Shorts are the staple of everyone's summer wardrobe. It's great to have a wide variety depending on your style. Here are some of my favorites from my closet that I just can't survive the summer without.
Denim Cutoffs (above by Almost Famous)
Cutoffs will always be the classic short. Especially a nice distressed looking pair for a grungy look or to juxtapose with a feminine top. They look great at most lengths and in medium to lighter washes. Your best bet is to try your local thrift store for a pair of ready made ones or even custom make your own with an old pair of worn in jeans!
Floral (above by Bullhead)
Floral anything is a must for me. Floral shorts add that perfect punch to a plain white tee and can be dressed up or down. I stuck with a pale floral denim short that I've paired with anything from a simple tank top to a flowy blouse and blazer. PacSun is my favorite place for floral shorts.
Khaki (above by Discovery Clothing Co.)
Khaki is the plain white tee of shorts. These shorts can be dressed up or down, and can be paired with nearly anything. I love a nice button down shirt or a nautical striped top with these. Also, ballet flats or a cute pair of boat shoes for that New Englander kind of look. Try a store like J. Crew or Hollister for nice pair.
Cargo (above by Unionbay)
These aren't your early 00's kind of cargo shorts or those awesome Kim Possible-esque culottes, but they can be just as comfortable and chic. Cargos are always best for casual looks, and always work best with sneakers. If I'm feeling campy or tomboyish, I slip these on for comfort. Since cargo naturally has a lot going on, keep your tops minimalist but don't be afraid of accessories. Try a department store like Macy's or JcPenney for good cargo shorts.
Bermuda (above by Aeropostale)
I freaking love Bermuda shorts. They're flattering on everyone and are always classic. I love my plaid ones when I'm going boating or somewhere nautical. A nice polo shirt and slip-ons look great with bermudas. Besides Aeropostale, Abercrombie is also a great place for bermuda shorts.