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VSchoosing shorts can be trial and error. Trying on is essential and often buying a size up allows for a better fit. Find a shape that suits you, from slim fit to loose, mini or longer. Add a touch of glamor with a high waist or paper bag. Essential Antwerp’s orange (2, below) and pink cotton style is cut for comfort. Wear with their striped belt (£75) and tucked-in tonal top for a chic look. Reiss’ mint green tailored shorts (£138) are perfect for smart summer events, worn with a matching blazer. Sezane’s Rome High Waisted Belted Shorts (£100) come in washed black, khaki and floral print denim, and sit perfectly on the tailored and casual line. Tuck in a shirt or tank top and you’re done.

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion
Sydney Sweeney at Coachella Photography: Image/RP press agency

If comfort is your thing, look no further than Aligne’s terrycloth style (£59), Maje’s heather gray jersey pair (1, below), Pangaia’s recycled and organic cotton shorts (£65) in a rainbow of shades, or itsy-terry quick-dry beachcomber styles from Me + Em (7, below). Denim shorts are always in style.

We love the mid-thigh pair of Whistles (5, below), available in four shades. Or grab the scissors for an old pair of jeans to get your perfect length and fray the edges, or grab an old pair with a set of iron-on patches (£2, etsy.com).

Swap out your casual shorts for leather or lace for the perfect festival outfit. Get the Coachella look of Sydney Sweeney from Euphoria (left) with Benetton’s Broderie Anglaise pair (£49.95). Don’t be afraid to choose retro shorts in bold patterns like polka dots, stripes and even checks. And finally, let’s not forget the matchy-matchy co-ord – a fast track to summer style.

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

1. Embroidered Ruffle Fleece Shorts, £104en.maje.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

2. Dark orange high waisted shorts, £130, essential-antwerp.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

3. Patricia Black Floral Shorts, £85, kitristudio.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

4. Embroidered shorts, £101, sandro-paris.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

5. Denim shorts, £59, whistles.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

6. Patchwork detail, £74, desigual.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

7. Terry Cloth Shorts, £65, meandem.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

8. Wave print, £69, houseofsunny.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

9. Cut jeans, £39.95, gap.co.uk

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

10. Bespoke linen, £125, glove.co.uk

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

11. Pleated linen, £60, boden.co.uk

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

12. Rome, £105, sezane.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

13. Checked, £180, railsclothing.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

14. Pink Satin, £22.99, zara.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

15. Linen, £35, market.com

16 of the best shorts to wear this summer – in pictures |  Fashion

16. Striped, £40, roxy-uk.co.uk

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