Shorts have long been a summer staple, and while nothing beats a pair of denim cutoffs on the beach, they can be a hard thing to style when at home in the UK. Short shorts might have a teenage rep, but we’ve found several perfect outfits involving shorts that might just change your mind about that. From Eva Chen’s going-out shorts to Pandora Sykes’s silky Mango pair, these nine looks will have you praying for another heat wave—and buying at least one of the pairs on our shopping list. Scroll below to see how to wear shorts this summer, plus our edit of the best pairs around now.

Style Notes: Katherine Ormerod proves that shorts can look seriously chic, as she wore a pair of khaki high-waisted shorts with turn-ups with a tan belt looped in a typical French fashion and silk scarf draped over her shoulders.
Style Notes: You might think denim ripped cutoffs are practical rather than chic, but Lucy Williams shows they look elegant when paired with a white linen shirt.
Style Notes: As for footwear, to elongate your legs opt for a pair of wedge espadrilles like Pandora Sykes’s from Castaner.
Style Notes: For a grown-up twist on the shorts-and–T-shirt uniform, wear a pair of denim shorts underneath a half-buttoned shirtdress like Lindsey Holland did.
Style Notes: A neat pair of denim shorts can be the perfect base for a flamboyant outfit like this one, as they perfectly offset the oversize printed blouse and OTT pink accessories.
Style Notes: Eva Chen proves that shorts aren’t just for the beach, as she wears sequin shorts by Monse with a white T-shirt and strappy black heels.
Style Notes: If micro denim isn’t your thing, opt for a pair of longer shorts with a belted waist like Lucy Williams did—her yellow pair looks perfect with her tan sliders and white linen tank top.
Style Notes: When it comes to holiday dressing, keep cool in a pair of silky printed shorts like Alex Stedman of the Frugality.
Style Notes: For the city, opt for a crisp white shirt tucked into a pair of tailored chino shorts, and add a pair of mules to smarten up the look.
Next up, shop the best pieces in the summer sales.


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