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    29 Comfy Pairs Of Shorts For Folks Who Need To Let Their Legs Breathe

    Perhaps that high-school gym teacher who wore shorts year-round had a good idea.

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    FYI, all the shorts are in women's sizes unless otherwise noted.

    1. A pair of stretchy bike shorts that'll become part of your WFH, working out, lounging, *and* just-about-anything-else rotation. You'll probably want to buy both colors from the jump.,

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Great quality, great material, non-see-through, lightweight, very comfortable. The cotton is very soft and the fit is flattering from all angles. The elastic on the waist is secure enough for running, without being too tight or uncomfortable. Great use for working out or loungewear; however, my only complaint is they do get a tad bit loose in the leg as you wear them when running, so they may ride up a bit in between your thighs when you run. For me it is not bothersome and I have ordered multiple pairs." —Aisha

    Get them from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in two colors).

    2. Levi's high-rise shorts for a classic fit that'll get tons of mileage. Talk about an ~investment~.,

    Reviewers say to use the sizing chart on the listing instead of relying on your normal size.

    Promising review: "Short shorts but have plenty of material on the butt to not make you constantly pull them down. They’re super comfy and flattering. Maybe slightly large compared to my American Eagle size 6." —Tia

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 00–18 and 12 colors/styles).

    3. Cute ribbed shorts in a soft fabric with a lettuce hem to make this suuuuper comfortable wardrobe addition feel extra special.

    modeel wearing white crop top and blush ribbed shorts with a lettuce ruffle hem

    Get them from Boohoo for $8 (available in sizes 12–24 and in three colors).

    4. Sporty short shorts in a range of colors that'll get you through tons of neighborhood runs and video calls where you're a bit dressed up on top.


    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Super cute and great price. Not too short, super comfy, I'm an adult and I just looked up the corresponding junior size to my size and they fit great." —Erin

    Get them from Amazon for $9.81+ (available in sizes XS–XL and a variety of colors).

    5. Super lightweight running shorts because if you're going for a summer run, it'll be helpful to wear the LEAST amount of clothing possible without getting arrested. I mean, these'll look cute during all sorts of other activities too!

    model wearing the short black ruffly shorts with a printed long sleeve top
    Free People

    Get them from Free People for $40 (available in sizes XS–L and also in white).

    6. Under Armour knit shorts to move with you and help wick sweat. And if you really take a liking to them, they're available in dozens of color combos.


    Promising review: "I often as a plus-size woman have an issue with shorts cutting into my stomach. I was pleasantly surprised by these shorts. They don’t feel like they are going anywhere and are also comfortable and looks fitting. My thighs don’t chafe when I wear them, which is a miracle. Would buy multiple pairs for sure." —Lisa Hughes

    Get them from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL and a variety of colors).

    7. Elastic-waist shorts in enough fun colors and patterns to keep you from repeating for a whole month.

    voluminous elastic waist shorts with matching tie belt in geometric pattern

    Promising review: "Super comfy, nice soft material, washes really easily." —Lori

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 41 styles).

    8. Shorts pretending to be a skirt for those days when you wanna wear a flippy little skirt but your activities or the wind won't allow it.

    Promising review: "I could not love these shorts more. They’re so cute and comfortable. The pockets are awesome and plenty big enough for my phone. I love that it kinda looks like I mini skirt when you’re walking. (They are short in the back If you're 5-foot-8 or taller, I wear an XXL.) I literally logged in and ordered a second pair the second I put them on. I wore them for like three days in a row (it’s quarantine, don’t judge me LOLl) and I have no regrets! Can’t wait for the second pair to come so I don’t have to wash these as much!" —Christalee

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    9. A pair of chino shorts in 22 styles that'll surely fill some holes in your wardrobe. AND the 3.5-inch inseam means you won't have to worry every time you sit.

    shorts in blue and white stripes

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! The 100% cotton makes them super comfy and less wrinkly. I love the length and all of the colors options too. I am normally a size 4 and the size 4 in these is perfect. TTS." —Jessica - Wear it for Less

    Get them from Amazon for $16.50+ (available in sizes 0–20 and 22 styles).

    10. J. Crew Mercantile pull-on shorts for when you have about 10 seconds to get dressed but don't want it to look that way.

    model wearing coral pull on shorts with a drawstring

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "So comfortable! It feels like you're not wearing anything! You can move around, sit down, turn around. But really, I am going to order the other color as well!! I got a large, I am 5-foot-9, 180 lbs, 64 years old." —mark sullivan

    Get them from Amazon for $24.82+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and in three colors).

    11. Linen shorts that'll help you look put together in case you decide to peel yourself off the couch.


    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these shorts. I bought them in all the colors. I was headed to Jamaica and needed some comfy shorts. These were perfect as casual shorts on the beach or a bit more dressed up when paired with a cute top and cute shoes. They are so freakin comfy! Love them and as I said, I bought them in every color. They fit true to size I would say. If anything they run on the larger size...but pretty true to size." —zgirl

    Get them from Amazon for $20.50+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 18 colors/prints).

    12. Or some similar drawstring shorts with a range of patterns for a slightly cheaper price. We love a bargain!

    Promising review: "These shorts are great for wearing casual or dressing up a little. They are super comfortable and the fit is exactly what I was looking for, not too tight and not too baggy." —Jamie Smith

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 15 colors/prints).

    13. Yoga shorts for workout legging stans who've decided that perhaps it's time they let those knees breathe without sacrificing what they love about leggings.

    model wearing the tight-fitting stretchy light gray shorts that are high rise and go to knees while doing yoga on a beach

    Promising review: "Love these biker shorts!! Super comfy, not too tight on crotch area, very breathable, and true to size.. I’m normally an XL but certain places I'm 1X. I’m curvy so it's hard to find bottoms online but these are the ones!! I will be buying more. (NOT SEE THROUGH.)" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 32 colors/prints).

    14. And some chafe-proof running shorts in a similar fitted style so you can worry about breaking your personal record or who the killer is in your current true-crime podcast instead of if your shorts are riding up in the back. Plus, there are pockets!,

    Promising review: "I'm in love! I put these shorts on this morning and haven't wanted to take them off all day! Buttery soft, super comfortable, and fit as expected. Bought these because of the pockets on both sides to carry my insulin pump while working out, works perfectly for this (FYI pockets go all the way down to the seam at bottom). Money well spent." —Katie

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–2X and 10 prints).

    15. Fleece shorts that'll be comfy enough to serve up as pajamas (gotta love some versatility) but look nice enough to be out and about.

    model wearing bright yellow fleece shorts with a drawstring

    Note that some reviews say they run a bit large.

    Promising review: "These are comfy shorts. These are great for what I like to call 'house shorts.' Good for lounging, housework, and yardwork. I ordered a size Large and they fit fine. I typically wear a size Large (12). The length is a decent length. Not too long or too short. The base color is very neutral, but there are tiny flecks of multi ive colors sprinkled throughout the fabric of the shorts. It doesn't look too bad, but there is definitely color flecks." —Here, There, & Everywhere

    Get them from Amazon for $25 (available in sizes XS–XXL and seven colors).

    16. Floral high-rise beauties for when you're feeling free and fancy.

    model wearing a white crop top and pink floral high waisted shorts

    Get them from Boohoo for $6 (available in sizes 8–16 and also in black floral).

    17. Stretchy options that still have enough structure to look like you're wearing something "nice." (Or at least according to your grandma.), Amazon

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "Very comfy! They fit perfectly. A smidge tight at first but as others have said- they stretch! They were looser after 20 mins in them. I normally would have probably ordered a size 7 but went with the 5." —Renee M

    Get them from Amazon for $12.80+ (available in sizes 0–17 and 15 colors/styles).

    18. Printed beauts with a lacey trim sure to become your next main squeeze.

    model wearing black high waist shorts with cartoon lemon print on them and lacey trim

    Promising review: "I'm a size 18 and the XL actually FITS. I'm wary of buying on Amazon these days because of how hard it is to get US-sized clothes, not Asian sizes. Very happy with these! They should have pockets though 😉" —Nerd Alert

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and 21 patterns).

    19. Colorful-accented cutoffs that'll be a fun little spin on your regular jorts.

    model wearing high rise cut off jean shorts with embroidered colorful accents

    Get them from ModCloth for $59.99 (available in sizes 24–29, 32).

    20. *Classic* Soffee cotton shorts you can wear with all sorts of tops. I still have some from middle school cheerleading. Don't bother doing the math on that. Just know I've had them a LONG time.


    Promising review: "I haven't bought a pair of these since I was a high school cheerleader 10 years ago. Purchased them to cover up leggings for a high school homecoming dress up day (I'm a teacher) and I'm glad I did because I forgot how comfortable these are. The shorts were long enough that they cover my butt with appropriate length in leg. Which was the goal. They are also loose enough that I don't feel like I have shorts suction cupped to me. I'll definitely be buying more." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $5.17+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 37 colors).

    21. Pinafore shorts that'll really just be a cool way of wearing suspenders without looking like you're in a turn-of-the-century period piece.

    model wearing check print black pinafore shorts with straps that go up on shoulders

    Get them from Boohoo for $8 (available in sizes 12–22).

    22. Frayed shorts with tons of distressed deets (if you're into that!) for a lived-in look without all the extra work. Seriously though, if you've been on the hunt for that *perfect* pair then there are 30 styles here so surely one will be your ONE.,

    Promising review: "Y’all, I can’t find comfortable shorts to fit my large booty and thighs. These have stretch, really cute design and are completely and totally worth the price. Do yourself a favor – get them. I am 5-foot-7 165, bought the XL." —Kathryn Emma Mullen

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 30 styles).

    23. Bermuda shorts for an inseam you know won't ride up.

    light denim distressed bermuda style shorts
    Old Navy

    Get them from Old Navy for $30 (available in sizes 0-18).

    24. Striped shorts with a cute paperbag top that come in 36 color combos and styles. So surely you'll find some stripes to your liking....

    model with paperbag waist shorts with tie belt and black background with white stripes

    Promising review: "Best shorts EVER. So cute and comfortable. Cut nicely. Worn high-waisted. I’m 5 feet tall, 110 lbs. with a 26-27-inch waist and purchased two of these in medium." —Lea A.

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and 36 color combos).

    25. And a similar denim pair for a bit more structure in this cute silhouette.

    model wearing light denim high rise shorts with paperbag top and tie belt

    Promising review: "I’m always hesitant about ordering jeans and shorts from online because the sizes rang so much. But these shirts are great they’re comfy and high-waisted I’m 5-foot-5 and usually wear a 12 in jeans and the XL was perfect. I kind of wanted the oversized 'mom short' look!" —LaurenF

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 18 styles).

    26. Lacey shorts for when you want to feel a lil' more dressy without actually feeling dressy.

    Promising review: "I ordered this as I like the edge design. The shorts fit just right and are very comfy! I tend to wear one size up as I prefer baggy, comfy feel. The elastic waist band does not make me feel so tight, which is important. Also cute design that I can wear a T-shirt over it and still look dressy for a party occasion. I haven't washed this item. So not sure how this shorts will do after wash... will find out." —feline_graduate_student

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in sizes S-L and 36 colors/styles).

    27. Terry cotton surplus shorts with generous pockets for snacks as you move from one room to the other (y'know, the important stuff).

    model wearing dark gray soft shorts with a pocket and drawstring waist

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give 'em a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "These are my go to shorts when I get home from work, when I walk the dogs, when I’m running errands...I find them incredibly comfortable. These are not just wear-around-the-house shorts for me, the fabric looks nice enough to wear to the store with sneakers or flip-flops. I wear these so much that I’m thinking about getting another pair plus a longer version for cooler temperatures." —O. Lindy

    Get them from Amazon for $24.50 (available in sizes XS–XXL and six colors).

    28. Harem shorts at the ready to make your assets look AWESOME. No really, not trying to be a creep here but you should check out the reviewer pics.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE THESE SHORTS. Pockets. They have pockets! And they make your booty look great. I bought nine pairs. I have thick thighs, short torso, no waist, and a round butt. They fit great. (5-foot-1, 125 lbs.) material is soft and stretchy. I plan on ordering duplicates in each pattern I like so I have extras because I know I'm wearing these things to death this summer. Get them." —Fourchette

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95 (available in S/M or L/XL and in 13 colors/prints).

    29. Smocked shorts for those of us that avoid waist button closures like the plague (or perhaps these'll sway you to our side?).

    model wearing blue floral crop top and match smocked waist shorts

    Get them from Aerie for $22.46 (available in sizes XS–L and five colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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