If You're Wearing Any of These 5 Shorts Trends, I Know You're a Fashion Person

I have to admit, before this year, I've never put a lot of energy or focus into shorts. I have a couple of pairs in my wardrobe which I pull out for holidays and the warmest days of summer at home, but have I ever really thought about the shorts I'm investing in? That'd be a no. That is, aside from some roomy Adidas gym shorts my mum dug out of a bargain bin and bought for me to wear to P.E. when I was 10 (which I still own and wear and would probably the first clothing item I'd grab in a fire).

In addition to this beloved pair, I have a pairs in white and beige linen and some denim cut-offs. Pretty standard, right? However, between the hot spell last weekend and with an upcoming trip planned for next month, you might say I'm becoming acutely aware at just how many shorts outfits I'm seeing on social media right now. What's more surprising is that all of the styles feel new and fresh and, dare I say it, are making me want to buy into them.

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First, I became captivated by boxer-style shorts thanks to influencer April Lockhart's now-viral post from styling hers. Dubbing them a core part of the "unofficial cool girl spring summer uniform," and wearing them with a bright cardigan, green socks, metallic shoes and chunky jewellery, her post as since amassed 48,000 likes and floods of comments that share my sentiment. "I wasn't that into shorts until I saw this," said one user.

Now, if you're interest is piqued, let me show you the other shorts trends I've spotted for 2024. There are five in total—one of which is, spoiler alert, boxer shorts—but what of the other four? One thing I can guarantee is that they'll all make your outfits look considerably more current this summer.

From the pair I've seen in several French women to an update on a classic, scroll on to see and shop 2024's biggest shorts trends.


Shorts trends 2024: @lindsaybriadams wears long denim shorts (aka jorts) with a pair of black knee-high boots and a leather jacket

(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Notes: Denim shorts are a summer mainstay but, in place of the small,. fitted cut-offs many of us already own, fashion people have started to favour longer, looser styles. Arket's pair is proving to be a firm favourite, but there are plenty of other options at different price points, too.



Shorts trends 2024: @mobinapeiman wears white lace, bloomer-style shorts with a camel-coloured cardigan

(Image credit: @mobinapeiman)

Style Notes: One of the least expected trends I expected to see on the spring/summer 2024 runways was bloomer shorts—lacy or frilled shorts that look as if they'd double as an undergarment in a racy Bridgerton scene. Wear with an eclectic shoe choice—cowboy boots feel especially apt—and a chunky cardigan per Lockhart's recommendation.



Shorts trends 2024: @annelauremais wears red Adidas track shorts with a blue cotton shirt

(Image credit: @annelauremais)

Style Notes: Turns out, my 10-year-old self was a fashion icon in the making! I jest, but I am pleased to see that my trusty three-stripes are having a moment right now, as some of my favourite French influencers have been wearing sporty Adidas shorts since temperatures rose. Bright pairs seem to be the current preference, with Oxford shirts serving as the top to pair them with.



Shorts trends 2024: @jeannine.roxas wears long beige bermuda shorts with a white off the shoulder top

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Style Notes: You could say this is the most refined-looking 2024 short trend on our list. Just like denim shorts this season, we're seeing a lot of longer-length, Bermuda options coming through. Fluid with a nod to tailoring, wear with an off-the-shoulder top and slingbacks for evenings out, just like Jeannine Roxas.



Shorts trends 2024: @abimarvel wears blue striped boxer-style shorts with a white vest top

(Image credit: @abimarvel)

Style Notes: And now we find ourselves back where the inspiration for this story began—with boxer-style shorts. While these have been trending for the past few summers, interest in them seems to be peaking this year. Selling out faster than I predicted, there's no guarantees these pairs will be still be available come June.


Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.