Spring is just around the corner, and before you know it, it will be too hot to wear your go-to leggings and jeans. So, you'll need a good pair of shorts to swap in that will keep you cool and give your legs some long-awaited sun exposure (just don't forget the SPF).
Choosing the right pair for warmer weather can be a little stressful though. You want something that will feel comfortable, have the right amount of stretch and won't cause chafing when you get sweaty. But they also have to look good. It can be hard to find one pair that checks all the boxes. After all, you'll be wearing them for lounging, beach days, casual outings and everything in between.
To make it easier, we rounded up 10 shopper-loved pairs of slimming and shaping athletic and casual shorts that will carry you through hot spring days, whether you're headed for a run or a night out.
Best slimming bike shorts, according to reviewers
These shorts have a wide high-rise waistband which, according to the brand, will prevent the dreaded muffin top and provide a slimming effect. There are multiple length options, from 2.5 to 9 inches. According to one Shop TODAY writer, they hug your mid-section in a tight yet comforting way and won't cause chafing, thanks to the flat seams.
Spanx's faux-leather leggings are an internet favorite, and this short version is perfect for the warmer spring days ahead. Much like the longer counterpart, they feature the brand's contoured Power Waistband which is said to shape your tummy and give your backside a lift. The faux-leather material makes them chicer than your average bike shorts, so they can be worn just about anywhere.
These bestselling shorts have more than 49,000 five-star ratings, with many reviewers raving about how comfortable and flattering they are. They even have pockets, two on the sides and one hidden in the waistband, so you can keep your phone and keys close by.
Whether you're heading out for a workout or running to the store, you'll want to throw on these shorts. Not only are they said to be moisture-wicking and easy to move in, but they look good, too. They feature a high waist and Alo's lifting and sculpting Airbrush fabric to flatter your frame.
TikTok loves Aerie's crossover leggings — and this bike short version is just as comfortable and flattering. Along with the classic black style, you can get the shorts in three colors that are perfect for spring.
Available in eight colors, including marble and tie-dye options, these shorts are both fashionable and functional. The fabric is breathable and stretchy, and the company says that the wide waistband provides tummy control to streamline your shape.
Best slimming casual shorts, according to reviewers
Show off your best assets in these shorts that promise to enhance your curves and provide a little lift where you need it most. They come in a range of sizes, from 00 to 24, and although they fit true to size, the denim has no stretch so the brand recommends sizing up for comfort.
One Shop TODAY writer called these shorts her "favorite Amazon find." She said the body contour design hugged her hips and flattened her stomach, but never felt constricting. There are more than 30 colors to choose from, so they're sure to become a new staple in your closet.
Bermuda shorts have been making their way back into mainstream fashion for a while now, and it's easy to see why — it's a classic cut and provides more coverage than your typical shorts. And these ones from Levi's are designed with a figure-flattering fit and a comfortable amount of stretch.
These shorts come in a variety of styles, including light and dark washes and distressed pairs. Each style features a flattering high waist and Secret-Slim front pockets that are said to hold you in. No matter what you pair them with, we bet that these shorts will help you look and feel your best.
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