If you think shorts are just a basic, boring summer staple to show off your gorgeous legs, this year think again. Summer fashion trends 2018 unveil the Statement Short. Designers are crafting shorts from leather and velvet. Biker shorts are paired with big blazers. Shorts are even showing up as business suits, if you can believe it. Bermuda shorts and cuffed shorts are back again. Add some of your favorite denims to your closet but take the plunge with fashion-forward designs as well.

Suited Up

Designers have been dressing up shorts and pairing them with 90’s-inspired big blazers for a retro yet fresh take on work wear meets athleisure.

Zara Checked Bermuda Shorts $69, Zara

Ready for the office in black and white checks, these Zara Bermuda shorts are detailed with bow accent. Check out (pun intended) the matching double-breasted blazer that completes the perfect Spring work outfit.


Denim shorts are universally popular because they fit perfectly with many items already in your closet. Spring-Summer 2018 fashion catwalks featured interpretations by Anna Sui, Coach 1941, Elisabetta Franchi, Au Jour Le Jour, Baja East, Frame Denim, Versace.

Levi’s 501 Distressed Denim Shorts, $66, Anthropologie

The iconic Levi’s silhouette is at once nostalgic and contemporary – and built to last. True to the classic Levi’s 501 style, these distressed denim shorts at Anthropologie sit at the waist and have a straight fit.

Unusual Cut

Designers such as Stella McCartney offered up creative and unusual stylings during the S/S fashion week. She was in good company with Atlein, Au Jour Le Jour, David Koma, Elisabetta Franchi, Valentino showcasing some truly original shorts.

Stella McCartney Eiffel Wrap Front Shorts, $775, Harrods

McCartney added a self-tie wrap front and ruched paper bag waist to these silk shorts.


Bermudas are a “goes around-comes around” design perennial. This year’s look is a sleek cut and length that reaches almost to the knees. Designers, including Ace & Jig, Beyond Closet, Emma Mulholland, Escada, and Tod’s departed from traditional fabrics to offer velvet and even deer skin leather.

Uma | Raquel Davidowicz, $430, Farfetch

These black, asymmetric, wide Bermuda shorts from Uma | Raquel Davidowicz feature a mid rise, lasticated waistband, asymmetric style and loose fit.


This year’s mini shorts have changed dramatically from previous season’s low waits. Today designers favored very high waists that sometimes approach semi-corset status. Minis are found in styles ranging from sporty and casual to elegant and even business. Take a look at the Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collections from Anna Sui, Baja East, Carven, Dries Van Noten, Moschino, Prada.

Floral Play Shorts, $118, Anthropologie

Anthropologie serves up short shorts with side slant pockets in a bold floral with big sunflowers making a splash on a black background.

Cuffed shorts

Choose from cuffs of wide or narrow widths and short or long lengths, just make sure to add fashionable cuffs to your summer wardrobe. You’ll be giving a nod to designers such as Adam Selman, Tom Ford, and Trussardi.

Zara Mom-Fit Jeans, $36, Zara

Hi-rise Bermuda shorts in light blue are detailed with front zip and top button fastening. They feature front and back pockets along with turned-up hems.