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Think shorts are only for the beach? Think again! These stylish summer shorts for women will take you from day to night, city to sea, and so much more! Read this post to choose from a wide variety of styles (and lengths, too)!
Summer Shorts for Women
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While you may not want to wear shorts for a city trip, they’re ideal for travels to beach destinations. Take a look at the next section where you can find these and even more vacation-friendly wardrobe options!
Best Options For Summer Shorts
Lightweight and Packable Shorts
In my never-ending quest to pack light, I obsess with the lightest and most packable fabrics. When it comes to wearing shorts for summer, women travelers need cotton, rayon, and viscose for summer travel fabrics. These fabrics also help keep the bulk and weight of your suitcase to a minimum.
I’m always on the lookout for cute summer shorts for women, like these that don’t add any weight to my luggage but they pack a punch in style. As a major plus, these fabrics are also super comfortable and easy to wear.
Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Sailor style shorts are hitting the racks everywhere this summer. These flirty and feminine designs have the tendency to flatter a wide range of body types, making them a perfect pair of fashion shorts for ladies. With a naturally high waist, they also accentuate our best curves, too.
Loving the Sailor Button Detail Shorts from Jag Jeans, very chic and timeless!
Pair these shorts with our best sandals for travel this summer!
Classic Chic Shorts
Who said shorts were only for the beach? With this classic pair of fashion shorts, women of all body shapes can pair them with sandals, but they’ll look just as good (if not better) with heels.
Check out our top vacation picks for cute summer sandals for women!
Summer Lovin’ Shorts in Chambray also with Plus
Chambray is one of the best ways for travelers to lighten their suitcase this season without sacrificing a love for denim. Jean shorts are one of the staples in my sun chasing travel wardrobe but it’s amazing how much one denim piece can weigh in comparison to clothing made of other fabrics.
With a mission to pack the lightest ever for my upcoming trip next month, I just scooped up a pair of shorts like these. I can’t wait to test them out in a few weeks!
Check out our favorite pieces of chambray clothing and stock up now!
Knee Length Shorts
Not everyone is a fan of shorter shorts so I’m giving you a few longer options to choose from. Whether you prefer relaxed Bermuda or fitted cotton, there’s enough variation here in prints and color that you can pick up one or two to mix and match in your vacation packing list.
I’d suggest one print or a vibrant hue, plus one neutral to keep a nice balance.
Looking for the ultimate vacation packing list? Download our fee checklist here!
Print Dressy Shorts
Who doesn’t love a pretty print for spring and summer? This is a great way to brighten up a neutral wardrobe. Just make sure you can mix and match the majority of your tops to make the most of a minimalist packing list.
Summer shorts for women in a lightweight fabric like rayon are an added bonus if you’re traveling to hot destinations!
Read this post to find out what’s the best fabric for travel!
Breezy Linen Shorts
Linen is one of the top fabrics to help you stay cool on your summer vacation. Chilled out and relaxed, linen summer shorts for women are easy breezy and are sure to be the perfect item in your travel wardrobe on hot trips.
Designers tend to choose more casual cuts for linen so my vote goes to this high waist style that’s easily dressed up or down. Travel outfits don’t have to get sloppy in the heat. You just need to choose your fabrics wisely.
Check out this season’s ten best pieces of linen clothing!
Should I wear shorts?
Shorts are a controversial topic on Travel Fashion Girl. Not all female travelers feel comfortable wearing them and some even say you shouldn’t use them after a certain age (30, ouch).
Hearing so many opinions about one of my absolute favorite pieces of clothing caused a bit of internal conflict in my life. I chase the sun. I live by the sea. I don’t like wearing skirts. And I love wearing shorts.
BUT was I no longer allowed to wear them in my early thirties? Heartbreak.
During my time living in Playa del Carmen, any confusion I’ve had about women wearing shorts has subsided. I’ve seen women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wearing stylish shorts that were not only vacation appropriate – they were extremely flattering, too. If they could wear them, why can’t I?
An Italian fashion stylist in Rome explained to me her theory about shorts: if you have the legs, why not? It’s as simple as that.
With newfound confidence, I’m eager to wear my favorite piece of clothing once again and I’ve recently come across several pairs of stylish shorts for ladies that I thought were absolutely perfect for travel!
Take a look at these cute summer shorts for women!
What’s the best fabric for summer shorts?
I had two types of vacation shorts on my shopping list this past month: weightless summer shorts and a light chambray pair to replace my heavier denim.
Find out how to wear chambray clothing for your next trip
They’re perfect for beach and hot weather travel because they’re rayon – one of the best (and my favorite) fabric for the heat.
Because rayon is extremely lightweight and breathable, it keeps you cool while taking up practically no space or weight in your suitcase. Definitely a pair of travel shorts women globetrotters will want on their packing list!
Summer Shorts Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING||PRICE|
|Roxy Oceanside Beach Short||These fabrics are also super comfortable and easy to wear.||Check Price|
|Sailor Button Detail Shorts||These flirty and feminine designs have the tendency to flatter a wide range of body types, making them a perfect pair of fashion shorts for ladies||Check Price|
|Lilly Pulitzer Buttercup Short||With this classic pair of fashion shorts, women of all body shapes can pair them with sandals.||Check Price|
|Summer Lovin' Shorts in Chambray also with Plus||Chambray is one of the best ways for travelers to lighten their suitcase this season without sacrificing love for denim.||Check Price|
|Relaxed Fit Flat Bermuda Short Plus||relaxed Bermuda or fitted cotton, there’s enough variation here in prints and color that you can pick up one or two to mix and match in your vacation packing list.||Check Price|
|Floral Print Summer Boho Beach Shorts||Summer shorts for women in a lightweight fabric like rayon are an added bonus if you’re traveling to hot destinations!||Check Price|
|Caslon Linen Shorts||Chilled out and relaxed, linen summer shorts for women are easy breezy and are sure to be the perfect item in your travel wardrobe on hot trips.||Check Price|
How to Pack Travel Shorts
Packing cubes will change the way you pack. I designed my own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where I’ve packed everything — even my summer shorts!
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
Shorts, summer, and travel; sounds like paradise! What are your favorite summer shorts for women? Share and comment below!
For more tips on summer fashion, please read this post:
- 6 Purse Essentials Every Woman Should Bring on Summer Vacation
- Cute Summer Shorts for Women: 8 Trends to Buy Right Now
- 7 Classic Summer Tunics to Shop Now
- The Best Sandals for Travel this Summer: Shoes Reinventing How Comfort Looks
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Soul Escape gifted the shorts but all opinions and love of shorts are my own.