It’s time to put those low-rise shorts on the backburner (finally) because this spring/summer the high-waisted trend is set to soar. With temperatures on the rise, our pins are more than ready for the big revea. Choose the rigt pair and high-waisted shorts not only elongate our legs but also highlight our waists. Whether you’re heading to the beach or looking for a pair of office friendly cut-offs, there are countless ways to successfully incorporate the high-waisted short into your wardrobe. From denim casuals to smartly tailored pieces we’ve put together a list of the best waist-defining shorts on offer this season.
1. Reiss Azalea Printed Shorts: £95, Reiss
We fell head over heels for the multi-coloured, almost ethereal print on this pair. Cut with a sheer white overlay (which is fully lined), the dusky pink and turquoise watercolour design is effortlessly elegant. We think these would be a fantastic addition to any summer wardrobe, particularly if you’re looking for a pair to wear to a special occasion.
2. Topshop MOTO Embroidered Mom Shorts: £32, Topshop
The classic denim short has been given an update with this intricately embroidered style. Red floral embellishments decorate the front and sides while the raw cut-off hem and splits at the seam contrast for added edge. The high-rise cut sits perfectly on the waist and the belt loops mean a tucked in top is a must – opt for something floaty like a loose-fitting cami for nonchalant flair.
3. River Island Black Lace Trim Smart Shorts: £25, River Island
If you like to mix girlish detail with masculine structure then these are the perfect shorts for you. The soft woven fabric means they’re super-comfortable to wear, while strategic pleating gives a sense of tailoring and definition. We love the addition of the black lace to the hem, which adds a little length and makes them great for days where you plan to head straight from the boardroom to bar.
4. Miss Selfridge Ditsy Tie Waist Short: £28, Miss Selfridge
Set against black, lightweight fabric, the busy pink and orange flowers on this pair draw attention to your bottom half, as does the kick flare hem, which is great if you’re looking to accentuate this area. Cinch in your middle with the self-tie belt for a super flattering fit or swap it out for a trendy belt for added style points.
5. Mara Hoffman Striped Textured Cotton Shorts: £151, Mara Hoffman
Known for her love of print and pattern, New York-based designer Mara Hoffman created these sky-blue striped shorts for easy dressing in the hot summer months. Crafted from textured cotton with a paper bag-style elastic waist, they offer both style and comfort. Co-ordinate with a blue shirt for cooler days.
6. Diesel Koi Print Shorts: £118.74, Diesel
If you’re looking for something a little different, then these Koi fish-print shorts from Diesel tick all the right boxes. The soft, flowing fabric and obscured pleating mean they swish just the right amount when you walk and we love the contrast of the pale blue, heather and velvety red design. They don’t just look great though as the addition of concealed side pockets and nifty belt loops means they’re functional too.
7. Mango Soft Fabric Shorts: £29.99, Mango
Warmer weather calls for sunny hues and these yellow shorts are a great way to inject a little colour into your wardrobe. They’re made from super-soft, lightweight fabric which means they’re great for day-to-day wear, while subtle tailoring in the turned up hem and flat tie-waist affords a more refined look. These would look great with a crisp white shirt and smart leather slides.
8. H&M Patterned Shorts: £14.99, H&M
Well-made with insert lace-detailed hems and a delicate floral print motif, we had to look twice at the £14.99 price tag. These shorts are a real bargain and guarantee to see you through many a midsummer occasion – they’re relaxed enough to wear in the day but with the right accessories they’ll see you through the evening, too. Wear them on sunny days with a shoulder-baring top.
9. Zimmerman Epoque Broderie Anglaise Shorts: £245, Zimmerman
Broderie anglaise is almost synonymous with spring/summer so we’re not surprised it’s found its way onto a pair of shorts. These are super feminine with a lightly scalloped edge and despite the loose overlay they remain slim to the body with a well-structured fit. While we love this powder-blue pair, they also come in black for those of you who don’t want to draw too much attention to your bottom half.
10. & Other Stories Tie Detail High Waist Shorts: £55, & Other Stories
This tailored pair of navy shorts look simple at first glance, but take another peek and you’ll notice the tie details at the hem. Striking the balance between fit, form and fun, the streamlined design and modest colour mean you can get away with a little playfulness. For a pulled-together look, tuck in a billowing silk blouse and pair with chunky brogues for the day or an open-toe sandal at night.
For a pair of high-waisted shorts that will see you through the summer, day or night, we recommend Reiss’ floaty floral pair. We can’t get enough of the dreamy colour palette and think they’ll look just as fab paired with summer sandals as they would heels. If you want something a bit more casual though then go for Mango’s yellow pair for an instant outfit pick me up that won’t break the bank.
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