You don't have to limit yourself to one type of material. There's denim, khaki, seersucker, twill, and a host of other materials out there available for you to try. Experiment with different things and you may be surprised to find a new favorite. The right material can also come in handy when attending a summer formal event like a wedding brunch or baby shower (because denim probably isn't the best option for these). Don't be afraid to dress your shorts up, whenever appropriate.
“A lot of retailers have introduced stretch into their shorts, which I’m a huge fan of,” Konrad says. “So also consider shorts that have a little flex or stretch built into material [for added comfort]."