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10 Stylish Bermuda Shorts to Upgrade Your Spring and Summer Wardrobe

Bermuda shorts that range from camping casual to five-star fancy may be just what your warm-weather wardrobe needs.

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Originally popular in Bermuda, longline shorts have taken on many lives since their invention in 1914. Men wore Bermuda shorts with knee-high socks and blazers, but now you can find women’s pairs in all sorts of styles, fits and price points (no knee-high socks necessary). Swap the winter sweatpants with this easy fashion idea that elevates any summer outfit.

These days, the definition of Bermuda shorts is a little looser. No matter how high the waist is, how tight (or loose) the legs are or what material they’re made of, any pair of shorts that hits just above the knee can be considered Bermuda shorts. If you didn’t already have the garment on your list of wardrobe staples, now’s the time to add it.

Whether you’re looking for a little more coverage on a tropical getaway, an upscale pair to wear on a cruise trip or just something comfortable to reach for every day, Bermuda shorts are a well-kept style secret. Read on for 10 of our favorite pairs you’ll be quick to add to your shopping cart.

Cozy Earth Bamboo Bermuda Shorts
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Cozy Earth Bamboo Bermuda Shorts

Oprah—and our editors—routinely give a thumbs up to Cozy Earth, so you know the brand is worth every penny. Take its Bamboo Bermuda shorts, for instance. Made of soft bamboo viscose, wear these laid-back yet luxe shorts just about anywhere this summer, from a plane to a pool to a backyard party.

This style with pockets is also available in two versions with shorter inseams and a range of sizes from extra small to XXXL. Rest assured you’ll never have a “what should I wear?” moment this summer with these shorts in your wardrobe.

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Lane Bryant Boyfriend Bermuda Jean Short
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Lane Bryant Boyfriend Bermuda Jean Short

When rocking these Bermuda shorts, prepare for comments on your cool mom jeans. These Lane Bryant Bermuda jorts combine all the best features of mom jeans, like a high waist and faded color, with the relaxed feel of boyfriend jeans.

These Bermuda shorts can complement many body types and are available up to a size 40. If you prefer a slimmer fit be sure to size down. Our favorite feature is the stretchy waist, which hugs all your curves and eliminates any awkward waist gap.

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Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Dad Short
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Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Dad Short

If it’s been a few years since you shopped from Abercrombie & Fitch, it’s time to revisit the heritage brand. Abercrombie designs a variety of flattering silhouettes, including these high-rise dad shorts with a seven-inch inseam. We especially love these shorts from the “Curve Love” denim line, which offer an additional two inches in the hip and thigh to eliminate the oh-so-annoying waist gap.

This style is available in five washes and any would look effortless with a bodysuit or classic tee. If you end up adding more than one pair to your cart, we don’t blame you.

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Chico’s Bermuda Lake Shorts
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Chico’s Bermuda Lake Shorts

“Professional” and “shorts” rarely make it into the same sentence. That is unless you’re talking about this pair of black Bermuda shorts from Chico’s.

The pull-on style, 12-inch inseam and wrinkle-resistant fabric ensure a work-friendly outfit from early morning to late into the night. Top these shorts with a striped tee and jean jacket for a foolproof summer outfit that can be formal or casual.

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Nydj Denim Bermuda Shorts
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NYDJ Denim Bermuda Shorts

After a day of lounging at the pool, you’ll want to dress up for a nice dinner out on the town. That’s where these slim-cut and sophisticated NYDJ Bermuda shorts come in. Style the playful pattern with a stylish top and piles of jewelry. Or, if you prefer, this style is made in a series of solids too, including white, cream and black.

The fitted style will have you reaching for them day after day, no matter the occasion. The elastane makes them stretch with wear, so the brand recommends ordering one size down. Add some shapewear if you’d like.

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Open Edit Linen Bermuda Shorts
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Open Edit Linen Bermuda Shorts

One look at these sophisticated Open Edit Bermuda shorts for women and you’ll be convinced they’re a must-have. This pair is made out of a lightweight linen and viscose blend, making them ideal for the hottest summer days. Its beige tone will help fend off the heat, and there’s no need to worry about ironing—it still looks effortless with a little wrinkle.

The back elastic waist ensures a comfortable fit, while the button front and side pockets create a sophisticated style that makes them worthy of strolling the streets of your next vacation destination.

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Levi’s Bermuda Shorts
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Levi’s Bermuda Shorts

Leave it to Levi’s to design a timeless pair of Bermuda shorts. This vintage-inspired Levi’s style, with a zipper and button closure and flattering high rise, wears like a cut-off version of your favorite pair of jeans.

These shorts are available in eight washes, from dark indigo to chalk white and several shades in between, so you can find the exact shade your closet is missing. Some options are priced very low—under $20—depending on the size and color, so you may want to add more than one pair to your cart to consider your summer wardrobe complete.

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Ag Ripped Denim Bermuda Shorts
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AG Ripped Denim Bermuda Shorts

If you’ve never considered Bermuda shorts stylish, let us introduce you to AG’s Nikki Ripped Denim Bermuda Shorts. With a high-rise waist and plenty of stretch, they’re comfortable for all-day wear. From sipping red wine at a vineyard to a night of roasting marshmallows around the bonfire, they’re perfect for summer.

Headed on vacation? Don’t forget to pack these cut-offs. You’ll want to throw them on over your swimsuit, along with a breezy cover-up, sunglasses and a strappy pair of sandals.

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Asos Wide Leg Bermuda Shorts
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ASOS Wide Leg Bermuda Shorts

Not sure if Bermuda shorts are your style? Experiment with this affordable ASOS wide-leg pair. Not only are they lightweight in price (perfect for trying out a new style), but they’re also light material-wise given the breathable cotton.

The classic silhouette features a waist-accentuating high rise, side pockets and comfortable wide legs. The pretty pastel purple will add a punch of color to your wardrobe. No need to be intimidated by the unexpected hue though. When in doubt, pair these with a white top so the shorts shine. Just stay away from these outfit mistakes.

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L.l.bean Vista Camp Bermuda Shorts
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L.L.Bean Vista Camp Bermuda Shorts

Regardless of whether you go on morning hikes, week-long camping trips or run lots of errands, these L.L Bean Bermuda shorts are bound to come in handy this summer. Made with a blend of durable nylon and stretchy spandex, these shorts are quick-drying, moisture-wicking and UPF 50+, which blocks at least 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays.

They also have two zippered pockets, two back patch pockets and a stretchy elastic waistband. Shop these must-haves in a wide range of sizes and five colors.

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Megan McCarty
Megan is a full-time freelance writer who covers all the fun topics: fashion, shopping, interior design, travel, and wellness. She’s written for a range of lifestyle and design publications for her 15-year career, contributing to Domino, Architectural Digest, InStyle, Bustle, The Spruce and many other sites and magazines. Her life rules include but are not limited to the zipper when merging, contributing to your IRA and doing the nice thing.