Five Summer Shorts Every Mom Should Have in Her Closet
Summer Shorts - The 2023 Mom Edit
When it comes to shorts, the varieties are endless. Denim shorts, Bermuda shorts, tailored shorts, and even skorts – where do you even begin? It’s hard to keep up with what’s on-trend, not to mention combing through all the options to find what works best for your body type.
Stress no more! After scouring the internet for the best-reviewed shorts of summer 2023 and hitting the stores to try them all on, we’ve narrowed down our top five summer shorts that every mom should have in her closet. With these recommendations, you’ll be ready for just about any summer activity you have planned and you’ll look and feel great while you’re at it! Keep in mind that most of our summer short recommendations come in a variety of colors, so if you find a favorite, we suggest snagging a couple of pairs!
Five Summer Shorts Every Mom Should Have:
A classic pair of denim shorts that allows you to move around freely (aka chase the kids) and matches with anything is a must. Conveniently for moms, mid-length shorts are on-trend this summer. This relaxed pair from Madewell is a classic mid-wash with a 5-inch inseam and a side slit that allows for a little extra roominess in the legs.
Pro tip: We suggest getting one size down unless you want a baggy fit.
A vintage fatigue short is a nice way to add a little variety to your shorts collection, and switch it up when you aren’t feeling denim. This pair has the softest, stretchiest fabric, and, to our surprise, was the most comfortable pair of shorts we tried on that day (yes, they came home with us!). This particular green color is a shade brighter than a traditional olive green, giving it a cool, summer vibe. The Madewell Fatigue also comes in rich khaki and a brick color, and we loved both colors. These shorts look great styled with a crisp white button-down and strappy sandals for a polished look, but can just as easily look great with a tee and sneakers.
Pro tip: Madewell tends to run big, so size down one size from your usual!
Aritzia Wilfred Effortless Linen 5″ Short:
One of the summer’s hottest trends when it comes to shorts is linen. Yes, linen is always a go-to for summer thanks to its loose-weave fabrication that allows for maximum breathability. But combine linen shorts with pleats and a longer inseam, and you have the must-have shorts of the season.
We chose the Effortless Linen 5-inch Shorts from Aritzia for many reasons, but chiefly, for the luxurious and high quality soft and drapey linen, and Tencel fabrication that looks – and feels – like a million bucks. These shorts are also sustainably made, which is the cherry on top. Perfect for a date night, or anytime when you want to dress up but not swelter in jeans, these shorts have you covered.
Pro tip: They come in a ton of colors and in a 7-inch length. We decided to size up one in these shorts for a more flattering fit!
A tried and true favorite, and for good reason. These Agolde shorts (found at various retailers – try Nordstrom’s!) feature a relaxed fit, mid-thigh inseam, and the perfect amount of distressing. They are comfortable and versatile and will become a go-to staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Pro tip: For the best fit, get your usual size.
Every mom needs a pair of shorts with an elastic waistband, amiright? Even better when they have a soft, drapey leg and linen fabrication that gives them an effortless, stylish look. We particularly like how flattering and comfortable the wide waistband is! These J. Crew high-rise shorts come in three neutral colors, and we won’t blame you if you buy all three.
With so many style options available for summer shorts, we hope our recommendations (made specifically for mamas) help make dressing this summer a breeze. We want you to feel confident, beautiful, and focused on enjoying your summer!
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