Stay Stylish and Comfortable: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Casual Shorts for Women

Casual Shorts for Women
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You want to be comfortable and chic when achieving the perfect casual look. Try these women’s shorts that wick away moisture and are packable for easy transport.

Choose wide or baggy shorts that add curves to your hip line if you have an inverted triangle body shape. Pair them with plain shirts or thin sweaters to avoid looking too top-heavy.


A flattering length makes all the difference in a pair of casual shorts for women. If you’re hesitant about showing your legs because of cellulite, veins, scars, or other concerns, opt for a longer style that cinches your waist and covers your legs. The right length also balances your frame and looks good with various tops.

Try seven-inch shorts that hit just a few inches above the knee for a balanced look and extra coverage. They work well with most body types, styles, and colors of tops, including tailored blouses for the office, T-shirts, knits, and dresses.

Try tailored shorts with a classic hook and bar waist closure for a dressier look. The Short is a great option, with a traditional 10.5″ inseam (9.5″ for petite) that works with fitted and tucked-in tops. It comes in 9 colors; reviewers say they’re also super comfortable.

Another smart and casual style is the wide-leg drawstring linen short. It redefines casual chic with a roomy, easy-to-toss-on design. They’re made with a breathable linen and cotton blend that keeps you cool, with an elasticized drawstring for the perfect fit. They look especially nice with a lightweight linen blazer. They come in Misses XS-XXL and 1X-4X in four neutral hues. Another smart pull-on short with stretchy organic cotton twill and an elastic waistband that fits your curves.


In addition to length, the fabric of casual shorts for women can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel. Some materials are more breathable than others, and some are designed to keep you cool while hiking or running errands.

If you’ll be out and about in warm weather, a pair of linen shorts may be your best bet for keeping cool and looking stylish. This women’s summer shorts option has plenty of thigh room, a trendy paper-bag waist, and side pockets to store your essentials. It comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes with various colors.

Other options include cotton, which is easy on the skin and a great choice for those self-conscious about cellulite or wanting a more laid-back look. These high-waisted, elastic waist drawstring shorts have two deep diagonal utility hip pockets and rolled-up legs for a relaxed look. They come in seven summer colors and sizes XS-4X.

Another casual option is a pair of workout shorts made from performance fabric. The soft, breathable, lightweight LightSpeed fabric wicks sweat and dries quickly, providing a comfortable stretch. It also has grippers to prevent the shorts from riding up and a hidden interior pocket for your keys or phone. It’s available in three neutral shades and seven bold ones.


While you can wear shorts in any color, neutrals are the most flattering shade for most women. These include greys, blacks, and taupes. These colors work with most skin tones, are versatile, and can be paired with any top for a great look. You can also add a pop of color to your accessories and shoes for an added style and comfort look.

Consider a pair of denim shorts for a more casual, laid-back look. They come in various hem lengths and are available from many retailers. They are comfortable, durable, and can be worn in any season. Choosing the right size and style is the key to a good pair of denim shorts. You want them to fit well and not be too tight, especially on the waist area.

Another great option is a pair of khaki or light gray shorts. These can be worn on a day out or for an evening walk. They are easy to keep clean and pair well with a shirt, blouse, or cardigan. Some khaki and light gray shorts also have side slits for an added style element.

If you like the look of pleated shorts but need to figure out if they suit your body type, try on a pair to see how they feel on you. A longer knee-length pleated short with a soft fabric and casual flare can flatter almost any frame.


The way a pair of shorts fits can make or break their comfort. Some styles, such as the bowknot tie waist shorts, offer a flattering high-waisted look with the flexibility of an elastic waistband. Others,, feature a smooth hook, bar waist closure, and a traditional 10.5″ inseam.

If you need to get into a fitted style, try something looser and more casual. For example, the elastic waist pull-on shorts come in six summery colors and prints and are available in misses XS-XXL and sizes 1X-4X. They have front and back pockets and an adjustable drawstring for a custom fit.

Many women avoid wearing shorts because they don’t know how to style them flattering and comfortable. To avoid this, choose a pair of flattering shorts for your body shape. For instance, pear-shaped women might prefer a darker couple, while an hourglass woman might find a lighter pair more flattering.

Another tip when choosing the right pair of casual shorts for you is to wash them according to the instructions on the tag. Different fabrics have varying care instructions and washing methods, so following them carefully ensures your new shorts stay comfortable and beautiful. For example, you’ll want to avoid bleach or harsh detergents on dark colors and air dry your shorts instead of putting them in the dryer if they’re made from polyester.

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