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Article: Buying Guide to Shorts

Buying Guide to Shorts

Buying Guide to Shorts

WRITTEN BY Julia Moreno Cereijo

Shorts are a must-have of summer fashion for men and women that provide comfort and style on warm days, whether you're lounging on the beach, strolling through the city, or attending a casual gathering. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about shorts, from different types and fabrics to styling tips to enhance your looks. Get ready to embrace the summer season with the ultimate guide to shorts by BEIGE I BROWN.

Types of Shorts

Shorts come in a wide variety of styles, lengths, and fits, catering to different preferences and occasions. Let's explore the various types of shorts available and discover which ones suit your style best.

Types of Shorts for Women

When it comes to women’s shorts, there’s an extensive range of options to choose from. Here are some popular types you should consider:

Pleated Shorts

Pleated shorts feature elegant folds or pleats that add a touch of sophistication to your outfit. They are perfect for creating a polished and chic look, especially when paired with a blouse or a tailored top.

When it comes to embodying this trend, look no further than the Tailored High-Waisted Shorts Malin by House of Dagmar. These offer front pleats, which are the epitome of timeless elegance, making them an ideal choice for warm summer days when you strive to keep your look classy. The waistband sits tightly, beautifully emphasizing your silhouette, while the shorts boast a trendy loose fit that ensures both comfort and style. 

Cut-Off Shorts

Cut-off shorts are a casual and trendy option for those seeking a relaxed fit. These shorts are typically made from denim and have a frayed or raw hem, giving them a cool and effortless vibe.

In line with this trend, the High-Rise Shorts Dee by Agolde, perfectly capture the essence of laid-back fashion. These exude a vintage vibe with their frayed hem, front and back pockets, and small side slits. Combining comfort and style, these shorts are the ultimate choice for creating a fashionable and relaxed look. Pair them with your favorite tee or tank for a versatile and effortlessly cool and timeless summer outfit.

Paper Bag Shorts

If you're looking for a trendy and flattering style, paper-bag-style shorts are a must-have. With their high-waisted design and built-in tie, they create a gathered waistline reminiscent of a paper bag. Pair them with a tucked-in top or a cropped cotton sweater to highlight the waist and complete the chic look. These shorts are versatile and perfect for any occasion.

Embodying this trend, the High-Waisted Cotton Shorts by Erika Cavallini, available at BEIGE I BROWN, exude timeless elegance and sophistication. These summer shorts feature a neatly sitting waistband and a wide-leg design. With pleats on the front, side pockets, and turn-up hems, they offer both style and functionality. Whether you dress them up or down, these shorts are a wardrobe staple that will elevate your summer outfits with their timeless charm.


Denim shorts are a timeless choice for women, exuding a casual and rugged look. Their versatility allows for effortless pairing with various tops, making them perfect for everyday wear. From a simple white V-neck tee to a sleeveless button-down blouse in a calico or stripe print, classic denim shorts complement any outfit. Opt for denim with a touch of spandex for improved flexibility and comfort. While cutting down jeans for a fringe effect was fun in teenage years, a rolled cuff or hem offers a more polished and finished look.

Embodying this trend, the Loose Shorts Ira by Agolde, available at BEIGE I BROWN, showcase a loose-fit design with a frayed uneven hem and vintage effect. These denim shorts effortlessly combine comfort and style, allowing you to embrace the timeless appeal of denim while providing a relaxed and fashionable vibe to the overall look.


Bermuda shorts are the perfect choice to maintain a professional look in warm weather. Falling just above the knee, they strike a balance between comfort and style. For a summery business casual outfit, pair them with a blouse and a blazer. On more relaxed days, a t-shirt or tucked-in blouse works well with Bermuda shorts. 

In line with this trend, the Drawstring Cashmere Shorts by FTC Cashmere,  offer a luxurious and fashionable option. These wide cashmere shorts feature white decorative stitches and an adjustable drawstring waistband. With their stylish loose fit and shorter length, they are the ideal choice for staying chic and comfortable on warm summer days.


Beach shorts are designed with lightweight and breathable fabrics, perfect for a day at the seaside. They often feature vibrant prints or patterns, embracing a fun and carefree aesthetic.

In line with this trend, the Elasticated-Waistband Linen Shorts by 120% Lino, offer a combination of comfort and luxury. Crafted from high-quality linen, these shorts provide a comfortable and breathable experience. With a relaxed fit, convenient pockets, and an elastic waistband, they ensure both style and practicality. Whether you're strolling along the beach or enjoying a beachside lunch, these linen shorts will keep you looking effortlessly chic and feeling cool in the summer heat.


Printed shorts come in a wide array of patterns and designs, adding a pop of color and personality to your outfit. They are a fantastic way to showcase your unique style and make a fashion statement.

Embodying this trend, the Striped Silk Shorts by House of Dagmar, available at BEIGE I BROWN, offer a luxurious and eye-catching option. Made from their luxurious and fluid silk twill, these mid-rise shorts are accentuated by a classic diagonal stripe print. These effortlessly combine comfort, style, and sophistication, allowing you to stand out with their bold and vibrant design. Pair them with a solid-colored top or create a stylish pattern mix for a fashion-forward look that exudes confidence and individuality.

Low-Rise shorts

Low-waisted shorts are a fashion choice that embraces a daring and carefree vibe. Sitting below the natural waistline, they offer a relaxed and casual look. These shorts accentuate the hips and create a more laid-back silhouette. Perfect for sunny days or beach outings, low-waisted shorts can be paired with crop tops or breezy tanks to achieve a trendy summer style. Their versatility allows for easy pairing with sandals, sneakers, or even heels for a playful look. 

High-Waisted shorts

High-waisted shorts are a trendy fashion must-have that exudes retro charm with a modern twist. Designed to sit above the waist, these shorts accentuate the curves and create a flattering silhouette. Their versatility allows them to be dressed up or down effortlessly, making them perfect for various occasions. Whether paired with a cropped top for a casual day out or combined with a blouse for a chic evening look, high-waisted shorts offer comfort, style, and a touch of nostalgia to any outfit.

Types of Shorts for Men

Linen Shorts 

Linen shorts for men offer stylish versatility. Ideal for warm weather, they are best worn in various colors like khaki, blue, and black. Pair them with sneakers for a casual look or loafers for a business casual vibe. With different lengths and styles available, like tailored or cargo, linen shorts are a fashionable choice for summer outfits.

Along with this trend, at BEIGE I BROWN you will find the perfect choice to embrace this style: the Drawstring Linen Shorts by 120% Lino. These linen shorts are a must-have this season, offering a stylish minimalistic design. They feature convenient pockets and an elastic waist with a drawstring, providing both comfort and functionality. With its attention to detail and high-quality linen fabric, these shorts are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Pleated Shorts 

Pleated shorts for men are a stylish and comfortable choice for the modern gentleman. Featuring a classic pleated design, these shorts offer a refined and sophisticated look. The pleats provide extra room and flexibility, ensuring ease of movement. Made from high-quality materials, they are durable and perfect for casual or semi-formal occasions. With their timeless appeal, pleated shorts effortlessly combine fashion and functionality, making them a must-have addition to any man's wardrobe.

To embrace this trend, check out the Tailored Jersey Shorts by Aeronautica Militare. These men's shorts are crafted from soft and comfortable cotton jersey fabric. With a knee-long length and practical side pockets, they offer both style and functionality. Adding a touch of sophistication, the shorts feature a metallic eagle emblem on the hip, showcasing the brand's signature detail. Whether paired with a casual t-shirt or a polo shirt, these tailored jersey shorts deliver a refined and timeless look. 

Swim Shorts

Swim shorts for men are the ultimate summer essential. Designed for both style and functionality, these shorts are the perfect choice for days at the beach or pool. Made from quick-drying materials, they ensure comfort in and out of the water. With a variety of lengths, patterns, and colors to choose from, swim shorts offer versatility. Equipped with pockets and an adjustable waistband, they provide convenience and a secure fit. Whether you prefer a bold print or a classic solid, swim shorts are the go-to choice for a stylish and enjoyable swim season.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo shorts for men are the epitome of functionality and style. With their multiple pockets and durable construction, they offer ample storage space and convenience for your essentials. Whether you're going on an outdoor adventure or simply running errands, cargo shorts provide versatility and practicality. Their relaxed fit and rugged appeal make them a timeless wardrobe must-have. 

The Lightweight Cotton Cargo Shorts by Aeronautica Militare, are made from high-quality cotton gabardine, providing both durability and comfort. With front, back, and side pockets, they offer ample storage for your belongings. The shorts feature iconic Aeronautica Militare embroidery, a label, and a metallic eagle emblem, adding a touch of sophistication and branding. Whether paired with a casual t-shirt or a button-down shirt, these lightweight cotton cargo shorts deliver a fashionable and practical look. 

Printed Shorts

Printed shorts for men are a vibrant and expressive choice for summer fashion. With a variety of eye-catching patterns and designs, they add a bold and playful touch to any outfit. Whether it's tropical florals or geometric shapes, printed shorts allow you to showcase your personal style. Made from lightweight and breathable materials, they offer comfort and freedom of movement. Perfect for beach days, festivals, or casual outings, these shorts are a statement piece that effortlessly stands out. 

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts for men are a timeless garment that exude casual coolness. Crafted from durable denim fabric, they offer both style and comfort. With their versatile nature, denim shorts effortlessly transition from laid-back weekends to relaxed evenings. The rugged and worn-in look adds a touch of effortless charm to any outfit. Whether paired with a basic tee or a button-down shirt, denim shorts lend a touch of rugged sophistication to your style. Perfect for warm weather, they are a reliable choice for everyday wear. 

The Denim Linen Shorts by Dirk Bikkembergs, are the new classics, featuring the iconic Bermuda model design. The combination of linen and cotton in their construction gives them a unique texture and a pleasant feel against the skin. These shorts offer the perfect balance of comfort and timeless style, making them a must-have for the summer season. With their versatile design, you can easily pair them with your favorite casual tops for a laid-back yet fashionable look. 

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda shorts for men are a stylish and sophisticated option for warm weather. With their longer length that hits just above the knee, they offer a polished and refined look. Made from lightweight materials, they provide comfort and breathability. Whether in solid colors or patterns, Bermuda shorts can be dressed up or down effortlessly. Versatile and easy to pair with various tops, they are perfect for both casual outings and semi-formal occasions. 

The Drawstring Cotton Bermuda Shorts by Dirk Bikkembergs, are an elegant and fashionable choice that feature a drawstring waist and side pockets, adding both style and functionality. Crafted from high-quality cotton, they are perfect for hot summer days, offering comfort and breathability. The versatile design of these shorts allows you to create a variety of looks, whether you're going for a relaxed casual style or a more put-together outfit. 

Types of Fabrics Used in Shorts

Cotton shorts

Cotton is a versatile and commonly used fabric in various types of shorts. It offers breathability, softness, and absorbency, making cotton shorts the ideal choice for everyday wear. 

  • Pros: Comfortable, natural fabric, easy to care for. 
  • Cons: Prone to shrinking, wrinkling, and color fading.

Linen shorts

Linen shorts are lightweight and perfect for warm weather. They provide excellent breathability and moisture-wicking properties, keeping you cool. 

  • Pros: Breathable, durable, and environmentally friendly. 
  • Cons: Wrinkles easily, requires ironing, and can be more expensive.

Synthetic fabric shorts

Synthetic fabric shorts, such as nylon or polyester, are popular for athletic and performance-based shorts. They offer durability, moisture-wicking properties, and quick-drying capabilities. 

  • Pros: Lightweight, moisture-wicking, and durable. 
  • Cons: May lack breathability and can retain odors.

Blended fabrics

Blended fabric shorts combine different materials for enhanced performance. For example, cotton-polyester blends offer the best of both worlds, combining comfort and durability. 

  • Pros: Improved strength, durability, and wrinkle resistance. 
  • Cons: May not provide the same breathability as pure cotton or linen.


Polyester shorts are commonly used in sports and activewear. They are lightweight, durable, and resistant to wrinkles and shrinking. 

  • Pros: Quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, and durable. 
  • Cons: Less breathable compared to natural fibers, can trap odors.

What Can You Pair With Shorts

When it comes to summer fashion, shorts are a wardrobe staple that can be both stylish and comfortable. But figuring out what to pair with shorts can sometimes be a bit challenging. Whether you're a man or a woman, here are some tips to help you create fashionable and well-coordinated outfits:

For Her:

  • Flowy Tops: Pair your shorts with loose and flowy tops such as boho-inspired blouses or lightweight camisoles. This combination creates a feminine and breezy look, perfect for summer days.
  • Crop It Up: Embrace the crop top trend by pairing your shorts with a cropped t-shirt or a cropped tank. This combination adds a fun and youthful touch to your outfit.
  • Denim Love: Combine your shorts with a chambray or denim shirt for a chic and effortless look. This double denim ensemble creates a stylish and on-trend outfit.
  • Sandals or Flats: Complete your look with a pair of sandals or flats. Whether it's strappy sandals or espadrilles, they add a touch of elegance and comfort to your shorts outfit.

For Him:

  • Casual Cool: Pair your shorts with a basic crew neck t-shirt for a relaxed and effortless look. Opt for neutral colors or experiment with bold patterns for a touch of individuality.
  • Polo Perfection: Dress up your shorts with a classic polo shirt. This combination strikes the perfect balance between casual and refined, making it suitable for various occasions.
  • Button-Down Elegance: For a more polished look, pair your shorts with a crisp button-down shirt. Roll up the sleeves and leave a few buttons undone for a laid-back vibe.
  • Sneaker Style: Complete your outfit with a pair of sneakers. Whether it's canvas sneakers, white trainers, or sporty kicks, they effortlessly complement shorts for a trendy and casual look.

TOP 10 Items to Wear with Shorts for Women 

Now that you have gained a comprehensive understanding of the various styles of women's shorts, let's explore the top 10 items to pair them with.

At BEIGE I BROWN, we take pride in offering a diverse range of timeless and high-quality pieces for women. Our collection includes a variety of options that will elevate your shorts outfits, ranging from casual tops to stylish linen shirts and blouses. Browse through our selection and discover the perfect pieces to complement your shorts outfit!

TOP 10 Items to Wear with Shorts for Men

On the other hand, men's shorts have become an essential and attention-worthy aspect of today’s fashion. This summer, the ultimate companions for these garments range from classic printed t-shirts to elegantly crafted knit polos and breezy linen shirts. 

At BEIGE I BROWN, we take pride in curating an impeccable collection, featuring the finest products from luxury brands like Tiger of Sweden and 120% Lino, that perfectly complement your summer shorts. Explore our exquisite range of products and elevate your outfits with an exquisite touch of timeless style.