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When it comes to summer fashion, there's a lot to love. Breezy dresses! Super cute sandals! Bathing suits that celebrate your awesome curves! And then there are shorts—a garment that after about the age of 12, we kind of just put up with. After all, it's hard to find comfortable shorts for women that don't ride up, threatening PH levels and making you do that duck-walk to inconspicuously dislodge them. (Spoiler alert: It's not inconspicuous.) Also, nothing blesses you with a righteous case of thigh chafe quite like a pair of ill-fitting shorts.
So now that summer temps rival the surface of the sun, what's a fashion (and temperature) conscious woman to do? Well, a bit of research, that's what. Don't have time? I've got you. (And if you're rocking a bump, check out these maternity shorts instead!)
From my favorite personal recs to top suggestions from internet shoppers, I've rounded up a selection of stylish and comfortable shorts that make a solid addition to your summer wardrobe. From summer vacations to backyard BBQs, these styles will keep you cool and looking fresh, no duck-walking required.
Most comfortable shorts for women
A version of this story was published July 1, 2021. It has been updated.