25 Pairs Of Shorts You Can Wear Inside And Outside This Summer

25 Pairs Of Shorts You Can Wear Inside And Outside This Summer

Comfortable enough to lounge in, but cute enough to wear out, or what I refer to as “The Dream.”

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Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.


A pair of shorts made of a cotton and linen blend, which means they won’t be too stiff to sit in but will also let your legs breathe when you’re outside.


Promising review: “I love those shorts! They are so soft and comfortable! I also love the fact that they have pretty deep pockets. They are the perfect length for everyday wear, and the color is lovely. The only thing is that the holes where the string comes out of seem a little flimsy. So far nothing has ripped though, so maybe it’s fine.” —Johnson

Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in eight colors).


Seamless ribbed bike shorts you could wear for lounging around and finishing your book — or working out — whatever is more your summer speed.

Free People

Promising review: “These are the best biker shorts ever. These shorts are so comfortable and are the perfect length. Definitely worth it!” —Isabelt13

Get them from Free People for $20 (available in sizes XS-L and in 15 colors).


A printed lace trim pair so you can ~squeeze~ the day when you wear them and accomplish whatever is (or is not) on your to-do list.


Promising review: “These are so cute and comfortable. I wear them around my own home and yard. I just find them so comfortable and hate tight and binding clothes. The material is not cheapy thin and the waistband is not binding at all. They wash up well, I dry them on low, so haven’t tried just regular setting. (cold or warm water). The price was great. I bought some other shorts this summer and they were cheapy thin material that just looked horrible after washing and drying so I would recommend these shorts.” —vonnied

Get them from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 20 patterns).


Button-front shorts for a professional look without a professional feel. Your team might not be able to see your bottom half in your video meeting, but at least you’ll feel like a boss while rocking these.


Coedition is a fashion marketplace, based in New York that brings together clothing and accessories from more than 100 brands in sizes 14-32. These shorts are made from 85% cotton and 15% flax, and they should be hand-washed.

Get them from Coedition for $35 (available in sizes 1X-5X and in blue and yellow).


A fringe style super easy to pull on in the morning when you really can’t even think about pulling an outfit together. Throw these on with your favorite white T-shirt, and you’ll be G2G. (Even if that “go” is just to the couch.)*

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Promising review: “I love these shorts, I love the details! and they are super comfortable. so glad that I purchased them!” —Dorothy Faudi

Get them from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in five colors).


Pull-on denim shorts great for anyone who really likes the look of denim but not always the constricting feeling. These have an elastic waistband and loose fit, so they’re great for working and then taking a mid-day walk break.


Get them from Asos for $49 (available in sizes 2-12).


Athletic pocket shorts you’ll want to have on ~hand~ for any run to the grocery store so you can stash your phone and keys in your pocket and not worry about lugging your whole purse around.


Promising review: “This are great! I wear a 20 in jeans and bought the 2x. I bought the, to be able to go walking in, wear around the house, and while working on the pool. I was excited that the material was lightweight and easy to dry. The waist is not the knit I expected, so I think it will dry faster than I thought too. Standing they come just to the knee which means they hit mid-thigh when I sit and don’t ride too high when I bend over. Probably the thing I am most excited about is the deep pockets! So hard to find them in womenswear. I would definitely buy again.” —Deirdre

Get them from Amazon for $42.49 (available in sizes 1X-3X and in eight colors, patterns, and styles).


Tie-waist shorts made with lightweight fabric so you won’t be ~tied~ down by heavy fabric when the temperature outside keeps rising and the fan in your apartment just isn’t cutting it.


Promising review: “They are so comfy and stretch to fit your shape! They can be casual or dressy. They are the perfect length and require NO constant pulling down. These shorts are perfect for summer!” —MACKENZIE

Get them from Aerie for $23.97 (originally $39.95; available in sizes XXS-XXL and in eight colors and patterns).


Slouchy shorts you won’t feel like a slouch in when you wear them because they still look nice.

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Promising review: “I really love these shorts. The material is very soft, and is nice and stretchy. The pattern selection is great. The shorts fit exactly as they are supposed to and the gathering detail on the shorts is perfect. I’m seriously amazed at how nice these shorts are. They have a good high-ish waist on them and the length of the shorts is ideal — covers my butt completely and a little more.” —Sarah

Get them from Amazon for $18.95 (available in sizes S–XL and nine colors and patterns).


Tencel trousers designed to look just as good paired with a cropped T-shirt as they do with a tank top.


Barkwood is a Black woman-owned business making clothing for sizes 0-30 in Los Angeles.

Get them from Barkwood for $165 (available in sizes 0-30 and in blue and black).


A leopard print pair that are cute, comfortable, *and* at such a great price, you may go a little ~wild~ and add them to your cart immediately.

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Promising review: “I wanted a pair of shorts to wear at home in the summer. These are perfect! They are super light. I ordered an XL. I’m 5-foot-4 153 lbs, I normally wear size 8 in jeans. The size I ordered is perfect because they are not tight. If I would have ordered a large, they would have been snug!” —Jen Man

Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in sizes S-XXL).


Button-down shorts to add a pop of color to your wardrobe for both you and (possibly) the outside world to see.

Risk Twenty Two

Risk Twenty Two is a Black woman-owned business based in Los Angeles, offering affordable fashion-forward pieces.

Get them from Risk Twenty Two fro $39.50 (available in sizes S-L).


Drawstring shorts made with 5% spandex, so it won’t be a ~stretch~ to say these will quickly become a favorite of yours that you’ll grab at least once a week.

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Promising review: “These shorts are really cute and comfy. If you want a looser fit, I would suggest to size one up! Can’t wait to wear them all summer 😍.” —Vika Skyz

Get them from Amazon for $17.98 (available in sizes S-XL and in 10 styles).


Linen shorts that’ll be a ~breeze~ to wear all the time, because they’re in a great neutral color that’ll match with so much in your wardrobe.


Promising review: “I love these. They are the perfect work-from-home shorts, if you are planning on being comfortable throughout the day. Normally I’m a size 6, and I bought the medium. They’re definitely a little loose, but that’s what I was looking for!” — BeeKay26

Get them from Nordstrom for $34.30 (originally $49; available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors).


Shorts great for lounging around and watching Netflix, but that will still look nice if you happen to run into your favorite neighbor while on your daily trip to get the mail.

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Promising review: “These are the perfect casual summer shorts. I wanted something soft and comfortable for travel and walking, but not too ‘furry’ like some of the lower-end lounge or cotton shorts. These are perfect. They are extremely lightweight, breathable and comfortable without being too expensive or too ‘sweatshirt/gym shorts’ looking. I think length is perfect. These exceeded my expectations on every level. I am going to order another pair in a different color right away.” —KateB

Get them from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS–S, L–XL and in gray or navy).


A white pair you’ll wear from now till wayyy after Labor Day, because rules like that are made to be broken by a fashionista like you.


Get them from Eloquii for $29.99 (originally $59.95; available in sizes 14-28). Plus, new customers get 50% off one item and 40% off everything else in the order with our exclusive promo code BUZZFEED50.


A pair of bike shorts you may find yourself living in because they’re stretchy, supportive, *and* have pockets on the side big enough to fit your phone. Now that’s a win-win-win.


Promising review: “I’m a HIGH Fitness instructor and training for a marathon, and I LOVE these shorts! I want them in every color! The pockets fit my phone (iPhone 6s) great (but would fit bigger phones), which is perfect for runs. I bought the dark heathered purple and the black. I was afraid of showing sweat, so I avoided the lighter colors, but the black and purple don’t show sweat. The black material is thicker and more cotton-like, while the purple is spandex-like material. Both are wonderful! I am a size 4 pants, 5-foot-6, 125 pounds, and I got a small. The purple shorts seem to run a tiny bit smaller than the black ones did, so I could have gotten a medium in purple, though the small in black is absolutely perfect. Either way, they fit well, and I absolutely love them! They feel very high-quality.” —Erica

Get them from Amazon for $22.98 (available in sizes XS-3X and in 49 length and color combinations).


A knit style that’ll essentially make you feel like you’re wearing your pajamas all day long, without, you know, actually wearing your pajamas all day long.

Beginning Boutique

Beginning Boutique is a small woman-owned business based in Brisbane, Australia that has a variety of more affordable fashion pieces.

Get them from Beginning Boutique for $47.99 (available in sizes XS-XL).


An elastic waist pair that almost look like a skirt but with the added confidence that a gust of wind *won’t* surprise you and cause you to flash the world.


Promising review: “I love these shorts so much! They are lightweight for the summer, yet not see-through. They are comfy and can be dressed up or down! So happy I bought them!” —JSmith

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X-4X and in 15 colors, patterns, and styles).


Tie-dye lounge shorts for a subtle twist on the tie-dye trend that doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere any time soon.

Radiantly Reborn

Radiantly Reborn is a small woman-owned business creating one-of-a-kind tie-dye pieces in Clearwater, Florida.

Get them from Radiantly Reborn on Etsy for $39 (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).


Athletic shorts great for that indoor virtual workout class you signed up for or just a run. Whatever is more your ~speed~.


Promising review: “These shorts are great! They are super comfy and not that heavy, so they are fabulous to workout in. They stretch nicely so they always fit.” —Paige Coble

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors and patterns).


Twill shorts all your ~buds~ will be asking you where you got them from, because they’ll want to get their own pair.

Forever 21

Get them from Forever 21 for $14.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X).


A tropical style you’ll be in such ~disbe-leaf~ over, you may just pick up another pair in a different pattern.

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Promising review: “These are so adorable and comfortable! I’m always wary of buying clothes on Amazon, but I love these enough that I’m purchasing a second pair.” —Abigail Mangold

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 15 patterns and styles).


Yoga lounge shorts that’ll be a ~mauve-lous~ addition to the clothes you wear all the time, no matter if you do yoga in them or not.


Promising review: “These are the perfect high waisted lounge shorts. Can be used for running or lounging. I am 5-foot-8 135 lbs and a medium fits great. It’s a little loose around the waist, but there are strings to tie and the extra room is comfier anyways.” —Connor

Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (available in XS-3X and in 12 colors).


And a printed pair you’ll want to rock at least once a week because they’re just so cool and different than anything else you already own.

Rochelle Porter Design / Etsy

Rochelle Porter Design is a Black woman-owned business that has been creating bold print activewear in Atlanta, Georgia since 2015. Many of the prints are inspired by the designer’s Caribbean roots. These leggings have a four-way stretch and are made with microfiber yarn.

Get them from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $42 (available in sizes XS-XL).

Me to me every morning when I get dressed:

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