Guide to Different Types of Shorts for Girls


Picking clothes for girls can be a fun and challenging activity. The ever-growing number of brands and collections available for the female population surely puts us in a bit of a dilemma. On top of that, buying clothes for teens going through a growth spurt is especially challenging because you don’t know what size to get and when they will outgrow their current wardrobe.

As kids and tweens tend to be more active, the material of the clothing items also has to be light and comfortable. It also has to be trendy and nothing too edgy – making it ideal for wearing to multiple places, such as visiting a relative or going to school.

Keeping all of that in mind, below are our top six picks of shorts collections for tweens.

Paperbag waist shorts

As the name suggests, paperbag waist shorts mimic the look of a paper bag. The shorts are usually made with denim and other comfortable fabric and are tied at the waist with a string or a belt. It causes the waistline to scrunch up and gives the impression of a paper bag.

The high-waisted portion of these shorts can make the smallest portion of your waist look flattering. The A-line flare provides the much-needed comfort, making it ideal for highly active tweens. These shorts never go out of style and are the perfect picks for your kid’s summer wardrobe.

Bermuda shorts

Bermuda shorts are also known as dress shorts. They are longer in size, and the hem halts just above the knee. They look similar to cargo shorts, but they are not as baggy. They can come in different fabrics, but the most popular type is denim with frayed edges.

As these shorts are longer, your kid can easily wear them to school. Depending on the fabric, they can be worn in all the warmer seasons.

Among all the types of shorts, Bermuda looks the best on plus-sized girls. However, they can make the legs look much shorter.

Denim shorts

Denim shorts are perhaps the most popular and common type of shorts for young girls due to their durability. They are also trendy and come in various shades and styles, making them timeless.

As the fabric tends to be comfortable, you can focus on the cut and length of the shorts to decide which one would be the best for your kid. You can pick from pull-up, zipper, or even button-styled denim shorts, with the pull-up ones being the easiest to use.

Many brands have denim shorts with embroideries, such as flowers or butterflies. They add a nice touch to the shorts and make them unique.

Maintaining denim is very easy. You don’t need to wash it as often, but you can try a few hacks to make old denim shorts look new for years – or at least till your kid outgrows them.


Skorts are perhaps the trendiest type of shorts. As the name suggests, it’s a hybrid of shorts and skirts – a pair of shorts with a covering on top. If your kid needs to wear a skirt but requires the comfort and flexibility of shorts, skorts might be the best choice for her.

Just like regular shorts, skorts come in different fabrics – cotton, lycra, denim, tweed, etc. They are commonly used in sports, such as tennis. They can or cannot have strings, buttons, or other embellishments.

Chino shorts

Suitable for both formal and regular wear, chino shorts are popular for their style and versatility. These shorts are named after the type of fabric used – chino – and are very comfortable to wear. The fabric was originally made for military use and hence is very durable.

Chino shorts come plain or with a rolled hem, and they can be pull-up style, buttoned, or come with a belt at the waist. If you want to add a touch of trend to these shorts, you can add a belt of a contrasting color as an accessory that will stand out.

Cargo shorts

Cargo shorts are the baggiest shorts of all. They have roughly the same length as Bermuda shorts and some different fabrics. They are durable and comfortable, making them suitable for both playtime and school. They can be worn in summer if they are made with a lighter fabric. However, they are perfect for springs and falls when the temperature is slightly colder, as the length of the shorts covers the legs better. The waist of these shorts can have elastics or strings, making them easy to wear.

It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when shopping for your tween. The culture of buying trendy and cool items while maintaining a budget can be a tough job, but nothing impossible. If you feel unsure, feel free to check the style trends for a couple of years to see what’s working and what’s not.