As the days get longer, the hemlines get shorter. Our summer-ready shorts are your PTO-approved pieces for exploring, adventuring, and enjoying. Perfect shorts are possible—we did the legwork, now you have the fun. Sizes 00 to 40.

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Women's Shorts

As the days get longer, the hemlines get shorter. If you’re starting to go into vacation mode or just looking for warm-weather essentials to wear in your off-hours, our summer shorts are the PTO-approved pieces you need right now. Perfect shorts are possible—we did the legwork so you could have the fun. They were designed and engineered for all of US, as we are, in premium fabrics that feel soft and luxurious but are flexible enough to be worn comfortably all day long. Whether you’re looking for classic denim shorts, utility shorts, sweatshorts, lounge shorts, athletic or running shorts, bike shorts, or something a little more polished, we offer many options for many different occasions. We even have swimwear shorts and thigh shorts, too! Every single style, in every single size from 00 to 40.

Stock up on the silhouette of the summer in stretch denim, super soft and stretchy twill, terry cotton, second-skin jersey, antimicrobial blended cotton, and water-resistant fabric. Invite your legs on summer vacation. Feel the breeze on your knees. Let the sun kiss your skin. When you can’t wear a dress, women’s shorts are the perfect heatwave hero pieces. They’re perfect for exploring summer landscapes, outdoor activities, and events where you need durability, comfort, and something to cool you down as the temperatures rise. You’ll find only the best assortment with US—no frayed hem denim cutoffs, raw hem low rise shorts, short shorts, mom shorts, skorts, old school cargo shorts, or outdated denim Bermuda shorts.

Why select shorts from Universal Standard?

Every pair of shorts designed by US is designed for all of US. Fit is the first element considered, followed by which fabric will enhance the perfectly engineered silhouette. Comfort is next—though it often comes automatically after fit and fabric are set, the comfy element is enhanced by details like drawstrings, elastic waists, wide waistbands, thoughtfully considered inseams, and a rise ranging from mid-rise to high-waisted. We prefer a zip fly to a button fly for ease. We love a close-to-the-leg fit (so there’s no riding up), hidden stretch for freedom of movement, and antimicrobial fabrics or blends that work hard against moisture—bonus points for the many pairs of pull-on shorts ideal for accessibility.

What’s the ideal fit for shorts?

We like our shorts to fit comfortably on all of US. Each pair has details specific to its unique silhouette and style, but all exude ease and comfort above all else. Our Casual Cuffed Twill Shorts are a refined chino short that fit close to the leg (so they won’t ride up) and have a 7” inseam that provides desired coverage. Our Joni High Rise Curve Slim Leg Shorts are expertly constructed high-waisted shorts for those of US with over a 10" waist-to-hip difference. Our Sunny Swim Shorts have an elastic waist that fits everyone, plus a subtle hi-low inseam that hits right at your mid-thigh for comfort. Our Bae Denim Shorts fit like your favorite relaxed fit, broken-in jeans. Our Smart Stretch Twill Shorts sit away from the leg for a free fit you can move in.

How should shorts be styled?

You can wear anything with shorts! Jean shorts look timeless with simple t-shirts and ethereal summer blouses, while more polished styles look cute dressed down (think tank tops, tees, and finely knit sweaters) or worn with a button-down. We love wearing shorts with chambray shirts, linen blend tops, and basics and creating loose-fitting layering moments with open button-downs, cardigans, or flowy tunics. Our Juniper Linen Easy Pull-on Shorts are slightly baggy and pleated like a refined version of a loose paperbag shorts silhouette. They look great with a tucked-in tee and loose and flowy open shirt. Our Bike Shorts look great with activewear (think baggy sweatshirt). Our Thigh Shorts are must-have underlayers in other outfits where though they're not showcased, they're still the stars—providing maximum comfort and coverage under dresses and skirts. 

We hope you’re inspired to add shorts to your summer wardrobe. Shop our new arrivals and checkout with the styles that stand out to you. They’re the best way to beat the heat and feel totally comfortable—a definite hero in any well-stocked wardrobe. If you’ve got your perfect Ponte pants, go-to jeans, beloved joggers, and on-trend wide-leg trousers, you need staple shorts to complete the collection of essential bottoms. May we suggest starting with our best sellers? Our jean shorts for women come in a light wash and a dark wash and are beloved for their super soft feel. We have a silhouette you’re sure to love and live in, whether you prefer boyfriend shorts, classic shorts, slim shorts, midi shorts, or overalls. All shorts are around mid-length and can be rolled shorter if desired, no matter the style.

We’ve got your shortcut to summer fun. Your basics for balmy days. Your alternative to jeans and joggers all season long. Stop thinking of these versatile bottoms as just workout shorts or sleepwear—they’re a must-have for women’s clothing, and they’ll complete your collection. Your warm-weather rotation for every day should include shorts. We can think of so many reasons why you need them. Lounging at home? Get cozy in terry cotton shorts. Running weekend errands or meeting friends? Denim shorts can do it all. Working out? Running shorts or athletic shorts for the win. Heading to brunch? Twill shorts look sharp and polished. Spending the day at the beach? Swim shorts look cute and keep you dry. Comfort under a dress or skirt? Biker shorts are breezier than tights in the heat. You might need them all. We won’t blame you. In short(s): you’re going to look great.