Summer shorts

Summer shorts. Summer and shorts. They just go together don’t they, like strawberries and cream, Kim and Kanye, coconut and lime, eggs and avocado…okay, you get our drift!

Summer shorts – you need them in your life/wardrobe/suitcase!

We’re focusing on short summer shorts – the only type you need on holiday, and be brave and wear them at home too. Show off your legs, get some sun about you, and embrace summer shorts fully!

Let’s start with some patterned shorts – add a bit of print to your summer shorts for some holiday fun.

Pretty sequinned geo print shorts from Dorothy Perkins @ BHS (£40) are super chic for summer evenings. H&M’s white lace shorts (£14.99) are summery, and subtle. Their red tie-front floral print pair are super-cute (£12.99). At White Stuff, the pretty print on grey is summery subtle (£35). At Debenhams, choose flouncy beach shorts in a pink neon flower print from Floozie by FrostFrench (£25), or floral multi-coloured chevron stripes by Red Herring (£26). We love these shorts!

summer shorts pattern


If plain suits you better than patterned, that’s fine. Choose from denim, chino style, or floaty fabric, and with trims or without. New Look’s denim embroidered high waist shorts (£22.99) are festival perfect, as are JOY’s denim Urban Bliss pom-pom detail pair (£25). At White Stuff choose yellow linen (£35) or khaki chino style with polka turn-ups (£29.95).

Floaty khaki drawstring shorts from JOY (£32, Valley of the Dolls) are super chic for day or night. As are New Look’s black embroidered pair (£17.99).

summer shorts plain

Blue is an on-trend summer shade this summer, and there are loads of cute blue summer shirts to choose from.

Denim high-waisted at H&M look fantastic paired with a black blouse, and this acid wash style are super-chic (£12.99). Red Herring @ Debenhams’ denim ombre and ripped style are also fab (£30), and White Stuff’s denim with turn-ups have a more traditional feel to them (£35). H&M’s elastic waist broderie anglaise scallop hem shorts are on our holiday wishlist (£14.99), as are their blue floaty stripe style (£12.99). And we do love the Reger by Janet Reger @ Debenhams navy lace pair (£25).

Summer shots blue

Finally, stripes. Who doesn’t love stripes, and they look great on shorts. Horizontal stripes navy, mustard and muted rust (£19.99, H&M) are a great evening pair for your holiday – just add a slinky vest and killer heels. Crochet shorts from New Look (£12.99) in a pretty two-tone fiery orange shade are festival-ready. New Look’s cream striped loose shorts with tassel tie are an easy summer style (£14.99), and their belted grey stripes are slightly more formal (£14.99). Their pink, black and white striped pair (£14.99) are slightly longer and would suit a wedge. Team with a jacket and a simple top for an alternative wedding look.

Summer shorts striped

Shorts style for summer

We all got our legs out last week – and then put them back in our tights or trousers again this week, yeah? Brrr. That was a change in temperature! But, summer is coming (you can keep winter, thanks, John Snow), and shorts are a summer staple. But what’s your shorts style?

We’ve narrowed it down to six shorts styles for summer – you’ll surely find your shorts style in here somewhere! Embrace the summer when it comes, and get those pins out!

First up, Basic Black shorts style. Pretty simple – just basic shorts, in various styles, and classic black.

shorts style basic black1. Loose, zip front shorts, perfect for evening wear, with a simple top. £35, JOY

2. Basic black knee-length short perfect for the city in the summer, agreed? £20, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS

3. Cute fringed shorts for the beach or the festival. £29.99, H&M

4. High-waisted tailored black shorts. £60, French Connection

Tailored shorts work well in the city in the summer – add a pair of wedge sandals, a blazer and you’re there.

shorts style tailored1. Linen shorts=classic style.  £14.99, H&M

2. Striped tailored shorts, perfect for city wear. £19.99, New Look

3. Classic tailored shorts, for the classic wearer! £45, French Connection

4. Button detail evening shorts. £19.99, H&M

5. Classic grey tailored shorts for office wear when the weather heats up. £24.95, GAP

Perhaps a playsuit is your preferred shorts style? As easy to wear as a dress, we love them!

shorts style playsuits1. Dungarees playsuit – just add a simple Tee, and off to the festival you go! £19.99, H&M

2. This lovely Louche playsuit is perfect for a summer wedding. £45, JOY

3. French Connection’s floaty pastel playsuit is very beautiful, agreed? £60

4. New Look’s playful patterned playsuit is perfect summer festival wear. £24.99

5. We are in love with this fab, slouchy, loose sleeved playsuit from H&M – and it comes in black too! £29.99

Perhaps you prefer your shorts on the longer side?

shorts style knee length

1. These tight white longer shorts are great if you don’t want to show off any thigh. £35, White Stuff

2. Loose, and long, and lemon! Perfect. £12, BHS

3. These chino shorts from GAP can be worn down, or rolled right up. £24.95.

4. Cute pink striped shorts are great for the summer pastel trend. £16.50, BHS

5. H&M’s Conscious range lovely soft deep blue knee-length shorts are a classy look for a summer’s evening. £12.99

Now here’s how to wear shorts – as part of a suit. The new shorts style is the shorts suit!

shorts style match it

1. Jacquard shorts, £12.99 and matching jacket, £39.99, are part of the H&M Conscious range.

2.H&M’s aztec print shorts and crop top are festival-ready. £19.99 and £14.99.

3. Make a bold statement with matching floral print shorts, £14.99, and top, £12.99, in bright gorgoeus colours, from H&M

4. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson’s bird print fringed kimono, £55, and matching shorts, £40, are perfect for your summer holiday, or a summer wedding. Just add heels and a simple vest, and a clutch. Debenhams

Finally have some fun with your shorts style. Polka dots, prints, or just a colour other than your normal beige or black!

shorts style fun1. Polka dots are the perfect print for those who are, well, a little afraid of print. They’re so inoffensive. Try them! £35. White Stuff

2. New Look’s bright and dazzling print brings this simple running shorts style to life! £12.99.

3 & 4. Still at New Look, how about these lovely print shorts in a flattering, loose, billowing skirt-like style? 14.99 each

5. Go on, try a bit of colour. Just a simple pink perhaps? £29.95, White Stuff

What’s your shorts style?