Your Guide To The Best Summer Shorts

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    There’s far more to shorts than the humble cutoff. In fact, this seasonal mainstay now has a decidedly sophisticated appeal, thanks to designers like Isabel Marant and Rachel Zoe, who showed embroidered and leather versions on the runway for S/S 13. While their abbreviated cut and laid-back feel make them an integral part of any warm-weather look, shorts are also versatile enough for everything from backyard barbeques to al fresco cocktail soirees, thanks to all the chic styles on the market. We think it’s high time you add a pair--or three!--to your closet, so click through our slideshow and shop our favorite of-the-moment shorts now.

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    PHOTO: Paul Smith

    Paul Smith S/S 13

    Hitting just above the knee, the Bermuda short exudes professional polish, making it an appropriate workplace piece. Elevate a smartly tailored pair with a blazer and open-toe pumps.

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    Mara Hoffman

    Printed Bermuda Shorts ($242)

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    BCBGMaxazria

    Meyer Straight Leg Walking Shorts ($118) in Off White

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    PHOTO: Fendi

    Fendi S/S 13

    For a preppier take on the short, try a sleek color-block pair. Complement this style with a tucked-in chambray shirt and slippers for off-duty chic.

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    Club Monaco

    Liz Shorts ($90)

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    Kenzo

    Quilted Pocket Shorts ($421)

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    PHOTO: Isabel Marant

    Isabel Marant S/S 13

    Inject a shot of color and embellishment into your summer wardrobe with a pair of embroidered shorts. These punchy designs beg for a music festival outing paired with a diaphanous top and studded sandals.

    Shop This Look:
    Isabel Marant Anya Embellished Cheesecloth Top ($675) and Devin Embellished Stretch-Leather Shorts ($1590)

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    Courtshop

    Mae Shorts ($157)

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    PHOTO: Carolina Herrera

    Carolina Herrera S/S 13

    Rendered in rich brocade or gleaming satin, these luxe-looking shorts are ready for a night on the town paired with a silky camisole and strappy high heels. Just remember: the shinier the better!

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    Michael Kors

    Metallic Brocade Shorts ($795)

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    Mango

    Mini-Sequins Shorts ($70)

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    Band of Outsiders

    Flight Satin-Twill Shorts ($255)

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    PHOTO: Getty Images

    Clements Ribeiro S/S 13

    Bring a pair of floral-print shorts along with you to your next getaway. Keep the eye-catching pattern in check with a neutral tank and gladiator sandals.

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    Rachel Comey

    Wesson Shorts ($322)

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    Haute Hippie

    Floral Embroidered Shorts ($491)

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    PHOTO: Getty Images

    Prada S/S 13

    A charming pair of knit shorts is just what you need for long, lazy days at the beach or pool. Wear them with a lightweight sweater and printed canvas sneakers for extra charm.

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    Stolen Girlfriends Club

    Black Cable Knit Shorts ($135)

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    Madeleine Thompson

    Cashmere Micro Shorts ($240)

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    Étoile Isabel Marant

    Shaper Owl-Intarsia Cotton-Blend Shorts ($290)

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    PHOTO: Rachel Zoe

    Rachel Zoe S/S 13

    Who says you can’t wear leather in warm weather? These edgy pairs easily toughen up a casual t-shirt and denim jacket, giving you an instantly cool city-girl vibe.

    Shop This Look:
    Rachel Zoe Ashlynn Boat Neck Top ($172) and Justin Leather Shorts ($238)

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    A.L.C.

    Leather Smith Shorts ($924)

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    PHOTO: Skaist Taylor

    Skaist Taylor S/S 13

    Slip into a pair of shorts with a sweetly scalloped hem to give all your outfits a touch of femininity. For a cool contrast, we’d team these with lace-up oxfords.

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    Topshop

    Scallop Hem Shorts ($60)

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    MiH

    The Scallop Shorts ($189) in Pettibon Blue

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    PHOTO: Jen Kao

    Jen Kao S/S 13

    Nod to the season’s athletic-inspired trend with a pair of sporty shorts. Just look for details like perforated leather or a drawstring waistband, and balance out the casual vibe with an elegant blouse.

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    Rebecca Minkoff

    Perforated Leather Mika Shorts ($498)

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Floral Embroidered Shorts

Floral Embroidered Shorts

Haute Hippie, $491
SHOP
Wesson Shorts

Wesson Shorts

Rachel Comey, $322
SHOP
Brach Floral-Print Cotton-Twill Shorts

Brach Floral-Print Cotton-Twill Shorts

Tory Burch, $175
SHOP
Liz Shorts

Liz Shorts

Club Monaco, $90
SHOP
Cotton Cupro Paneled Shorts

Cotton Cupro Paneled Shorts

Tibi, $265
SHOP
Quilted Pocket Shorts

Quilted Pocket Shorts

Kenzo, $421
SHOP
Cashmere Micro Shorts

Cashmere Micro Shorts

Madeleine Thompson, $240
SHOP
Shaper Owl-Intarsia Cotton-Blend Shorts

Shaper Owl-Intarsia Cotton-Blend Shorts

Etoile Isabel Marant, $290
SHOP
Black Cable Knit Shorts

Black Cable Knit Shorts

Stolen Girlfriends Club, $135
SHOP
Scalloped Hem Shorts

Scalloped Hem Shorts

DKNY, $306
SHOP
The Scallop Shorts

The Scallop Shorts

MiH, $189
SHOP
Scallop Hem Shorts

Scallop Hem Shorts

Topshop, $60
SHOP
Perforated Leather Mika Shorts

Perforated Leather Mika Shorts

Rebecca Minkoff, $498
SHOP
Lace Up Sweat Shorts

Lace Up Sweat Shorts

NSF, $98
SHOP
Exclusive Contrast Trim Silk Jogging Shorts

Exclusive Contrast Trim Silk Jogging Shorts

Alexis, $185
SHOP
Printed Bermuda Shorts

Printed Bermuda Shorts

Mara Hoffman, $242
SHOP
Meyer Straight Leg Walking Shorts

Meyer Straight Leg Walking Shorts

BCBGMaxazria, $118
SHOP
Punch Khaki Bermuda Shorts

Punch Khaki Bermuda Shorts

Sandro, $250
SHOP
Leather Smith Shorts

Leather Smith Shorts

A.L.C., $924
SHOP
Laser Hem Faux Leather Shorts

Laser Hem Faux Leather Shorts

Blank Denim, $88
SHOP
Flight Satin-Twill Shorts

Flight Satin-Twill Shorts

Band of Outsiders, $255
SHOP
Metallic Brocade Shorts

Metallic Brocade Shorts

Michael Kors, $795
SHOP
Mini-Sequins Shorts

Mini-Sequins Shorts

Mango, $70
SHOP
Embroidered Denim Shorts

Embroidered Denim Shorts

Zara, $80
SHOP
Lofina Aztec-Patterned Jacquard Shorts

Lofina Aztec-Patterned Jacquard Shorts

Iro, $317
SHOP
Mae Shorts

Mae Shorts

Courtshop, $157
SHOP
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