Best Affordable Shorts for Mom

Summer is here and that means the kids are out of school and it’s time for adventure.  We might be headed to the park, the zoo, vacation or just running carpool to the various camps and clinics.  It’s hot and humid in the midwest so as much as I love a good pair of jeans, it’s just too hot if I am out and about!  I need a good pair of affordable shorts.  The problem is I don’t want anything hanging out (if you know what I mean) but I also don’t want to look dowdy.

So, in the name of comfort and practicality, I set out shopping.  Short shopping ranks right up there with jean and swimsuit shopping so I took my mom along for moral support and a 2nd opinion.  I shared more ideas for how I overcome body insecurity while shopping in this post!  A 2nd opinion when it comes to buying shorts is essential for me!  I found 5 pairs plus an old favorite to share with you.  Have you found a favorite pair of shorts lately? Make sure to share in the comments!

mom shorts collage for budget-friendly short options

6 Best Affordable Shorts for Mom


J crew factory pull on shorts

1 – J Crew Factory Pull-on Shorts

For years, I have worn the J Crew Factory elastic waistband, pull-on shorts.  They still sell them, now in a longer 5 inch inseam.  They are really comfortable and come in a couple of classic colors.    I showed ways to style them in this post.


Old Navy 3.5 inch inseam denim short

2 – Old Navy 3.5 Inch Inseam Shorts

These shorts have been on sale all spring (original price is $19.99).  They are a mid-rise jean short and have a little bit of stretch.  I got my actual size in these and these work great for a good front tucked tee with sandals.


Old Navy slim midi short

3 – Old Navy Midi Shorts

These shorts have a 5-inch inseam so they are a little longer but not quite a Bermuda short and are more slim to the leg.  They are another great option if you have longer legs.  They come in a couple of different washes and are at a great price point and normally on sale!  Midi shorts are a great option for us moms and definitely pass the finger-tip test (tell me you know what I am talking about!).  Speaking of which, Target is selling midi shorts for girls too which is awesome!


Lou & Grey twill shorts

4 – LOFT Lou & Grey Twill Shorts

These might be my favorite shorts.  I ordered a medium and generally wear a size 6-8 and they fit perfect.  They don’t cling and give my legs a little room to breathe ;).  They are so comfy and light-weight, perfect for those water-attractions at the local amusement park or a particularly humid day!  I got the olive noir color but want to go back and get the carbon crystal color too!


Loft Bermuda shorts for women

5 – LOFT Bermuda Denim Shorts

I also got these shorts.  They have an 8 inch rolled inseam and are more fitted.  They were a little out of my comfort zone but my mom assured me I could pull them off and Bermuda shorts are on trend right now.  These also are a great option for rocking the front tuck!  Sign-up for LOFT emails and wait until they go on sale.  I got mine 40% off!


Target A New Day polyester pleated shorts with 4 inch inseam.

6 – A New Day Black Pleated Shorts

I found these shorts at Target.  They are a thinner polyester material with a 4-inch inseam and are high-waisted with zipper and elastic waist.  These shorts are looser on the legs and perfect for dressing up with wedges or casual with a knotted shirt and flip flops!


So, there you have it; my 6 pairs of shorts I have in my closet.  The different inseam lengths and fabrics give me lots of options to mix and match with my favorite tank tops (like these), throw on a necklace and my favorite Birkenstock sandals and I am ready to head out the door.  I know you might not love the idea of shorts but trust me, try these ones on.  It’s important to feel comfortable so that you can get out there and have fun with your family!  Shorts aren’t just for kids, they are for us too!  Have you found some that you love?  Share in the comments, recommendations are the best way to find new favorites!

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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