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Top 10 Printed Shorts

10 Printed & Novelty Shorts We're Living For Right Now

10 Printed & Novelty Shorts We're Living For Right Now

Don’t get us wrong—we love our denim cutoffs just as much as the next girl. In fact, given that we live in the south, it’s practically second nature for us to slip them on the minute summer makes its debut. However, this season has so many new, non-denim short styles to offer that are just too cute to pass up, and they may just steal the spotlight from our go-to Levi’s 501s and Agolde Parkers. From tie-dye and tropical flowers to camo and stripes, we’re calling it now: printed shorts are the hottest trend of the summer. That’s why we’ve rounded up an official ranking of the Top 10 pairs of printed shorts on the market, from cozy pull-on options to trendy utility Bermudas and more. Ahead, shop the styles that made the cut and snag some for yourself. Opening image: hm.com

Love our 10 Best Printed Shorts? Check out our 10 Best Linen Shorts for more top-ranked finds!

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June 12, 2020

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The Rankings


Allegra K Floral Print Beach Summer Short

Our Score

WHERE TO WEAR: Something tells us this summery short is perfect for vacay-wear and all-day chilling at the beach.

WHY YOU NEED IT: The bow-tie waist and wide culotte style cut make this short both comfortable and figure-flattering. 


Universal Thread Striped High-Rise Pull-On Shorts

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Not only do these high-rise shorts look way more expensive than $20, but they're also crazy comfortable thanks to the pull-on waistband.

HELPFUL TIP: Reviewers say these run large, so we recommend going down a size or two.


Anthropologie Wanderer Utility Shorts

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: The utility trend is still going strong, and these shorts are the perfect way to carry the look into summer. The cool camo print is trendy but neutral enough to pair with anything, and you can wear them two ways—rolled up for a shorter look or down for a Bermuda length.

USERS SAID: "The material is thick but soooo soft. They are incredibly comfortable, a nice rise (not too low, not too high), and because you can roll them up or down, it's easy to adjust the length."


H&M High Waist Shorts

Our Score

WHERE TO WEAR: Who says shorts can't be fancy? With their drapey fabric and high waist, these are perfect for dinner dates and evening drinks.

LOVED FOR: Did we mention they have pockets?


Old Navy Mid-Rise Soft-Woven Pull-On Shorts

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Meet your new do-it-all short. Soft and stretchy enough for lazy days but stylish enough for dress-up occasions, you'll get so much wear out of these $25 gems.

STYLE WITH: Pair these with a linen t-shirt for lounging around the house or a cute cami for going out.


Old Navy Mid-Rise Everyday Printed Linen-Blend Shorts

Our Score

BEST FOR: If you want to survive summer's heat and humidity in style, these shorts are key. Designed with breathable, linen-blend fabric and a relaxed fit, they'll keep you cool and breezy through any warm-weather occasion.

USERS SAID: "Love the print of these shorts! They are also the most comfortable in fit and material, very light weight. I usually buy a couple pairs every season!"


H&M Tie-Belt Shorts

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Thanks to the paper-bag waist, these shorts are figure-flattering but still ultra-cozy. You may as well grab all six colors while you're at it.

STYLE WITH: Just wait until you see the matching top.


Caslon Utility Shorts

Our Score

USERS SAID: "These are super comfortable and hang nicely. Not too narrow, but not too baggy either. Just the right inseam length!"

HELPFUL TIP: Caslon's clothing tends to run large, so we suggest sizing down in these.


Grace Karin Bowknot Tie Waist Summer Casual Shorts

Our Score

LOVED FOR: According to the rave Amazon reviews, these shorts look and feel a lot more luxe than $22. It's a good thing they come in 23 colors—you're definitely going to want multiples.

STYLE WITH: We'll be wearing these with a white tee all summer long.


Old Navy Mid-Rise Linen-Blend Shorts

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Made with a roomy fit and comfortable linen blend, you'll live in these breezy shorts during the warmer months. At just $27 a pair, you may as well stock up.

FUN FACT: Did we mention they come in eight colors? We're loving that sunflower gold.

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