The World Cup starts this Thursday, so that means lots of men in shorts on our TV screens. But shorts are not confined to the football pitch, tennis court or any other sporting arena. This summer, shorts are having a fashion moment.

Short shorts, denim shorts, city shorts long shorts, glitzy evening shorts. They’re acceptable for almost every occasion – from a night out to a wedding, to an afternoon at the beach. Here are a whole load of our favourite shorts for all occasions this summer


Pull on a pair of shortsover your nbinki or swimsuit and you’re ready to head to the bar. Opt for light fabrics, drawstring waists for ease and comfort.

beach shorts

Clockwise, from top left: Beach, £25, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, pink, £29.99, Superdry, pink tropical print, £7.99, H&M, blue tropical shirts, £9.99, black and white print, £14.99, both New Look


Shorts are a great alternative to skirts for a col and elegant city look. Great for work, or daytime lunch meetings, or a wedding. Keep your city shorts a longer length.

cirty shortsClockwise, from top left: Check chinos, £14.99, H&M, white long, £69, French Connection, pink cotton, £28, Red Herring @ Debenhams, ombre toned, £55, Edition by Jonathan Saunders @ Debenhams


Simple, short shorts. Perfect for showing off those pins, and all you need on a holiday this summer. Keep colours bright, floral patterns are great, as are this season’s pastels.

short shortsClockwise, from top left: orange neon trimmed, £17.99, New Look, yellow floral, £5.99, H&M, blue boat motif, £40, Crew Clothing, orange belted, £16, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS, multi floral, £12.99, H&M


Get your shorts out for evening with luxurious embellished styles – think embroidery, embellishment, leather-look and textured fabrics.

evening shortsClcokwise, from top left: Fake leather, £12.99, H&M, embroidered, £95, French Connection, sequin, £29.99, H&M, orange crochet, £17.99, New Look, pineapple print, £35, JOY


Long shorts are great if you;re not that confident abiout your upper legs. Keep them loose and comfortable for super summer style.

long shortsClockwise, from top left: Denim effect, £18, BHS, white long, £34.95, GAP, blue cargo, £19.99, H&M, floral long, £16.50, BHS


Denim shorts are brilliant for summer – great at festivals, at parties, night and day. There are tons of styles to choose from. Shop around and find your perfect fit.

demin shortsClockwise, from top left: Skinny bermuda, £39.99, Superdry, short short shorts, £14.99, H&M, turn up dark blue, £35, JOY, high waisted ripped, £22.99, New Look, 1969 boyfriend shorts, £29.95, GAP