After a long, snowy winter, the first thing you want to do when the weather gets warm is bust out the shorts–and probably have a barbeque too. After spending months in heavy jeans and thermal leggings, you want to shed the extra layers, paint your toes and relax by the pool (if we could all be so lucky). However, we don’t want to fork out the same amount of money we would for jeans on shorts that use less than half the fabric. Plus, there are probably two or three months of the year when we get to actually let our legs see the sun, so why would we spend a lot of cash when they’re going to sit in our closet next to the formal Christmas dress for most of the year?
Credit cards ready, here are 15 pairs of shorts for under $30:
Teeny-tiny shorts can sometimes look a little, well…slutty. A bright yellow pair with floral pockets peeking out are cute.
Camouflage shorts might have been something your eight-year-old brother wore but with a tailored cut, this camo pair can work on the adult you too. The blue-on-blue pattern is an easy trade for regular old denim.
Daisy Dukes aren’t the only length shorts come in. A longer style is great for days when you don’t feel like shaving your legs.
6. Topshop Tile Print Shorts, $24
Who would have thought a flower tile print and black trim could make our high school gym shorts wearable outside of PE? Oh wait, these actually fit too.
What’s better than regular leopard print? Rainbow leopard print.
With a hippie daisy print and floaty silhouette, you can buy these now and keep them for Coachella next year. You don’t have to dip into the $400 ticket saving jar that much.
Thought white lace was only for grandma’s curtains? When paired with denim, it looks modern.
Remember the bike shorts you wore as a kid? Now you can get a semi-adult version.
Woven denim shorts with an elastic waist just might be the perfect BBQ shorts. Bring on the hamburgers.
Striped shorts Popeye would be jealous of (that is if he actually wore stripes).
Yes, these shorts are from Walmart. If you’ve never gone into the clothing section, do yourself a favor and take a look the next time you’re in stocking up on toilet paper.
The print on these shorts remind me of a Rorschach ink blot mixed with a kaleidoscope. Groovy.