Summer has officially arrived, and sunnier days mean ditching layers and opting for styles that can withstand the heat instead. One item that always comes back into rotation this time of the year are shorts, and this season, we can’t help but notice that high-waisted shorts are the go-to style among the fashion set. The ubiquitous style can sometimes be challenging to style, but we observed one rule that makes wearing them pretty foolproof.
When combing through photos of stylish fashion girls wearing the trend, we noticed an important secret they all stick to—and it’s pretty simple. The trick is to make sure high-waisted shorts have an A-line silhouette, or to size up if you’re wearing a fitted style like denim shorts, making sure they hit at the slimmest part of your upper thigh. This forces the shorts to hit at a narrow part of the thigh, giving the illusion of longer, leaner legs.
Keep reading to see how fashion girls style their high-waisted shorts following this simple rule, and then shop our favorite pieces from Moussy, Staud, Isabel Marant, and more.
These hit at the perfect point on the leg.
Choose a pair of shorts in a bold color like this orange pair.
Denim cutoffs are always welcome this time of year.
Try an unexpected texture like velvet.
When wearing jean shorts, size up.
High-waisted shorts help define the waist.
A white-on-white look is perfect for summer.
A matching set is always chic.
Never hesitate to wear a bold pop of color.
Ruffled shorts are an easy warm-weather staple.
Throw on a pair of hoops with these shorts.
Wearing a white blouse with tailored pants is an easy way to elevate your look.
It's officially summer! Break out those white shorts.
These breezy shorts were practically made for the beach.
Can you tell we can't get enough of gingham?
A pair of well-fitted denim shorts is a worthy investment.
Style these gingham shorts with a pair of espadrilles and your favorite white tee.
Sport your favorite oversize sunnies with these shorts.
Every fashion girl has a pair of versatile denim shorts in her closet.
Mix up your shorts routine with some stripes on stripes.
Retro girls are loving breezy polka-dot shorts this summer.
A monochrome tie at the waist is flattering.
Update your old khaki shorts with this pair.
Tuck in a black blouse with some fun earrings and you're good for the night.