Much like the classic trench coat, the Bermuda short has made a seamless transition from military garb--originally it was part of the British Army’s uniform--to modern wardrobe essential. Of course, we have today’s designers to thank for the short's high-fashion makeover, as this season’s interpretations offer everything from of-the-moment prints to a range of flattering cuts. Hitting just above the knee with a roomy yet still tailored fit, Bermuda shorts are a great warm-weather alternative to wearing trousers and a clever substitute for a skirt come evening. Exuding tomboy elegance, we love this piece for a slew of occasions, so keep reading for tips on how to wear this piece all summer long.
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Pleated Bermuda Short ($60)
Tommy Hilfiger 7” Seersucker Shorts ($48) in Travel Khaki/Classic White
Khaki carpenter stripes lend these cuffed shorts an all-American vibe that’s perfect for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Wear them to your next alfresco dining event with a sweet eyelet top.
The perfect mash-up of comfort and style, Thakoon Addition’s Contrast-Paneled Brushed Chambray Shorts bring new meaning to the idea of luxe loungewear. Add height to your look while balancing out the voluminous shape with a wedge heel.
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Relaxed Rolled Shorts ($165) in Lime
Pleat Front Boy Shorts ($450)
Want to try this look after sunset? Wear these sharply cut, menswear-inspired shorts with a sheer black blouse; the outcome will be fashion-forward and subtly sexy.
Daisies Pleated Shorts ($298)
Whether your summer travel plans involve heading to a tropical locale or jetting off to a European getaway, these feminine floral shorts deserve a spot in your suitcase. Prove you’re nothing short of chic by teaming them with a tank and gladiator sandals.