25 of the best shorts to help you tackle this summer’s biggest trend

The high street is awash with shorts this summer, with styles that work anywhere from beach to the boardroom. But for those of us that aren’t blessed with the endlessly long, sculpted legs of a runway model, the trend can feel more than a little intimidating.

Want to add shorts to your style library, but not sure where to start? Designer Alexandra Miro, the creator of the ultra-flattering Bella short, says: ‘This season summer shorts are making a strong impact, both as a resort wear piece but also as an easy relaxed city wear item.’

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Top, £217, shorts, £224, Alexandra Miro

‘I created The Bella short, a super flattering mid-thigh version that can be worn with statement swimsuits or otherwise matched with a crisp cotton shirt for wearing out and about around town.’

‘We are all about the tailored short, one that is neither too short nor long and one that sits at the most flattering part of the thigh.

‘A cinched waisted and oversized pockets elevate an otherwise quite simple garment. Many women are more comfortable wearing a short, as exposed to a shorter style skirt, especially when worn in the city.’

Even if a cropped style fills you with fear, there’s plenty of cuts and fits on the rails – from longer city shorts for those who don’t want to flash much thigh, to high-waisted paper bag shapes that show off a nipped-in waist.

Inspired? Here are 25 of our favourites to shop this season:

Grey check, £165, Claudie Pierlot 

Navy tie waist, £55, Cos 

Pale tan tailored, £210, Diane Von Furstenburg, Mytheresa 

White and tan stripe, £22, Dorothy Perkins

Khaki bow shorts, £250, Equipment, Net-A-Porter 

Light khaki shorts, £34.95, Gap 

Cream button pocket, £19.99, H&M

Pale blue tie wasted pair, £80, J.Crew

Leopard, £150, L.K. Bennett

White and grey check, £35, Marks & Spencer

White blue and tan stripe, £69.95, Massimo Dutti

Black belted, £330, Nanushka

Leather, £19.99, New Look 

Mint, £95, Reiss

Green tied pocketed pair, £250, SEA, Matches Fashion

Long pink, £69, & Other Stories

Striped paper bag, £69, Mint Velvet at House of Fraser

Cream high wasted, £60, Iris & Ink

Pale blue, £8, Tu Clothing

Tan tied up, £19.90, Uniqlo

Navy tied shorts, £69, Hobbs

Long cream shorts, £260, Vince

Long black shorts, £35, Warehouse

Pale pale pink, £30, Weekday 

Red long shorts, £85, Kitri

Feature by Sophie Dearden