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Clothing, Women's clothing

11 Stylish Black Shorts for Every Summer Occasion 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - June 29, 2022

There's understating the utility of a good pair of black shorts. Some may even consider them a wardrobe staple for women as the superpower color when it comes to making anything look smaller — wear it where you want to diminish.

To help you search, we've rounded up eleven of the season's best styles of women's black shorts that feature the latest trends and include top deals you won't want to miss. From sporty bike shorts to polished Bermuda-length trousers, these black shorts are versatile enough to wear anywhere, with anything.

11 Black Shorts for Every Summer Outfit

Levi's 501 Original High-Rise Women's Shorts

Levi's didn't just create the first pair of jeans. They created the first pair of jean shorts too. The label's 501 Original High-Rise Women's Shorts feature a vintage-inspired fit that molds to your unique shape over time. Their high-rise design features a classic button-fly closure and five-pocket styling. A frayed hemline and distressing throughout bring a lived-in feel from the very first wear. Woven from 100% non-stretch cotton denim, you'll want to size up for a more relaxed fit.

Material

100% cotton

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LVIR Satin Bermuda Shorts

Wear to: the office

LVIR Satin Bermuda Shorts

Elevate your office style with these Satin Bermuda Shorts from LVIR. The relaxed, knee-length silhouette offers a summery take on your go-to black trousers. Belt looks, front slash pockets, back flap pockets, and zip fly with hook-and-bar closure create a sleek, sophisticated look. Style with loafers, kitten heels, sneakers, and a simple white button-up or t-shirt on top. When fall rolls around, pair the polished shorts with knee-high boots and a cropped sweater.

Material

100% polyester

03

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NBD Ivor Skort

Wear to: Date Night

NBD Ivor Skort

NBD's Ivor Skort strikes the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated. Plus, it's cut from supportive, stretchy fabric that's surprisingly comfortable too. Fitted with hidden shorts underneath, the simple black skort can go straight from dinner to drinks to the dance floor. The added coverage ensures you can bust a move without flashing your date. Dress it up with a sexy bodysuit and heels or down with a graphic tee and strappy sandals.

Material

Self: 63% rayon, 33% nylon, 4% elastane
Lining: 97% poly, 3% elastane

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AGOLDE Ira Mid-Rise Loose Black Shorts

Wear to: the Beach

AGOLDE Ira Mid-Rise Loose Black Shorts

This summer, pair your swimsuit with AGOLDE's Ira Mid-Rise Loose Black Shorts. Crafted from heavyweight, 100% organic cotton, they only get better with age. The knee-length jean shorts feature a classic button-fly, five-pocket styling, and intentional distressing along the hemline and pockets. Sport them unbuttoned over your bikini or one-piece with slide sandals and a bucket hat. But don't underestimate how chic these black shorts look paired with a blazer and button-up shirt for work.

Material

100% organic cotton

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Alo Match Point Tennis Skort

Wear to: Run errands

Alo Match Point Tennis Skort

Bring a sporty feel to your casual looks with this Match Point Tennis Skort from Alo. The best-selling style can frequently be spotted on celebrities and fashion influencers on the go. Underneath the flirty skirt, you'll find built-in shorts with a practical side pocket. Made from lightweight performance fabric, they wick sweat to keep you cool and comfortable. Whether you're headed to the grocery store or the country club, you're sure to look chic.

Material

Performance jersey

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Good American Better Than Leather Shorts

Wear to: Happy Hour

Good American Better Than Leather Shorts

Leather shorts are one of the biggest fashion trends of 2022. But finding a flattering pair can be easier said than done. That's where these Good American Better Than Leather Shorts come in. Unlike genuine leather, they're lightweight, breathable, and just a touch stretchy. A smocked elastic drawstring waist and loose fit look chic without sacrificing one bit of comfort. Style as you would your favorite mini skirt.

Material

100% polyurethane

07

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PANGAIA 365 PPRMINT Unisex Organic Cotton Sweat Shorts

Wear to: WFH

PANGAIA 365 PPRMINT Unisex Organic Cotton Sweat Shorts

There's a good reason why celebrities are obsessed with PANGAIA's 365 PPRMINT Unisex Sweat Shorts. They're made with peppermint-infused organic cotton. The classic French terry sweat shorts feature an elasticized waistband and practical side pockets. Wear with one of the label's eco-friendly sweatshirts to create a WFH-ready matching set that's stylish enough to leave the house in.

Material

organic cotton

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Everlane The Perform Bike Shorts

Wear to: the GYM

Everlane The Perform Bike Shorts

Just one workout and Everlane's Perform Bike Shorts will be your new go-to pair. They're made using premium-quality performance fabric with lightweight compression, sweat-wicking capabilities, and 58% recycled nylon for a lowered environmental impact. A high-waisted fit, 8-inch inseam, and hidden interior pocket create an ultra-comfortable, ultra-flattering fit. They're versatile enough for any activity, whether it's yoga, running, or just lounging on the couch.

Material

58% Recycled Nylon, 42% Elastane

09

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Understated Leather Studded Combo Shorts

Turn heads for all the right reasons in these Studded Combo Shorts from Understated Leather. They're crafted from 100% genuine leather that gets better and better with every wear. While they may feel a bit snug and stiff at first, they'll mold to fit your unique shape after just a few wears. Metallic stud accents and suede panels throughout bring a rock-and-roll vibe that's impossible not to love.

Material

Self: 100% genuine leather
Lining: 100% poly

10

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Norma Kamali TY All-in-One Cover-Up Shorts

Wear to: The pool

Norma Kamali TY All-in-One Cover-Up Shorts

Look chic poolside in these TY All-in-One Cover-Up Shorts from Norma Kamali. Cut from slinky, stretch fabric, they're so comfortable you'll never want to take them off. An attached waist-tie cinches in your waist while quite literally tying your look together. Worn with a simple tank and sneakers, they can go straight from the swimming pool to your favorite happy hour spot.

Material

95% poly, 5% spandex

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Isabel Marant Etoile Jocadia Tiered Shorts

Wear to: Brunch

Isabel Marant Etoile Jocadia Tiered Shorts

In Isabel Marant Etoile's Jocadia Tiered Shorts, you're sure to be the best-dressed at brunch. The pull-on style features an elasticized waist and flirty tiers with tonal embroidery. The ruffled style feels fresh, feminine, and a touch boho. Cut from a lightweight cotton viscose blend, they're perfect for a hot summer day. Style it with a white tee and sneakers for an easy last-minute look that's perfect for mimosas with the girls.

Material

84% cotton/16% viscose


About the author

Emily Konatella

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.

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