Trend Forecast: Women’s Shorts for Spring 2022


Many warm-weather clothing trends come and go, but shorts will forever be a spring wardrobe staple. Bike shorts had a major moment in the last few years but this coming spring we are looking forward to short trends inspired by the Spring/Summer 2022 runways.

We all love the warmer spring weather, but it can be tough to score top-quality women’s shorts that are flattering and cute yet comfortable and practical.  Nowadays, you can expect to find shorts of all lengths in any print imaginable. High-waisted shorts, botanical prints, longer shorts, lace shorts — you name it.

Today’s shorts also come in a variety of fabrics, ranging from linen to denim and even leather. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice, and that’s a good thing.  The only downside is that there might be almost too many options, making it tricky to find the perfect shorts for you.

No worries, though we have put together a quick guide to shopping for the very best women’s shorts for spring and summer 2022.

Spring-Summer 2022 Women’s Shorts Trends You Can Buy Now

If you’re planning to stock your wardrobe for the spring-summer season, you’ve got plenty of shorts-shopping to do. Whether you’re shopping for something to give your legs some tan, hit the beach, or just lounge around the house, here are some of the hottest women’s shorts trends that are sure to suit your spring-summer 2022 styling goals:

– Leather shorts

Something about leather shorts makes them a great choice for late spring. Women’s leather shorts, like those offered by Sanctuary, come with beautiful paper bag waists and a self-tie detail. Make sure to round off your spring look with colorful items like a blazer and bright whites.

For example, consider pairing black leather shorts with a hot pink blazer.  Complete your casual get-up with a white crew-neck t-shirt, dark brown sunglasses, and a pair of black leather loafers.

– Paper bag waist shorts

Straight out of fashion shows and runways, paper bag shorts are poised to have a big moment come spring 2022.  Look for beauties with high waists and a clean look.  It’s even dandier if they feature a scrunched waist and bow-tie detail.

– Lace shorts

Lace shorts are back, baby! The best way to wear lace shorts is by layering them under loose-fitting tops.  Only a few inches of the shorts will peek out, giving your killer legs the chance to steal the show.  Consider adding high heels to the mix for a stunning leg show.

– Denim shorts

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see jeans and denim shorts trending.  From edgy and preppy, there are many styles of denim shorts to match your personal style.  Next spring, ditch traditional denim shorts for cutoffs with a high-waisted silhouette and distressed details.  They’re best teamed with bright whites.

Not a fan of cutoffs?  Why not stick to bleached denim shorts instead!  They pair well with flat leather boots.  For a more relaxed look with a contemporary edge, combine your denim shorts with a white print kimono.

– Beachcomber shorts

If you’re after something that will serve you well throughout spring and summer, beachcomber should be your weekend go-to look. These itty bitty, super-soft, fast-drying shorts will make fabulous cover-ups for any activity that involves water.  An unmistakably casual vibe is automatically tied to their relaxed fit.

– Printed rompers

For those who want to add a little drama to their spring outfits, printed rompers are right up your alley. Be sure to offset the busy print on the rompers with solid-colored items elsewhere in your ensemble.

– Runners

Okay, let’s be honest for a sec here; runners are a no-brainer choice if you buck a very active lifestyle.  These athletic-inspired shorts have dominated many summers, and it seems they’ll never go out of style.  When shopping for these gems, make sure to have fun with the colors and prints.

For a casual sporty look, pair your runners with white low-top sneakers. Or opt for fun jewelry and heels if you want to class it up.

– Shortalls

A witty wordplay on shorts and overalls, shortalls is a shorts trend that has continued to gain popularity spring after spring, summer after summer.  We say: spring 2022 will be shortalls season!  For a cool, urban-esque country-inspired outfit, be sure to layer them under a light blazer or bomber jacket.  Add a hot pink silk tank top and tan leather ballerina shoes to the mix; you’ll thank us later.

– Cargo shorts

If you prioritize function, then classic cargo shorts are a must-have in your spring/summer wardrobe.  This is especially true if you prefer wearing utilitarian pieces like mechanic’s jackets, boilersuits, and carpenter pants. For the ultimate utility, go for cargo shorts with deep pocket styles, classic details, and neutral colors like khaki and dark green.

You can dress up your cargo shorts with a bright-colored parka because they marry well.  For an even classier look, complete your ensemble with a pair of tan or navy suede pumps, a navy shawl-neck sweater, and a brown leather belt.

Resortwear Women’s Shorts for When You Need to Escape the Winter

Resort Wear women’s shorts are also bound for a big spring and summer 2022.  With these tropical-inspired shorts, you can dress casually classy when you’re exploring your destination. Later in the day, you can dress it up for dinners or nights on the town.

This coming spring, you will want to stick to cropped resort wear shorts with a five-inch or seven-inch cut. They will ensure you stay cool and comfy without riding up your buns.  Finish off your look with an oversized hat and a loose tee or eyelet blouse.

Bike Shorts Aren’t Going Anywhere

Biker shorts have been in vogue since last spring, and they’ve certainly earned their burgeoning numbers of raving reviews. Fashion experts are expecting the style will remain on-trend come next spring.  They are Instagram-ready, fit snugly, and are perfect for many settings, from the gym to lounging around the house.

Matching Sets Are All the Rage

Matching shorts sets are also sure to take over spring fashion.  When styling your matching sets, you probably don’t want to expose too much of your midriff.  Use these sets to show a small peek of skin right above your true waist.  These women’s shorts will help balance out the monotony of the matching bottom and top without the need to add more layers.


Women’s shorts for spring-summer 2022 come in many different styles.  The biggest trends include scrunched-up paper-bag shorts, bleached denim cutoffs, black leather shorts, utilitarian cargo shorts, and of course, the evergreen biker shorts.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.