The Best Shorts For Summer Travel

Summer always seems like the perfect time for traveling, but as I start packing for my summer holidays a familiar sense of dread takes over – what the heck would I wear on my bottom half? For the longest time, I could not for the life of me find an ideal pair of summer shorts. They’re too short, too rough, too hot, too chafe-inducing, too wedgie-causing, too grungy – too anything but cool and comfortable. Also, I am not blessed with model legs and have been known to carry some junk in the trunk, so it can be difficult to find a pair that fit well and don’t automatically look like hot pants. TMI, I know, but I have been desperate to find a pair that I can happily spend all day walking in that aren’t Nike running shorts. A girl has to look somewhat chic for Instagram, amirite?

I have luckily found that holy grail pair of pantalones, however, and today I am ready to share them with you.

the best shorts for summer travel vegas

Taking them for a ride on a long day exploring Red Rocks!
Shorts // The Who Tee // Jacket // Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses

May I introduce you to the Madewell Pull-On Shorts. They have the form and structure of more formal shorts, yet they feel like pajamas. Plus, they cover all the necessities without giving that dreaded butt cleavage. Never cute.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetShirt (in different color) // Shorts // Booties // Bag

They can be dressed up or down, and I reach for them before any other pair in my overstuffed dresser. Did I mention they are so goddamn comfy? Cotton and linen blend, they are super breathable, so you can go all day climbing the steps of the Colosseum without dealing with massive leg chub rub. Not cute, but let’s be real, it happens. Thankfully, they come in plenty of colors and patterns, so I’ve picked up several pairs to mix and match.

Processed with VSCO with a1 presetShirt (old) // Shorts // Sandals // Hat (similar)

Madewell still has some colors and sizes left, and I recommend checking Nordstrom since they seem to have more sizes available. I may need to grab that scalloped pair! Since Madewell can read my mind, they’ve brought these back for several summers now, so you can continue to stock up every year and add to your collection of perfection.

Let me know if you have any go-to summer travel pieces!