From ‘90s-style denim to tailored pleat-front chinos, shop our favorite high waisted shorts for this summer and beyond.

High Waisted Shorts

When it comes to summertime dressing, shorts are a must. And, whether you love a Daisy Duke or prefer something more tailored and longline, a pair of high waisted shorts are worth heavy consideration. One of the most flattering silhouettes, no matter your shape, size, or style, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to the trend.

But how exactly are you supposed to style your new high waisted bottoms? They lend themselves nicely to more cropped silhouettes, allowing you to show a little bit of skin without baring it all as you might with their low-rise sisters. What’s more, with a tucked in top or bodysuit, a pair of high waisted shorts will elongate your frame and make you look as though you have legs for days. And who doesn’t want that?



Reformation Keys Linen Shorts

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Style yourself with that sailor look, slipping into these linen shorts that not only boast elongated patch pockets at the front, but also an exposed button fly.


Club Monaco Anreannah Shorts

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A favorite high waisted shorts style of ours will forever be the paperbag waist. Nipping you in at the waist, extra fabric billows out from the top, styled best with slim tucked-in tanks or bodysuits. 

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& Other Stories Forever Cut Denim Shorts

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Go for a ‘90s look with these high waisted denim shorts. With a finished hem and straight-leg silhouette, they’re just like the ones you used to wear growing up. But in your size! 


Levi’s Ribcage Shorts

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There’s a reason that denim favorite Levi’s has named these shorts the “Ribcage,” aptly called due to their ultra high waist that hits you at—you guessed it—the bottom of your ribcage. 


Mango Printed Cotton-Blend Short

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For summertime months, have fun with colors and prints, like this pair of high waisted shorts that evokes images of under-the-sea coral.

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Theory Mini Utiliry Shorts

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Slip into a pair of high waisted shorts that will transport you back to the 1940s, complete with subtle pockets, a hidden back zipper, and slightly flared legs. Oh, and of course, that chic high waist from which it all originates.


3.1 Phillip Lim Origami Pleated Shorts

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Crafted of faux leather, these 3.1 Phillip Lim high waisted shorts take the paperbag waist to the next level with a contrasting drawstring made of the same structured yet buttery soft material.


Re/Done High Rise Short

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Re-worked from vintage styles, the brand has been built on the trends of decades past, including the high waist, which lends itself quite well to cutoff denim shorts, if we do say so ourselves.


Agua by Agua Bendita Janeiro Floral-Print Cotton-Poplin Shorts

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These floral high waisted shorts have almost a playsuit vibe, with side pleats and ties in a contrasting ditsy print to match the rest. 


Victoria Beckham Denim Shorts

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Daisy Dukes meet tailored chinos in these high waisted shorts, designed by Victoria Beckham. Though crafted of denim, they are quite sleek, boasting slim utility pockets and a wide cuffed hem.


Tibi Crispy Nylon Easy Pullon Shorts

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Athleisure goes high waisted in these nylon shorts, infusing just the right amount of sporty chic into your everyday throw-on-and-go uniform.


Dolce & Gabbana Printed Cotton-Poplin Shorts

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Tailored, printed high waisted shorts are often championed by Italian design house, Dolce & Gabbana, and most boast that flattering and sleek high-waisted style. Though a head-turning pattern, shop this blue-and-white style this season for a slightly less technicolor option than most that come from the brand. 


Good American Godo Curve Shorts

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With a size range that goes from 00 to 24, Good American has crafted high waisted denim shorts that are, quite literally, designed for every woman.


Anine Bing Liza Wool-Twill Shorts

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If you’re looking for a pair of shorts to master that warm-weather suiting vibe, Anine Bing has just the thing with these wool-twill shorts in classic black with a subtle front pleat and high waisted silhouette.

Pro Tip


Shop high waisted shorts for both casual as well as dressier days. While you might love you tailored chinos for a night out, consider taking the trend on a coffee run by way of a pair of vintage denim cutoffs and vice versa.

Once you go high waisted, you might never go back. Shop our favorites for every style now.

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