The only thing better than a pair of pull-on pants is a pair of pull-on shorts, especially when the warmer months hit. Summer brings with it a sense of ease and simplicity, and call us crazy, but we don’t see any reason why your clothes shouldn’t do the same.
That being said, if you need a pair of shorts for summer that isn’t your trusty denim pair, pull-on shorts are a fail-safe alternative. Whether you’re a certified lazy girl or simply appreciate a laidback bottom option, we’ve rounded up a list of the Top 10 cute and comfortable pull-on shorts that are sure to take the guesswork out of styling this season.
Our Method For Finding The Best Pull-On Shorts
We’re setting a boundary: We will not tolerate wedgies, chafing, or waistlines that dig into our stomachs this summer. That’s why we had to turn to our data-powered algorithm to find 10 pairs of pull-on shorts that are approved by real women. From Athleta to Old Navy, ahead you’ll find 10 highly-rated pairs of pull-on shorts that fit a variety of styles and budgets. Start writing your summer bucket list, because these shorts are all cute, comfortable, and ready for some fun.
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Banana Republic Tencel-Linen Short
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Banana Republic calls these shorts “a mastery of informal luxury,” and we couldn’t agree more with that description. Made of a breathable linen blend, these shorts have a drawstring waist that makes them super comfortable and easy to wear—even on the hottest day of the year.
STYLE WITH: Take inspiration from resortwear and try pairing these shorts with a breezy tunic top and strappy sandals.
Madewell Pull-On Shorts
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: These women’s pull-on shorts are one of Madewell’s best-sellers for a reason: they’re cozy enough to pass as loungewear, but cool enough to wear in public without anyone thinking twice about it, with the exception of those thinking “where did she get those shorts?”
USER REVIEW: “I have a hard time with shorts since I am in my early 50's and go back and forth about whether or not I should even be wearing shorts. They are usually too short, and I'm not a fan of the bermuda/longer shorts. These are literally PERFECT. The picture does not do them justice. The material is wonderful, the length is perfect and they are so comfortable. I am definitely going to order them in every color.”
Athleta Farallon Short
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Pockets. Four of them, to be exact. But also, these knit shorts are made from a lightweight cotton/spandex blend and have a convenient drawstring waist for a super comfortable and convenient fit.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Here’s a big win for everyone: These shorts are available in sizes from XXS to 3XL.
Old Navy High-Waisted Textured Twill Shorts
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: When it comes to building out your summer wardrobe, there is not a more reliable brand than Old Navy. The proof is in these high-waisted, textured twill shorts, which have nearly 500 5-star reviews. Beloved for their breathable material, they feature a utility-inspired fit with exaggerated pockets and a faux-fly.
STYLE WITH: It’s hard for women to wear khaki shorts without looking like we’re on a safari (as an asides, we’re all for safari fashion if that’s your thing), but one sure-fire way to look stylish and sophisticated in these is by pairing them with an oversized button down shirt.
A New Day High-Rise Pull-On Shorts
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Hello, fun colors and patterns! There’s a lot to love about these high-rise pull-on shorts, namely, the variety of bright colors they’re available in, the affordable price point, and the fact they come in traditional and plus sizes.
USER REVIEW: “As a plus size girl, shorts can be a problem. They usually ride up or they are uncomfortable, but not these! I wore them out and did quite a bit of walking and was completely comfortable the whole time.”
Old Navy High-Waisted Linen-Blend Shorts
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: We’re not going to say “I told you so,” but it is no surprise to us to see another pair of Old Navy shorts on the list. These cuties are designed to be easy to wear, with an elasticized high-rise waistband and a relaxed fit through the leg.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: One thing to note is that you should not throw these in the dryer. Instead, hang them to dry so they don’t shrink down and become only reminiscent of the knit shorts you once knew and loved.
Athleta Cabo Linen 4" Short
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: You can hit the beach or the couch in these and they’ll deliver comfort and effortless style all the same. And here’s a noteworthy little tidbit we picked up from user reviews: These don’t wrinkle and crease like other women’s pull-on linen shorts tend to.
Madewell Lightspun Easy Pull-On Shorts
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: If “easy” is included in the name of a piece of clothing, you can bet we’re buying it in every color available. Fortunately for us, these women’s pull-on shorts come in five different colors, plus sizes, and are made from Madewell’s best-selling lightspun double-layered cotton gauze.
STYLE WITH: If you’re like us, you love a matching set. Which is why we must share the perfect top to pair with these shorts: Madewell’s Lucie Puff-Sleeve Smocked Bodice Top (in Earthen Gold, of course).
Everlane The Easy Short
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Our former point about the word ‘easy’ still stands, and in fact, Everlane is claiming these shorts are “...as easy as it gets.” Plus, we have it on good word (100+ 5-star reviews) that these women’s bermuda shorts live up to their reputation of being comfortable and effortlessly fashionable—see below for proof.
USER REVIEW: “I’m from Tucson and live in shorts for most of the year, and the fit and comfort of these shorts is amazing. Comfortable, great fabric, and my only wish is that they came in more colors. I am 67, athletic, and these are my go-to shorts!”
J.Crew New Seaside Short In Linen Blend
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THEM: Who doesn’t want to achieve that perfect seaside chic vibe? You know what we’re talking about: sprawled out on a beach towel in oversized sunglasses and a breathable, flowy ‘fit, with a timeless novel in your tote bag. These linen pull-on shorts from J.Crew will transport you to that fantasy, no matter where you actually wear them.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Here’s what you need to know about these: They have a drawstring waist that can act as a mid- or high-rise, a relaxed and roomy fit, and they’re machine washable (cue applause).