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Shorts Trends 2024: The 5 cool-girl styles to have on your radar

Boxers, Bloomers, Bermudas and more…

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Clare Pennington
Style Writer
June 7, 2024
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It’s a fine time of year when the mercury rises to the point where anything sub-knee can get a much needed airing. Welcome to shorts weather! And while it's fair to say that it took its time, we are extremely excited to cast off our tights and start sporting some more summery styles. 

Janka Polliani wore denim knee shorts , a denim logo shirt and crystal earrings, while friend Marianne Theodorsen wore sporty O'Neil shorts and a blue and white striped top in Copenhagen. © Edward Berthelot
Janka Polliani sported denim knee shorts alongside pal Marianne Theodorsen wearing O'Neil for Copenhagen Fashion Week.

What are the shorts trends for 2024?

The SS24 runways were hot with leg-baring action, from Rejina Pyo’s rich beige Bermudas, to Celine’s sporty drawstring offerings. We were especially taken with Chanel and Paloma Wool’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-them itsy bitsy hot pants. We all have a trusty pair of denim shorts stashed in our wardrobes, but for this Summer why not add something a little more exciting to the mix with one of our It-girl approved trends?

5 shorts trends to have on your radar in 2024:

Micro shorts

A model wears sequin micro shorts and a long grey coat at Stella McCartney SS24
Stella McCartney SS24

Ah, the micro short, as seen at Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant. You may well be wondering what the difference is between a micro short and a pair of knickers? I’m afraid we can’t help there much, except to say that there is a touch more cheek coverage on the former, although that entirely depends on how you like to wear your undergarments quite frankly. All we will say is perhaps give these a swerve for Sunday lunch at Grandma’s…

  • Sabrina Micro Shorts

    Silence + Noise

    The Details

    • Composition: 76% Viscose, 21% Nylon, 3% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    A gloriously fun way to add a pop of red to your outfits. Team with sheer tights and a cute knit to tone down their skimpiness factor. 

    A low rise waist and piped detailing make this the perfect pair of party pants. 

  • Alessia Menswear Trouser Shorts

    Free People

    The Details

    • 100% Polyester

    Editor's Note

    Combining a cheeky silhouette with a grown-up print, and believe it or not - there's even room for pockets too. 

    Pair with ballet flats and an oversize blazer (embrace shoulder pads) to balance proportions.

  • Eunia Shorts in Nantucket Blue


    The Details

    • Composition: 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    We adore this styling, team with a baby tee and boots and you're absolutely good to go. 

    Super stretchy in a lycra fabric, this miniscule pair come in no less than 7 colours. 

  • Cotton Fleece Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Cotton

    Editor's Note

    Where Prada goes, we follow, and these cute as a button shorts were born to be worn with the matching cropped cardigan. 

    Find the iconic Prada triangle embroidered on the back of these tiny, yet timeless shorts. 

  • Soft Mini Hotpants


    The Details

    • Composition: Cotton 95%, Elastane 5%

    Editor's Note

    Soft cotton jersey and an extra wide waistband make these shorts perfect fare for getting out-and-about or lounging on the sofa (in equal measure). 

    This pair sports a regular waist, perfect for those who don't like to dabble in a low rise life. 


A model pairs blue and white striped shorts with a hoodie (and a coffee) at Didu SS24
Didu SS24

Those who fell in love with the comfortable, elasticated, super soft boxer shorts of previous seasons need not fret, they’re still very much on the radar for Summer 2024. Although word of warning, I wore a pair to my local pub and was asked no less than 7 times why I was wearing my boyfriend’s underwear to a public place. So be prepared. This year, blue and white stripes are still a brilliant option, but why not experiment with satin, linen or bright colour? 

  • Drawstring Linen Shorts

    & Other Stories

    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Linen

    Editor's Note

    We adore sumptuously soft linen with a slight crease (well we don't really want to do the ironing either) for an effortless ensemble. 

    She's got pockets, and you can also snap up the matching linen oversize shirt. Win win. 

  • Lena Green Wave Print Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 80% Lenzing Tencel™ Lyocell, 20% Linen

    Editor's Note

    Kitri has become our go-to for glorious prints in easy to wear silhouettes and this relaxed co-ord is no exception. 

    This gorgeous green wave print was inspired by Greek ceramic art, and they've also rustled up trousers, a top and a shirt, plus 2 dresses in the same print. Opa! 

  • Boxer Waist Detail Boyfriend Shorts in Orange Textured Stripe Co-ord

    Daisy Street

    The Details

    • Composition: 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester

    Editor's Note

    A high-rise waist plus a perfectly peachy orange stripe? Consider us sold. 

    Daisy Street are known for their sweet Summery prints and we'll be pairing these with platform sandals and 90s sunnies.

  • The Boxer: Hemp Green

    With Nothing Underneath

    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Hemp

    Editor's Note

    If you like shirts, you'll love WNU for their soft as butter and light yet as a feather offerings. Whether or not you wear something underneath we'll leave to your discretion. 

    Crafted from 100% hemp, a luxurious yet sustainable fabric, these green boxers come in 6 colours and have a flattering curved hem. 

  • Denim Pull-on Shorts


    The Details:

    • Composition: Cotton 82%, Polyester 18%

    Editor's Note

    Combine the beloved look of denim with the comfort of a thickly elasticated waist boxer short. Perfect for going overboard on a picky-bits dinner in the garden. 

    This extremely versatile pair also come in a dark denim wash. We've decided we'll be picking up both. 

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Long & tailored

A model wears cream knee length shorts and matching blazer at Zimmermann SS24
Zimmermann SS24

We’ve been waxing lyrical about the return of big, baggy Bermuda shorts (even Queen Rania is in on the action), but we want to introduce their slinky, slightly sexier cousin: the long, tailored short. Unlike the surfer-approved 'jort', these neat, tucked trims and razor-sharp hemlines are perfect for the office and pub alike. HR won’t bat an eye. 

  • Tailored Knee-Length Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 80% Lyocell, 20% Linen

    Editor's Note

    Effortlessly modern tailoring meets crisp, fresh white, breathable fabric. A Cos classic. 

    You could pair these shorts with the matching top (which sports epic back detail) or the waistcoat. Choices choices. 

  • Pleated Printed Cotton-Voile Shorts

    Thierry Colson

    The Details

    • Composition: 100% cotton

    Editor's Note

    These shorts are bound to put you in a good mood, and they're inspired by the brand's founder's travels around the world. 

    These knee-covering shorts are pleated at the hips to give you extra comfort and are intentionally a loose fit. 

  • Knee Length Suiting Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: Polyester 64%, Viscose 34%, Elastane 2%

    Editor's Note

    Thanks to the front and back creases, these longline shorts are perfect business fare, while the low waist adds an element of fun. 

    Born to be worn with a pair of kitten heels, a polo neck and a teensy-weensy handbag. 

  • Bermuda Shorts With Double Darts

    Massimo Dutti

    The Details

    • Composition: linen 59%, viscose 38%, elastane 3%

    Editor's Note

    You can always rely on Massimo Dutti to deliver effortlessly elegant and grown up staples you'll be wearing for years to come. 

    Sporting darted details and a linen blend, this loose cut pair will soon be on the fast-track to becoming a wardrobe go-to.  

  • Elara Tailored Shorts

    Jaded London

    The Details

    • Composition: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    Adding a distinctly Y2K spin (city shorts, remember those?) in grey and black houndstooth and a turned up hem.  

    A marvellous way to style the sheer knee high black socks we presently have on constant rotation. 


A model wears sheer lace bloomer shorts and matching crop top at Yuhan Wang SS24
Yuhan Wang SS24

We’re blaming Bridgerton for the white frills and ruffles that have cropped up in wild abundance. Bloomer shorts and lace trims (the latter being a safe bet for those who don’t want to go full Dickensian) are surprisingly more versatile than you might think. The puffed shape is very flattering, and we’ll be teaming ours with a cropped knit and cowboy boots for a touch of Beyonce energy.

  • Maeve Smocked Bloomer Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Cotton

    Editor's Note

    Polka dot print adds a touch of whimsy, perfectly paired with white ankle socks and a robust. black loafer. 

    Delicate and flattering, these shorts make a proper style statement without being too ostentatious.

  • Lace Low Rise Tiered Mini Skort


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% polyester

    Editor's Note

    Well hello cheeky! What could be more rambunctious than red ruffles and a bum skimming hem? 

    To dial down the naughtiness, pair with an oversized grey tshirt and a pair of biker boots. 

  • © Revolve

    The Dauphine Knickers


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Cotton

    Editor's Note

    We're big funs of the oversized ruffled waist on these knicker-esque bloomers. 

    Very romantic, this poplin frilled fantasy comes with a matching tank top with sweet bow ties. 

  • Penny Ruffle Shorties

    Fruity Booty

    The Details

    • Composition: 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    Fruity Booty specialise in underwear you'll immediately want to wear outside too and these shirred shorts are no exception. 

    The team at Fruity Booty spent a year perfecting this perfectly ruched design with their seamstresses in Portugal. 

  • Picnic Bloomers

    Out From Under

    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Polyester

    Editor's Note

    Ok, so technically pyjamas but we see no reason why this pair isn't perfect for a picnic in the park too. 

    Pop the matching bralet over a white tshirt for a more family-friendly take on the look. 

Denim with a difference

A model wears embroidered denim shorts at American Rag
American Rag

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have failed to notice that the hype around leopard print jeans has reached fever pitch. And your shorts certainly aren’t safe either. Whether emblazoned with animal print, pattern or embroidery, jazzed up denim breathes a burst of fresh air into your collection, as seen at Etro and Y/Project.

  • Printed denim short


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Cotton

    Editor's Title

    Who can say that Guess doesn't come to mind when thinking of iconic denim brands with a 90s twist? This Western themed print is officially SS24 approved. 

    All the classic elements of a timeless pair of denim shorts: 5 pockets, rigid fit and a high-rise waist but topped off with a joyful print. 

  • Leopard-Print Straight shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Cotton

    Editor's Note

    The cat got the cream this year, with leopard print adorning absolutely everything, and we have a real soft spot for animal print denim pieces. 

    We love the juxtaposition of these casual shorts teamed with a satin shirt and a heel.

  • Paisley Denim Shorts


    The Details

    • Composition: 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    Etro and paisley go together like peaches and cream, and their SS24 show was awash with the dreamiest prints.

    Team with a t-shirt for popping to the park, but add killer black accessories for more exciting adventures. 

  • Lowe Stripe Denim short


    The Details

    • Composition: 100% Organic Cotton

    Editor's Note

    A slightly longer length, so reassurance of no unwanted bum cheekery. 

    Did you know that Aligne have partnered with SOJO to offer a tailoring service for their products? Baggy waists begone. 

  • Cowboy Short 5 Inch in Dreamer


    The Details:

    • Composition: 98% Cotton 2% Elastane

    Editor's Note

    Dreamer is the perfect name for this whimsical floral print that captures all the delight of Spring, but none of the hayfever. 

    Both comfortable and durable, these shorts were developed with adventure in mind. Where will you wear yours?

How we chose:

Aesthetic: Letting the runway guide me,  I picked the coolest, Summeriest shorts I could find. 

Price: I've selected items from a wide range of price points to try and suit most budgets, without compromising on quality. 

Why you should trust me?

Working in fashion is simultaneously the best and worst thing that’s ever happened to me because spending all day surrounded by gorgeous pieces and trends lit a fire under my (already substantial) shopping habit. I love to shop. I live to shop, and summer ensembles are my jam. In a previous life, I worked in Personal Shopping, and I’m the person to take out with you if you want to be wholeheartedly talked into a purchase.

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