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Best Women's Shorts 2012

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Summer is here and that means one thing: it's shorts season! There are shorts for play, work and nights on the town; long shorts and short shorts and everything in between. Find the most flattering pair for you and the best fit for your lifestyle from the list below.

1. Best Boyfriend Shorts

boyfriend shorts

For casually chic shorts that can go longer or shorter as the day or occasion demands, try these Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts from the Gap. They have a relaxed, slouchy fit with angled side pockets with slot pocket on one side. Pair with a more fitted top like a tank or a long-sleeved T-shirt for the most flattering look. Order a size down for a more form fitting look.

The Gap Boyfriend Roll Up Shorts are 100 percent cotton and machine-washable. They are available in sizes 00 through 20 and come in 11 colors.

2. Best Evening Shorts

evening shorts

Shorts can stand in for a mini skirt on a hot summer night. These TopShop Floral Metallic Green Jacquard Shorts don't need a fancy top to make them formal—they look vintage, like you urned your granny's old dress into a pair of shorts. Try a simple sleeveless shell in white or black. In winter, you can even pair with black tights to get more wear out of them.

The TopShop Floral Metallic Green Jacquard Shorts are 58 percent polyester,37 percent metallised fiber, 5 percent nylon. Machine washable. They are available in sizes two through 12 and also come in pink.

3. Best Office Appropriate

bermuda short

When you want to wear shorts to work, you can't go wrong with these Talbot's Bermuda Shorts. They have a very modest 11-inch inseam and will hit most at the knee. Style them as you would a favorite pencil skirt.

Talbot's Bermuda Shorts are cotton/spandex twill and are machine-washable. They are available in sizes for two through 20 in Misses; Petites; Plus Size; and Plus Size Petites and come in 15 colors.

4. Best White Shorts

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When it comes to white shorts, the less detail the better. These Ann Taylor shorts have a side zip (instead of a front), so they help make your legs look a mile long. Reviewers on the Ann Taylor site report that you may want to go down a size when ordering these as they run large. Where nude, not white, panties for the most seamless look.

The Ann Taylor AT Cotton Shorts are 98 percent cotton and 2 percent Lycra and are machine-washable. They are available in sizes zero through 18 in regular and petites.

5. Best Jean Shorts

denim shorts

It's hard to go wrong with a classic pair of jean shorts. These Merona shorts from Target hit just below the waist and can be worn like your favorite pair of jeans.

The Target Merona Women's Classic Jean Shorts are 100 percent cotton and machine-washable. They are available in sizes two - 18.

6. Best Short Shorts

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When you're ready to dare to bare, invest in a pair of these Elizabeth and James Chelsea Snake Skin Print Shorts. In summer, wear with a pair of nude heels or sandals to make your legs look extra long. In winter, get out those trusty black tights so you can wear these babies year round. The shorts feature front slant pockets and welt pockets in the back.

The Elizabeth and James Chelsea Snake Skin Print Shorts are 100 percent silk and dry clean only. They are available in sizes extra small through large.

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