Worn to the office or packed for beach holidays, shorts are warm-weather wardrobe staples. With 27 pairs to peruse, here’s the long and the short of this summer’s must-have styles.
Let a pair of shorts take the place of your favourite straight and wide-leg pants this summer. Tropical wool will keep you chic in the heat, while linen and cotton are seasonal favourites. Look for finishing touches like waistband details, pleated fronts and neat hems for maximum polish.
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Incu Collection Sadie pleated shorts$200 Cut to a wide leg with a loose fit and detailed with front pleats, this style is easy-wearing but still work appropriate. Incu Collection also offers up the Dissident short in smoke grey if you’re looking for a neutral hue.
Camilla and Marc Maribel tailored short$450 This light blue style is made from wool tailoring fabric that drapes just so. A pleated front and knee-length hem gives the silhouette relaxed but refined appeal. And, there’s a coordinating blazer
St Agni tailored shorts$399 Classic menswear detailing meets a higher hemline on this pair. They’re made from wool with subtle stretch for a comfortable fit. Wear them with a baby tee and minimalist sandals for on-brand styling from the Byron Bay label.
Bassike Bermuda short$380 This baggier silhouette leans into Bassike’s offbeat everyday approach. It’s cut from midweight cotton poplin with slight stretch, which makes for comfortable summer styling.
Elka Collective Albi short$199 Use this pair to create a power summer suit with the matching longline vest in soft blue. Elka Collective also offers the Marbella short and Nina vest in white.
Arnsdorf Margaret short$360 The sandwashed silk fabric balances the elastic waistband and sporty touches on this style to land it in the tailored category. A pair of strappy heels will elevate them a tad more.
Marle Ramona shorts$280 This pleated-front pair has become a brand signature from Kiwi label Marle over the past few seasons. Match it with the Leo vest this summer.
Love them or hate them, Y2K-inspired denim shorts are back. Lean into ’90s grunge with baggy, knee-length styles in dirty washes. There are also printed pairs and more classic iterations if you prefer.
Peachay jorts$180 Peachay’s jeans are almost always sold out. And there’s a similar expectation for the local brand’s jorts. Be quick if you want in on this style designed for smaller waists.
Bassike mid-rise denim shorts$380 This style can be worn on the waist for a straight fit or sized up for a lower, slouchier look. Raw hems add to the appeal of the faded wash.
Camilla and Marc Carmichael short$300 A dark indigo wash and clean lines keep this pair elevated. Style with a nice top for a trending take on going out-out outfits.
Wynn Hamlyn denim shorts$245 This unisex style from Kiwi brand Wynn Hamlyn pushes the Y2K agenda. It also comes in a dirty wash to further the aesthetic.
Afends Emilie shorts$110 There’s ’90s essence to this high-rise waist, baggy-leg style, complete with a hammer loop. They’re made from the brand’s signature eco-friendly organic cotton, recycled cotton and hemp denim.
Kowtow Journey shorts$239 A high-rise waist and wide-leg fit makes this black denim style an easy favourite. Kowtow offers the same silhouette in off-white with a matching shirt – a modern Canadian tuxedo if you will.
Denimsmith Aspen short$189 Another black style, this pair is made from comfort stretch denim. The wash is designed to fade over time for a lived-in look.
EM on Holiday Happy Hibiscus Vacation shorts$190 Sydney brand EM on Holiday applies its off-duty state of mind to this pair of printed shorts. Match the hibiscus motif to swimwear and use oversized shirting to amp up the vibe.
Assembly Label boxy denim short$90 A more classic silhouette, this style from Assembly Label offers a relaxed fit with a boxy, wide leg. The stonewashed Boy short is another easy option.
This trend trickled down from the Miu Miu runway (as many of the most fashionable movements do) to the streets during the European summer. You can quite literally borrow from the boys and nick a pair from the top drawer of the man in your life, or invest in more purposeful styles. A blazer and ballet flats are your office-friendly counterparts. But matching button-down shirts are another great styling choice.
Maison Essentiele boxer shorts$160 Boudoir or beach? The Sydney-based brand says “why not both?” This classic silhouette comes in a range of colours (striped and plain), as well as cotton and silk finishes.
Maggie Marilyn linen shorts$175 Size up in this elasticated waist style for a more relaxed look – style with the matching banana-yellow shirt and striped swimwear made in collaboration with Fella.
LMND Chiara shorts$159 Another sunshine-hued style. Wear this striped pair with chunky sneakers and tonal finishing touches.
EM on Holiday boxer shorts$95 With a boyfriend fit that can be worn high or low on the waist, this green striped style has January written all over it. Just add a Golden Gaytime.
Deiji Studios The Boxer$69 Deiji Studios might be better known for its linen sleepwear but these crisp cotton shorts can be taken beyond your bed. The double button detailing is a thoughtful touch.
P Johnson linen day shorts$295 Tailoring might be at the heart of P Johnson, but its more casual offering is given the same care. These striped linen shorts are finished with an elasticated drawstring waist and deep side pockets.
Friends With Frank Suki shorts$329 This comfort-first style is made from a crinkled cotton-blend fabric. Wear them to brunch with the matching top. The set also comes in white.
Kowtow 02 shorts$169 This candy-striped longline style comes from Kowtow’s Reimagine collection – an edit of pieces made from surplus materials. The full silhouette creates a skirt-like look.
Camilla and Marc Apollo shorts$200 The branded waistband detail on this pair speaks cool-girl fluently. Wear it with an oversized blazer and kitten heels.
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