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9 Vogue Staffers Reveal Which Shorts They Love to Wear

Out of all the summer staples, stylish shorts for women are one of the trickiest items to shop. Not only is there that old debate on their age-appropriateness, but there’s a fine line between casually cool All-American shorts and barely-there Daisy Dukes. Plus, whether it’s a pair of cut-offs, Bermudas, or biker shorts, finding an option that fits properly and looks polished is a particularly challenging task. So this summer, we decided to take a survey around the office to investigate and discover the absolute best shorts, according to Vogue editors.

Some of my colleagues admitted that shorts are a hard no for them—no matter how hot the weather gets. While others used to feel that way, but are recent converts, who can’t resist some of the beautiful designs popping up at stores. Each editor has a very distinctive sense of style, but all of the leg-baring designs they rely on when it’s scorching hot outside are undeniably chic. From tailored shorts that redefine business casual to picnic-worthy prints that come equipped with matching crop tops, here are the most stylish shorts for women, according to Vogue editors.

Willow Lindley, Accessories Director

These are like comfy boxers, but you can wear them outside as well as inside!

Everlane The Easy short



Madeline Fass, Market Editor

I’m one of the few people who actually really enjoys the long shorts silhouette. (I hope brands never stop making them!!!) I have pairs in leather, denim, crepe, linen, you name it! Despite still being “shorts,” the longer length makes them feel a little more elevated and a little less casual, and all the while still possess the benefits of wearing cut-offs in the warm summer months. I’ve worn them everywhere, from neighborhood strolls, wedding ceremonies, to the office. Plus, they don’t have an expiration date come the fall. This season, I’m looking forward to giving the board shorts version a try for a sportier spin on the style.

AGOLDE criss-cross upsized short



Dries Van Noten Patrice printed cotton-poplin shorts



Bouguessa Meera pleated linen shorts


Rickie De Sole, Executive Fashion Director

Last month, I found myself near Columbus Circle with time to spare and popped into the Nordstrom store. I haven’t bought any clothes in a physical retail store since the pandemic started, so it was a real “experience!” They had a charming Rag & Bone deli installation set up in the middle of the store, and I bought a pair of high-waisted denim shorts. I’m not sure what came over me as I rarely wear shorts, but I figure they would be great to have come summertime!

Rag & Bone Maya high-waist raw-hem cutoff denim shorts



Lilah Ramzi, Features and Shopping Editor

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had a firm no-shorts policy—in them, I just never felt very put together. Recently while vintage shopping, I came across a gingham tunic and high-waisted short set that felt very 1940s playsuit. I’m thinking it’s the coordinating separates (rather than a one-off gingham short) that provides the polish I’m looking for. Suffice to say, I’ve reconsidered my no-shorts rule. Below, a remarkably similar option from Zara!

Zara gingham top



Zara gingham shorts



Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer

I love sharp suiting, and I get my fix in the summer with shorts that have a tailored finish. This pair looks good with just about any top, but I love elevating the comfortable, breezy style with a crisp, cotton blouse.

& Other Stories ruffle collar button-up top



& Other Stories tailored linen shorts



Daisy Shaw-Ellis, Jewelry Director

I’m not traditionally a shorts person, but I have been circling around this poppy pair from La DoubleJ. I’m just waiting for the forecast to rise for me to add to cart. The print instantly transports me to a summer spritz on the Italian coast (even if I’ll be in my garden instead), and I plan to wear them with simple white tees, breezy linen button-ups, gold layered jewelry, and a sun-kissed skin tone.

La Double J Good Butt Peonia-print shorts



Clarissa Schmidt, Commerce Producer

 As soon as temperatures rise in the city, I pull out all of my favorite bike shorts for the summer. They’re the perfect wardrobe staple for staying cool, comfortable, and chic in the heat. My go-to pairs are usually Old Navy’s compression shorts (I have them in nearly every color!) or this fun animal-printed style from Amazon.

Old Navy high-waisted elevate biker shorts



Persit high-waisted yoga shorts



Ella Riley Adams, Senior Living and Beauty Editor

My favorite shorts are by Come Back as a Flower. Each pair is hand-dyed and one of a kind. They’re infinitely comfortable and go with everything. I’ll wear them with a linen short-sleeved button-down, Birkenstocks, and Karen Walker sunglasses.

CBAAF Oatmeal shorts



Karen Walker Bishop sunglasses



Cassandra Pintro, Associate Producer

I think I have a slight obsession with these shorts; I haven’t been able to stop wearing them. The gender-neutral brand ONE DNA has my heart and repackaged it back to me as these short, striped sleeper shorts perfect for a calm girl summer.

One DNA resort short