There’s far more to shorts than the humble cutoff. In fact, this seasonal mainstay now has a decidedly sophisticated appeal, thanks to designers like Isabel Marant and Rachel Zoe, who showed embroidered and leather versions on the runway for S/S 13. While their abbreviated cut and laid-back feel make them an integral part of any warm-weather look, shorts are also versatile enough for everything from backyard barbeques to al fresco cocktail soirees, thanks to all the chic styles on the market. We think it’s high time you add a pair--or three!--to your closet, so click through our slideshow and shop our favorite of-the-moment shorts now.
Hitting just above the knee, the Bermuda short exudes professional polish, making it an appropriate workplace piece. Elevate a smartly tailored pair with a blazer and open-toe pumps.
Punch Khaki Bermuda Shorts ($250)
Printed Bermuda Shorts ($242)
Meyer Straight Leg Walking Shorts ($118) in Off White
For a preppier take on the short, try a sleek color-block pair. Complement this style with a tucked-in chambray shirt and slippers for off-duty chic.
Cotton Cupro Paneled Shorts ($265)
Liz Shorts ($90)
Quilted Pocket Shorts ($421)
Inject a shot of color and embellishment into your summer wardrobe with a pair of embroidered shorts. These punchy designs beg for a music festival outing paired with a diaphanous top and studded sandals.
Embroidered Denim Shorts ($80)
Mae Shorts ($157)
Rendered in rich brocade or gleaming satin, these luxe-looking shorts are ready for a night on the town paired with a silky camisole and strappy high heels. Just remember: the shinier the better!
Metallic Brocade Shorts ($795)
Mini-Sequins Shorts ($70)
Flight Satin-Twill Shorts ($255)
Bring a pair of floral-print shorts along with you to your next getaway. Keep the eye-catching pattern in check with a neutral tank and gladiator sandals.
Wesson Shorts ($322)
Floral Embroidered Shorts ($491)
A charming pair of knit shorts is just what you need for long, lazy days at the beach or pool. Wear them with a lightweight sweater and printed canvas sneakers for extra charm.
Black Cable Knit Shorts ($135)
Cashmere Micro Shorts ($240)
Who says you can’t wear leather in warm weather? These edgy pairs easily toughen up a casual t-shirt and denim jacket, giving you an instantly cool city-girl vibe.
Leather Smith Shorts ($924)
Slip into a pair of shorts with a sweetly scalloped hem to give all your outfits a touch of femininity. For a cool contrast, we’d team these with lace-up oxfords.
Scallop Hem Shorts ($60)
The Scallop Shorts ($189) in Pettibon Blue
Scalloped Hem Shorts ($306)
Nod to the season’s athletic-inspired trend with a pair of sporty shorts. Just look for details like perforated leather or a drawstring waistband, and balance out the casual vibe with an elegant blouse.
Lace Up Sweat Shorts ($98)