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HC’s 20 Favorite Shorts for Summer

Summer is just around the corner! It’s time to pull out your summer shorts to keep cool during the hot days. Whether they’re high-waisted, short shorts, or colored shorts, here are Her Campus’s 20 favorite shorts for summer:

$20 and Under

Tap Shorts- These relaxed Forever 21 shorts are perfect for summer! The lightweight material will definitely keep you cool during the hot summer months.

Forever 21, $13.80

Bows and Whistles- A pair of formal shorts can be hard to find! These Charlotte Russe bow front shorts are too affordable to turn down. Dress them up with a pair of black pumps and a blouse!

Charlotte Russe, $19.99

Cargo Craze- Need a comfortable pair of shorts for hiking or a day of lounging? These Old Navy shorts may be just for you. 

Old Navy, $17

Comfortable and Casual- If you plan on spending a lot of time at the beach, these Victoria’s Secret linen shorts are comfortable enough to wear over a bathing suit and throw around in your beach bag.

Victoria’s Secret, $14.50

Lumberjack Shorts- Yet another Forever 21 piece makes our list because of its affordability and stylishness. These shorts are a fun combination of the cut-off style and the surprise suspenders!

Forever 21, $17.80

$50 and Under

Classic Corduroy- Want to add a little color to your summer wardrobe? These colorful shorts will do the trick! Find them in teal, light grey, and white.

Levi’s, $50 ($49.50)

Roll ‘Em Up- If you need an affordable pair of jean shorts these are perfect for you! These Delia’s shorts go with everything. Wear them with or without a belt to jazz it up a bit!

Delia’s, $34.50


Loving Lightweight- When it’s hot and sticky out, lightweight clothing is absolutely necessary. These Free People shorts are comfortable and loose, not to mention adorable.

Free People, $48

Military-Inspired- These adorable military-inspired shorts are definitely cute enough to wear with heels for a night out or with sandals for a daytime look.

MICHAEL by Michael Kors, $48.65

High-Waisted Shorts- If you’re into the-high waisted look you’ll definitely be into these American Apparel summer shorts. Style these shorts up with a belt and a cute lacey shirt!

American Apparel, $35

$75 and Under

So Retro- If you’re into the retro style, these shorts are definitely for you. The dragonfly pattern makes these shorts unique and fun!

Anthropologie, $68

Sailor Shorts- When you think of summer think of sailing! These shorts are oh-so-fashionable and match perfectly with a pair of cute wedges.

Aqua, $58 (Sale $40.60)


The Standard White Short- Fashion rule #1: DON’T wear white shorts after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. Take advantage of this summer trend!  (And feel free to break this rule if you wish!)

Blank Denim, $68

4th of July Shorts- These color-blocked Urban Outfitters shorts are definitely appropriate for the fun 4th of July festivities that will ensue this summer!

Urban Outfitters, $54

Pleated Shorts- These sophisticated shorts are perfect enough for a fancy dinner or even a day at the internship.

BCBGeneration, $68

$150 and Under

Fancy Flapper- Dare to take a chance with these fringe shorts? These unique shorts are definitely fashionable and cool enough (style- and temperature-wise) to wear on a night out.

Topshop, $38

Khaki Kool- Even though most of us will be busy with internships and jobs, leave some room for relaxation! With a loose button-down and these shorts, your outfit will definitely put you in a meditative state.

Bailey 44, $104

Hot Shorts- These Swedish hot shorts are adorable because of their confetti print and fun silhouette! The material is completely weightless and perfect for summer.

Mini for Many Chicago, $105

Leather Shorts- A pair of nice evening shorts is definitely necessary for summer barhopping and outdoor parties. Although these shorts may seem hot, the pleated front will give you a little room to breathe. With a pair of heels, these leather shorts will do just the trick!

Silence and Noise, $99

Plain Jane Blue Jeans- My favorite item on the list is a plain pair of blue jean shorts. These dark washed shorts will go with almost every shirt! Whether you wear them with sneakers, flip-flops, heels, wedges, flats, or gladiator sandals, these shorts will look good with anything.

DL1961, $128

Sophie Jasinski is a sophomore English major and Arts and Society minor at Mount Holyoke College. Originally from North Jersey, she spends most of her time in New York City. When Sophie isn’t studying in the library she loves to dance ballet, drink chai lattes, dig through vintage clothes, hang out with friends, and play tennis. Sophie is also a staff writer for the Mount Holyoke News. Last summer, Sophie interned with Donna Karan and hopes to intern for a fashion magazine in New York this summer. Sophie aspires to be the next Anna Wintour. Watch out world!!
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