The most stylish shorts perfect for the heatwave

black model wearing shorts and heels, women's shorts
(Image credit: 2021 Edward Berthelot)

One can't talk about heatwaves without mentioning this absolute wardrobe essential: women's shorts. If you're not a summer dress person, there's nothing better than shorts to style out the hot days, and lucky for us, shorts happen to be a major trend for summer 2020.

Shorts are often panic-inducing, perhaps because bum-skimming denim cut-offs immediately come to mind. But they have come a long way, cementing their status as one of the chicest sartorial choices for the warmer months.

The likes of Max Mara, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent re-imagined the staple in their spring/summer collections, creating long tailored, colourful and oversized pieces.

Here's a rundown of the top women's shorts trends to invest in this summer, and how to wear them.

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Denim shorts

tamu mcpherson wearing denim shorts, women's shorts

Owning a pair of good quality denim shorts is like owning that perfect white t-shirt, they will never go out of style, the kay is to pick a style that reaches to that doesn't look sprayed-on. For the new season, we love statement shorts with an unusual detail, like these pearl ones seen on Tamu McPherson.

Tailored shorts

pernille teisbaek wearing tailored shorts, women's shorts

Ever since Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid walked down the Max Mara runway in the most perfect short suits in pastel shades two years ago, tailored shorts have been put firmly back on the fashion map. Whilst the full ensemble is a great look for work, they are equally chic worn separately, with a a minimal white t-shirt and hiking sandals, as seen on Pernille Teisbaek. For SS21, try linen shorts.

Knee length shorts

tamu mcpherson wearing long prada shorts, women's shorts

Love the or loathe them, bermuda shorts are a key trend this summer, and you don't even have to have tall legs to pull them off. These are best worn with a crop top for balance, or a men's shirt and chunky sandals. I love this Prada look on Tamu (again!).

Short shorts

ellie delphine wearing tie dye micro shorts, women's shorts

Micro shorts have a bit of a bad rep, but they can be surprisingly chic, the key is balance. Ellie from Slip Into Style keeps things chic by teaming her shorts with an oversized top. And don't be afraid to embrace colours and prints for summer.

Now that you know your trends, it's time to shop my edit of the best women's shorts below.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.