?

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with these shorts! They cover everything, are super comfortable and soft, not too short, and look age appropriate for a 30-something." —livvycat

    Get them from Nordstrom for $39 (available in sizes 24–32).

    21. Faded denim shorts that look perfectly worn in — no need to break in these bad boys!

    Nordstrom

    Get them from Nordstrom for $46.80 (originally $78, available in sizes 24–28).

    22. Floral shorts with a matching top so you don't spend an hour staring at your closet thinking, "I have nothing to wear."

    Asos

    Get them from Asos for $56 (available in sizes 0–14).

    23. Timeless white shorts because now you'll always look put together.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I have been wearing these shorts for years and get new colors every year! Now my daughter loves them so I got her three pairs for this summer! True to size, great length for ya tall 5’9” gals, and just the right amount of stretch. Colors are rich. Dark colors to tend to fade but still look great!" —121anthro

    Get them from Anthropologie for $58 (available in sizes 24–32 and six styles).

    24. Statement-making floral print shorts so you can throw on a plain T-shirt and go, plus a solid-colored version that goes with anything.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! It’s been a long time since I have found shorts that actually fit well! I am 5’5” and 140 pounds, and fit. I bought size 6. Generally I find that shorts and pants are WAY too big in the waist. These shorts fit well in both the hips and waist, and have just enough stretch to be ultra comfortable. The chambray color is an entirely different fabric, but comfortable and lightweight for summer. I actually have five pairs now (all different colors)." —Love2Swim

    Get them from Amazon for $13.79+ (available in sizes 0–20 and 15 styles).

    25. Bright-colored high-waisted shorts because every day should be ~mango~ificent.

    ModCloth

    Get them from ModCloth for $44.99 (originally $59, available in sizes 2–14).

    26. No-nonsense camo shorts that can't hide how awesomely stylish you are.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "I have never been able to find shorts that fit nicely but finally hit the jackpot on these. I only wish they had them in navy blue! They sell out fast for good reason. They are perfect for my thicker, athletic thighs and the 5-inch length is perfect. Not too short or too long. The perfect flattering length." —K2J639

    Get them from Nordstrom for $45 (available in sizes 4P–18 and five styles).

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