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Think you can’t wear shorts? Think again. From high-waisted denim shorts to this season’s on-trend cargo short styles, these flattering shapes will have you reconsidering the summer staple

Denim shorts

As the mercury rises, it’s time to reach for your hot weather equivalent of a good pair of jeans: denim shorts. Available in a range of designs, there’s a pair for everyone, whether you’re after a relaxed, casual fit or the bum-accentuating powers of our Magic Shaping denim. The best thing about denim shorts is their versatility; like any good wardrobe staple, they’ll integrate seamlessly with your existing clothes. Team with T-shirts, tanks or blouses for laid-back summer days, and keep hold of your hard-wearing denim for many holidays to come.

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With sustainably sourced cotton
Add a zesty splash of colour
Invest in long-lasting leather
Perfect for your picnic essentials

Bermuda shorts

2020 is the year of leg liberation. Ignore silly ‘rules’ about shorts not suiting certain body types or anyone over 40; this season’s trend for Bermuda shorts is a great entryway for anyone feeling wary. Roomy, knee-length designs look great with sleek styling – think crisp white shirts and fitted blazers. If you’re unsure, a pair of Bermudas with a built-in belt will ensure you’re channelling sophistication, not skate-park vibes. Finish with minimalist sandals or, for dressier occasions, a pair of summer-ready heels.

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Belt your Bermudas
Tuck in a simple shirt
A neutral blazer adds style points
Casual shorts call for killer heels

Cargo shorts

Although the number one box-ticking feature of cargo shorts is their practicality, the laid-back charm of this style is not to be underrated. They’re particularly brilliant for flattering wider hips – the A-line shape skims over your silhouette – but work well for every body shape. Wear with a pretty peplum blouse and sliders or, for ultra-easy outfitting, a striped tee and trainers. Once you own a pair, you won’t know how you survived summer without them.

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Six colours to choose from
Stripes are always right
Layer up with classic denim
Finish with a footwear essential

High-waisted shorts

A feelgood, feminine option, high-waisted shorts are a great alternative to skirts come summer, mainly because they still offer the opportunity for a figure-flattering tuck. The shape nods to this season’s trend for boxing-style shorts (not to be confused with boxer shorts), but instead of logos and nylon, look for summer-ready patterns and pretty detailing, such as the contrast buttons on this pair. Sitting above the hip, high-waisted shorts are brilliant for adding extra inches to short legs and breaking up a long torso. They’re also super comfy, although if you’re worried about the dreaded thigh rub, these anti-chafing shorts offer an underwear solution. Wear your high-waisted wonders with simple T-shirts and cute camisoles for a winning formula.

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Fun print, flattering shape
This bag won’t be a-round for long
Keep it cool with a relaxed vest
It’s all about chains this season

Words: Sophie Hines