The most flattering shorts for women

As we welcome in summer – and hopefully some hot weather! – it’s finally time to banish those layers and embrace our sunshine-ready wardrobes. From gorgeous, colourful dresses to bold T-shirts, there are plenty of summer pieces we love, but the quest for flattering shorts seems like an eternal mission.

Firstly, they need to be comfy around the thighs and bum – anything too tight, chafing or cutting in is an absolute no-no. We also love a pair of shorts that pulls in at the waist for a flattering shape, and with adequate length that we don’t have to worry about flashing anything (we’ll leave the ‘underbum’ shorts to someone much younger, thanks).

Then there’s the print and fabric to think about – do you like a trusty denim short that goes with everything, or prefer a vibrant, patterned pair that can jazz up a plain vest or tee?

Whatever your preferred style, there are lots of flattering shorts for women on the high street this year, with a range of budgets covered. Here are our favourites…

Flattering shorts for women

flattering shorts for women

Floral shorts, £55, Boden

flattering shorts for women

Pure linen shorts, £25, Marks & Spencer

flattering shorts for women

Pleated linen shorts, £60, Boden

flattering shorts for women

Broderie anglaise shorts, £100, Sezane

flattering shorts for women

High-waisted shorts, £12.99, H&M

flattering shorts for women

Floral shorts, £95, Sezane

flattering shorts for women

Wide linen-blend shorts, £19.99, H&M

flattering shorts for women

Relaxed linen shorts, £55, Hush

flattering shorts for women

High-waisted denim shorts, £17.99, H&M

flattering shorts for women

Chino shorts, £49, Hush

flattering shorts for women

Pure linen shorts, £79, Jaeger at Marks & Spencer

flattering shorts for women

Denim shorts, £29.99, Mango at John Lewis

flattering shorts for women

Khaki shorts, £69, Mint Velvet

flattering shorts for women

Mom shorts, £24, ANYDAY at John Lewis

flattering shorts for women

Denim mom shorts, £25, Marks & Spencer

flattering shorts for women

Paperbag shorts, £65, Boden

flattering shorts for women

Polka dot shorts, £100, Sezane

flattering shorts for women

Tailored shorts, £110, Reiss at John Lewis

flattering shorts for women

Linen blend high waisted shorts, £25, Marks & Spencer

flattering shorts for women

Striped tie shorts, £69, Mint Velvet

flattering shorts for women

Jacquard shorts, £115, Sezane

flattering shorts for women

White denim shorts, £59, Mint Velvet