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Here's why 'mom shorts' are the hottest look of summer

Meet summer's hottest trend!
Mom Shorts
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/ Source: TODAY

Next time someone tells you you're wearing "mom shorts," go ahead and thank them for noticing, because the flattering shorts style is trending like crazy for summer. Much like the term "dad jeans" or "mom haircut," mom shorts could be interpreted to mean frumpy or unflattering, but this look is anything but.

The style isn't new (how could we forget the parody video dedicated to the trend), but recent articles with headlines like "I Think the Short-Shorts Trend Is Dead — Here's Why," just serve to confirm what we've been hoping for: Long shorts are here to stay.

Mom shorts, aka Bermuda shorts, vary in length, but they're most often cut just above the knee and are sometimes belted at the waist. Vogue pointed out the trend and came up with the cheeky name, but longer length shorts in general have been around for a while.

In fact, trendsetters ranging from Gigi Hadid to the ever-timeless Jacqueline Kennedy have all given the more modest look their stamp of approval. And who could ever forget Julia Roberts' fetching red pair in the film "Pretty Woman"?

Whether you're looking for a bit more coverage from the sun or are just sick of short shorts, Bermuda shorts are a refreshing look for the summer. We're already crushing on these flirty options!

1. 7-Inch Stretch Chino Short, $45, J.Crew

Does it get any more classic than a pair of Bermuda chinos? These shorts with a 7-inch inseam are one of J.Crew's bestselling pairs. They come in size 00-24 and are available in five different summery colors.

2. Casual Bermuda Short with Drawstring, $16, Amazon

Stay comfy and cute in this cotton pair of Bermuda shorts with a waist-cinching drawstring. They come in 12 different colors and are available in size XS-XXL.

3. Sanctuary Cabana High-Rise Striped Shorts, $50 (originally $89), Anthropologie

These striped shorts look like they were designed for Jackie Kennedy herself! The updated classic can easily be worn with a white T-shirt and a pair of Birkenstocks for a more casual look, or try it with a matching blazer and a pair of loafers for a dressier take on the trend.

4. Amazon Essentials 10-inch Inseam Bermuda Short, $19, Amazon

With a modest length and a wide range of colors, it's not surprising that these are Amazon's bestselling pair of Bermuda shorts. Reviewers called them "well made" and "good quality," and the price really can't be beat.

5. Women's Mid-Rise Skinny Short, $17, Walmart

A Walmart bestseller, these denim Bermuda shorts are both versatile and comfortable. "You will not find a more comfortable and fashionable pair of denim shorts," one reviewer claimed. Sounds like a winner to us!

6. NYDJ Linen Bermuda Shorts, $69, Nordstrom

Linen and Bermuda shorts go together like summer and ice cream. This plus-size pair from NYDJ are designed with "lift-tuck" technology to create a flattering silhouette. We love that they're polished without looking too stuffy.

7. Tribal Women's Stretch Printed Bengaline Pull-on Bermuda, $23, Amazon

These micro-gingham shorts even include a "tummy-control" panel at the waist for a more flattering fit. With a mid-knee hemline, you could even get away with wearing these full-coverage shorts to work!

8. Time and Tru Bermuda Shorts, $14, Walmart

We love the external pockets on these Bermuda shorts from Walmart's fashion brand, Time and Tru. They're a bestseller at the retailer and they seem like the perfect pair of shorts to wear for an outdoor adventure.

9. J.O.A. Belted Shorts, $72, Nordstrom

On the more formal side, these belted shorts from J.O.A. might just replace your favorite pair of white jeans.

So mom shorts are in. But are cargo shorts ever OK? That's a debate for another day.

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