The Short-List

Serve fresh looks somewhere new with our guide of where to wear these wardrobe essentials with recommendations, from bars to beaches, that will make the ultimate backdrop for creating lasting memories this Summer. So, ditch that passport and expand your horizons locally one sunny day at a time. Here are our top picks for shorts that are essential for warm-weather fun.

Who: For Her

What: Witchery White Linen Shorts

When shopping for Summer wardrobe staples, white linen is always at the top of the list for its effortlessly chic, crisp and breathable nature. We love these Witchery shorts for their subtle paper bag style, the belt with a touch of gold cinching in at the waist, right down to the oversized pockets and folded hem that sits at the perfect length. Easy to dress up or down with a heel or a flat sandal, enhance the gold details with bold jewellery, and either keep it tonal by pairing with a white top, like the lattice blouse pictured, or add some colour to brighten things up.

Where: A Beautiful Waterside Location

If you’re after a beautiful waterside location to turn heads, try The Boathouse Rose Bay or venture up to the central coast for a day trip with your nearest and dearest with a visit to The Boathouse Hotel Patonga, just don’t forget your swimwear for a post-bite splash at Pearl Beach, only a quick 8-minute drive away. Another venue Insta-worthy of wearing these white shorts is The Fenwick, for a quintessential Sydney dining experience in a historical setting on the harbour foreshore in Balmain East.

Who: For Him

What: Uniqlo Chino Shorts

Uniqlo is a one-stop shop for wardrobe staples, it’s a universal fact. We may be biased, but we firmly believe they stock the perfect range of shorts, our favourite being the classic Chino Short, followed closely by the Swim Active Shorts. Pair these back with Uniqlo’s iconic Linen Shirt and Crew Neck Tees to complete the look and colour block the combinations however you please. Grab a cap and sunnies and you’re set to sit back and relax all summer long.

Where: Casual Beachy Charm

If you want the stunning Sydney harbour view from the East-side, hit up Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel with the crew for a long lunch under the iconic striped umbrellas. For a sunset spritz session that brings all the relaxing coastal vibes in tow, we suggest unwinding at Freshwater’s newest Mexican restaurant on the block, St. Alma.

Who: For Kids

What: Just Jeans 

Kids and denim are a match made in heaven, so of course, we can’t pass up on denim shorts as easy to style pieces that are comfortable all day long. Simply rotate with breezy tees and add mix up the shoes from slides too sneakers for the perfect accompaniment. For the younger ones, we love a darker shade like the Junior Boys Megaflex Denim Short Indigo Surf and the Junior Girls Jogg Short Ocean Waves, which has an easy drawstring moment. For tweens, refresh their wardrobe with a lighter, slightly faded wash like the Boys Megaflex Slim Denim Short Indigo Mist and the Girls Amaze Shortie Haze Blue.

Where: Dora The Explorer

Bring your child AND bring your inner child. It’s time to explore ocean pools with your mini this summer. North of the bridge, our favourites Baths are Little Manly and Northbridge, or if you find yourself venturing to the Inner West, Dawn Fraser Pool is a must. For those looking to step in between baths and a surf beach, Neilson Park is a go for kids big and small. Indulge in harbour views, rocks to jump off (carefully) and beautiful walking tracks to unleash your inner Dora.