I get a lot of requests for non-denim shorts, but good ones are hard to find. I usually opt for white denim or a casual dress in the spring and summer when jean shorts aren’t appropriate, but this year I found a few good pairs of non-denim shorts that I think you should know about!
Spanx 4″ Stretch Twill Shorts
These shorts come in tons of colors, and they’re a pull-on style with a flat waistband and external front pockets. The fabric is substantial but stretchy and very comfortable.
They have a 4″ inseam, and they also come in a 6″ length, for those who prefer. These shorts run true to size for the Spanx brand; I’m wearing the medium, which is equivalent to 6-8.
Sanctuary Switchback Rolled Shorts
These shorts a lightweight twill material with a hint of stretch. They have a 10″ rise and a 4 1/2″ inseam with button tab cuffs, and there is some elastic in the back of the waistband for additional comfort.
Like the Spanx pair above, they also have external patch pockets, and the washed black color is right on trend. These shorts run a little big. I’m in the size 28, and they’re plenty roomy.
WHBM Mid-Rise Pret-A-Play Shorts
I don’t know why, but all of the non-denim shorts I’ve found seem to play into the utility trend. These are similar to the Sanctuary pair above, but they come in tons of colors, and they don’t have the tab on the cuff.
These also have a zip and button closure at the waist, with a flat front and a 4 1/2″ inseam length. The cuffs are sewn, so they stay in place nicely, and I really like the zipper detail on the pockets.
The fabric is 77% cotton, 18% rayon, 5% spandex, so they’re soft and stretchy, but they hold their shape nicely. They run true to size, or size up if in between. I’m in the 6, but they’re snug. I could use the 8 at the moment.
Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Stretch Twill Shorts
These are for those of you who like a little more length in their shorts, or if you just want to add some variety to your wardrobe. I usually wear 4″ or 5″ shorts, but this 7′ length is nice for a change, and longer lengths are actually trending right now.
These shorts are stretchy and comfortable, and they have design technology that molds, sculpts and shapes for the best possible appearance. They run true to size, and they come in a bunch of good colors.
I hope this is helpful if you’re looking to expand your summer wardrobe or replace some of your old shorts! For more on selecting short that look best on you, see my post: Dos and Don’ts for Wearing Shorts.
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