The summer season is rapidly approaching and everyone knows what that means– SHORTS! Whether you’ve been waiting months to break out your favorite pair, or you’re dreading the struggle of finding a flawless fit, we’re here to help you through the process. Some of us go for teeny cutoffs, while others may be most comfortable in loose bermudas, and we’re here for all of it! From structured linen to funky-patterned biker shorts and everything in between, we’re sure that your go-to summer staple can be a pair of flirty and ethically friendly shorts!
We all know the difficulties of finding truly sustainable brands that you love. Here you’ll find a collection of shorts from labels striving for slow-fashion with ethical practices including toxin-free dying, low water waste, and totally compostable fabrics just to name a few. Since fashion is one of the greatest contributors to climate change, we can all take steps to be accountable by shopping sustainably. With these pieces from companies with diverse backgrounds and missions, you just might find your new favorite online storefront and summer style all in one!
- Diamond Ruffle Shorts, Thief & Bandit, $108.00 CAD
This pair of high-waisted shorts is made purely of organic cotton and bamboo. The signature 3” elastic waistband and 16” rise from Thief & Bandit makes their bottoms bestsellers all around. In addition to their inclusive sizes ranging from XS-4X, the label prides themselves on their hand-printed and non-toxic water-based inks which are notably safe for our global waterways and oceans. The brand creates unique made-to-order garments in their Canada-based studio.
- MSN Plus – Midi Short Marta, Warp & Weft, was $68, now $38
Everyone can say that they love the all-American classic denim short. These jorts feature a faded medium-blue wash and vintage look as well as minimizing water waste through their ethical practices. Warp & Weft does their part in saving the planet by using 1,400 fewer gallons of water per jean than regular jeans. The 30-year-old family-owned company strives for inclusivity and sustainability above all else.
- LIGHTWEIGHT SWEAT SHORTS – LILAC PURPLE, Big Bud Press, $54.00
Sweatshorts are all the rage this season, and this unisex pair from LA based clothing label Big Bud Press nails it. These size-inclusive casual drawstring french-terry shorts give us all the vibes of a summer in California circa 1970. In addition to their local manufacturing practices and sweatshop-free production, this brand makes a difference by having 98% of their fabric domestically grown and manufactured.
- The A Line Shorts, Jamie & the Jones, $178.00
Every girl needs a simple pair of lightweight summer shorts that can be easily dressed up or down. These raw silk midis include a tailored front and elastic back, front pockets, and an invisible zipper.
Nashville-based Jamie & the Jones sets themselves apart by using all of their textile scraps in alternative pieces and projects in their workspace. With hand-worked textiles, and U.S. grown, handwoven and sewn apparel, this company creates sustainable fashion the right way.
5. BOXING SHORT – Toffee Zebra, Wray, $158
Neutrals and fun patterns are already taking the summer by storm, and these boxing shorts exhibit a perfect marriage of the two. The sizing range up to 6X upholds the company’s promise of inclusivity. A true slow-fashion business, the Brooklyn-based Wray is a fair-trade, closed-loop, and family-owned operation with environmentally conscious sourcing and ethical working conditions.
- Moss Skort, Girlfriend Collective, $58
A twist on classic athletic shorts, this skort offers a happy-medium between the flirtiness of a skirt and the comfiness of shorts. This piece is ideal for working out, hanging outdoors, or any other summer activities. Girlfriend Collective advocates for representation in fashion of all sizes with their XXS-6X sizing range. Their unique material is made from recycled water bottles into soft recycled yarn all while keeping single-use bottles out of landfills. (Watch a video of their recycling process here!)
- Theodore Linen Short Es, Reformation, $128
These high-rise paperbag waist shorts are the quintessential comfy short with a classy facade. The detachable belt is perfect for in-between days when you may want a tighter fit or a looser look depending on your mood. As a 100% lightweight linen material made from flax, the manufacturing of the fabric uses little to no water. Available on Reformation and their additional size range, Reformation Extended, all pieces are sustainably made in LA in small quantities to ensure a low-waste production.
This summer, funky prints will be dominating the streets. You too can be a style guru with a pair of groovy biker shorts from the Dazey LA X Lsea Swimwear collab ranging from sizes 2XS-2XL. These pieces are handmade to order in LA in small batches and the company often creates pieces up to size 4XL. Dazey LA is known for their use of organic cotton, aspirations for zero waste, and frequent features of other ethical female-owned brands.
- HDH Basics: Easy Short, Hackwith Design House, $155,
These staple summer shorts might just find their home in your closet this season. With sizing between XS and 4X, natural materials, and small batches to limit waste, Hackwith Design House makes for the ultimate sustainable fashion label. For years the company has been producing eco-friendly and ethical goods in Minnesota for all female body types. The brand sticks to their vow of combining simple and clean aesthetics with their precise attention to detail in each piece.
- “Zora” shorts black Ecovero, Loud Bodies, $70
The best types of shorts are those made especially for your own body! Loud Bodies created a customizable pair of shorts made to order with or without pockets, a ruffle hem, and in sizes XXs-10XL. If the elastic waistband and flowy fit weren’t enough, this pair of classic shorts features an Evovero viscose mix fabric that is entirely compostable in soil. The company is also open to custom orders free of charge and works with non-toxic dyes, ethical production, and 100% sustainable fabrics.
We’re sure that this selection of bottoms will help you to find your perfect match of 2021 summer shorts!