Is it jumping the gun to already proclaim 2019 the year of the short? Despite never having fully exited the scene, it's fair to argue that shorts have taken a sartorial backseat the last several seasons. Separates like slip skirts, wide-leg trousers, and statement jean styles have temporarily taken their place. But, even early into the year, it seems that in 2019, shorts are a must-try trend once again. With temperatures steadily climbing upward and designers offering an arsenal of interesting silhouettes, it's due time to sit down and decide which style of shorts you and your legs are subscribing to this season.
For spring, luxury labels like Prada, Fendi, and The Row all offered up fresh takes on shorts as are buzzy contemporary brands including Nanushka and Ganni. A main takeaway: These iterations all feel like a major step up from your basic denim cutoffs. And, there are a slew of categories to choose from, which means there's an option no matter your personal style uniform, be it sleek and minimalist, preppy, or tomboyish. Ahead, find out what the six biggest shorts trends are right now and shop your favorite pairs to get started on your next great outfit.
What sounds better than slipping into a pair of roomy shorts with an elastic waistband? Answer: nothing. These sporty shell shorts are reminiscent of high school P.E. uniforms but with a luxury twist that makes them feel appropriate for adulthood. Team yours with a polished top and statement accessories, like a belt bag and ribbed socks.
Proenza Schouler PSWL
Parachute Drawstring-Waist Shorts
Rubber-Appliqued Neon Shell Shorts
Appliqued Shell Shorts
The biker shorts trend has been popular among fashion insiders for the last few seasons but like any trend, it's taken a while to become more mainstream. Brands of every sartorial bent are offering a pair of these spandex shorts, and influencers are illustrating their versatility by pairing them with layering pieces like blazers, sweaters, and dresses.
Holey Bike Shorts
Waves Satin-Jersey Shorts
Tailored shorts are effortlessly polished and also happen to prove especially useful during summer's hottest months when you still need to look as professional as possible. Wear them teamed with a matching blazer, or try them with a linen blouse tucked in — either way, a pair of structured shorts should be in every woman's closet.
Weekend Max Mara
Textured Weave Shorts
These long, slim shorts are for the especially adventurous sort. The key to making them feel cool is what you style with them — consider a pair of socks and cute loafers or 90s-inspired strappy sandals finished with a statement hoodie or graphic tee.
Houndstooth Jacquard Shorts
Your Instagram feed is likely flooded with photos and videos of your friends on some safari or outdoor adventure, dressed to the nines. If you're not headed to Africa anytime soon, but want to embody the spirit of adventure, embrace the season's selection of safari-inspired khaki-colored shorts.
Belted Cotton Shorts
Scotch & Soda
Pleated Woven Shorts
Pete Poplin Shorts
If you're a fan of the pajama dressing trend then a pair of silk, lace, or cotton shorts in a soft color palette should be at the top of your spring shopping list. Translate them to day with a crewneck sweater or button-down shirt.
Crep de Chine Shorts
See By Chloe
Lace-Trimmed Shell Shorts