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Top 5 Modest Shorts for Summer

As the weather continues to get warmer, you’ll likely be looking to break out the shorts and skip the sweating. Seriously, jeans look great, but they don’t feel great when it’s 90 degrees outside!

We know that some of you don’t feel comfortable in shorts at all, and those who do may prefer a longer length. We did our best to find a variety of styles while staying within the comfort zone of most of our PI gals. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our top five choices! cuffed boyfriend bermudas

Old Navy is having a major shorts sale right now—all of their shorts are $15! We love these cuffed boyfriend Bermudas, available in petite and tall as well. The shorts come in seven colors, but we’re digging this “Walk the Lime” (ha!) shade. You’ll be itching to get on a boat in no time! (Old Navy, $15)

denim bermudas

The Bermuda shorts trend is great for modest wear, and if you like the lime shorts we featured above, you’ll be happy to know you can get the same length and cut in denim. These, of course, will get a lot of wear and go with anything in your closet! (Old Navy, $15)

drapey shorts

These drapey shorts come in four colors (including a print), but we’d go for classic black, which can easily be dressed up or down, making them extra versatile! (Target, $23)

American Eagle Cargo Shorts

Need a lot of pockets for all of your summer adventures? These neutral cargo bermuda shorts have got you covered! (American Eagle Outfitters, $45)

Kohls Skimmers

If you love khakis and want a pair of shorts that you’ll get a lot of wear out of, we suggest these comfortable skimmers. (Kohl’s, $22)

Girls, which pair of shorts is your favorite? Where did you buy your favorite shorts? What do you think makes a pair of shorts modest? Tell us all in the comments below!

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  1. billygirl88

    Posted by billygirl88 on March 14, 2016 at 12:59

    Thank you so much for this list! I’m super tall so I have problems with finding proper shorts during the summer. This is extremely helpful. 🙂

  2. theteenfashionista

    Posted by theteenfashionista on March 3, 2016 at 16:33

    I tend to wear short shorts (my style) but all these are ADORAB!

  3. FuschiaFeatheryFriend

    Posted by FuschiaFeatheryFriend on June 13, 2014 at 00:31

    I personally think these shorts aren’t short enough. They look too modest! 😐

  4. LizzieJean

    Posted by LizzieJean on June 10, 2014 at 08:05

    I have found Aerpostal. has a pair of shorts in their uniform collection that are really nice. They sit just at the knee on me are super comfy. They come in blue,black, khaki and one other color. I wear these shorts to work because there my shorts cannot have any frayed edges and have to be black, blue or khaki. You have to order them online because school is almost out but they are only $14 right now. They have them in standard and curvy (I’m not sure of the difference)
    Here is the link below


  5. LizzieJean

    Posted by LizzieJean on June 10, 2014 at 07:56

    I really love the length of those first pair of Old Navy shorts. I had never thought to try shopping there! I have a such a hard time buying shorts now a days! The biggest reason is because I’m really short (5’2) and my legs are not very long I simply cannot pull of bermuda shorts (not even in petite sizes) I usually buy a pair of jeans (or use old jeans I have) and cut them to a pair of shorts that I am happy with. It is great to do that but it is nice to just go in a buy a pair then doing it yourself. Thank you so much for posting this for us! This has been super helpful for me! 🙂

  6. Ducttaper4JC

    Posted by Ducttaper4JC on June 7, 2014 at 10:48

    I prefer shorts that almost or do touch my knees… which can be kind of tough since I’m taller! However, it’s important to me, so I make the effort. But for me, I’m so used to longer shorts that wearing fingertip length shorts feels super revealing and uncomfortable for me. Haha, it’s kind of funny! Anyway, I think all of these are super cute! The last pair reminds me of my favorite pair of shorts, that happens to be wearing out- I’d love to go try them on and see if they really are similar! If they are, I’d love to stock up! 😀

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Karyn14 on May 27, 2014 at 18:50

    I love the Old Navy shorts; I got them in a mint color! I love most of these ideas! I don’t mind wearing shorter shorts at all, but these are perfect for the times when I especially need to wear something modest.

  8. beautiful_ending

    Posted by beautiful_ending on May 22, 2014 at 18:44

    I dislike all of these. They’re too long for me. I like a mid-thigh short to shorter. I have my own rules for shorts- they have to be longer than my fingers and my parents have to approve. The shorts featured are too modest for my taste, and they aren’t comfortable for me.

  9. violinlover

    Posted by violinlover on May 20, 2014 at 19:02

    I have to admit, that I do wear shorter shorts. I personally don’t like bermuda’s because they fail to flatter my body shape in any way, shape or form. They also defeat the purpose of “shorts” because, the purpose of wearing them is to be more comfortable from the heat. I would classify most of these as “capris”, not shorts. Being on the lighter side, shorter shorts don’t look immodest on me, so I wear them.

    • Ducttaper4JC

      Posted by Ducttaper4JC on June 7, 2014 at 10:41

      I don’t mind other people wearing shorter shorts, although I love (and am only comfortable in) longer ones. However, just to be technical these all are shorts and not capris, except maybe the last pair. The difference is, capris cover the knees. 🙂 Not trying to be mean or anything, I’m just saying. 🙂

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by girl4godR on May 16, 2014 at 17:01

    i’ve worn a lot of bermudas but I also love mid-thigh shorts that I found that are modest but not too hot for summer, plus they’re cute

  11. GraceGirl1379

    Posted by GraceGirl1379 on May 15, 2014 at 13:58

    Some of those are like….. not even short. I just need to find shorts that aren’t REALLY short.

  12. sun on the daisies

    Posted by sun on the daisies on May 15, 2014 at 10:53

    I really like the length of the first pair, although the color is a bit crazy for my taste.

    • LittleLady

      Posted by LittleLady on May 26, 2014 at 20:58

      That’s exactly how I feel. I like the second kind too! I wear those a lot love them.

  13. RenaeOwl79

    Posted by RenaeOwl79 on May 15, 2014 at 10:28

    Um… sure these shorts are modest but…. VERY! I get the 3+3/4 inch ones from A&E and my Mom is ok with that but I don’t wear them to church.

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by nickiissocoollike on May 14, 2014 at 19:32

    On us tall girls, ALL shorts are “too short”

    • RenaeOwl79

      Posted by RenaeOwl79 on June 2, 2014 at 08:20

      I’m pretty average on the height (5’6″) but I still struggle to find reasonable shorts and these shorts are SO unflattering! They would make my thighs look like balloons!

    • GraceGirl1379

      Posted by GraceGirl1379 on May 15, 2014 at 13:56

      I’ll say! I have to get guy’s sizes of sports shorts now.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Ceo2000 on May 29, 2014 at 18:10

        I feel your pain! My youth group’s rule is that shorts must be below your fingertips. I respect and want to obey the rule, but Old Navy’s Bermuda shorts still don’t meet. Grrr kong legs!

  15. faith134

    Posted by faith134 on May 14, 2014 at 12:13

    The jean Old Navy bermudas were cute! But I personally find these a bit meh. My modesty rule for shorts are that when I put my arms down they’re no shorter than my thumb.

    I’m so looking foward to this Modest Summer Fashion series!!! Please please please do one on swimsuits like last year!!!!! 😀

  16. StayAnchored

    Posted by StayAnchored on May 13, 2014 at 21:50

    Those are awesome! It is so hard to find modest shorts… I often go to Penny’s and shop in the kids section because they offer more in a decent length! I am definitely going to go get a pair of the green Old Navy ones because my church’s VBS is color themed and I help with the green crew, so that will be festive! 😀

    • StayAnchored

      Posted by StayAnchored on May 14, 2014 at 21:47

      I went and got a pair of the green ones but I found them a bit on the short side so I just snipped the seams where they are folded up! Voila! I now have 9 in. shorts instead of 7 in.!! 🙂

  17. natalie_charb

    Posted by natalie_charb on May 13, 2014 at 18:00

    please post more like this!!! It really helps especially since it is getting hotter and clothes are getting shorter!

    • Mariposa

      Posted by Mariposa on May 16, 2014 at 04:14

      Yes, I agree!!! 🙂 I see a lot of the girls complaining that they’re too modest, but it seems that it would be a lot easier for those girls to find shorts for themselves as opposed to us who need longer shorts to satisfy our modesty standards…. just a thought….

    • ILiv4God

      Posted by ILiv4God on May 13, 2014 at 20:11

      Haha so true!!

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Karyn14 on May 13, 2014 at 16:58

    I love these, especially the green ones! THANKS <3

  19. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on May 13, 2014 at 15:14

    These are awful….They’re so frumpy.

  20. ElvenPrincess

    Posted by ElvenPrincess on May 13, 2014 at 14:12

    Eh. I personally find this kind of shorts kinda… eh. xD I like to wear “short (but not too short) shorts” and capris in the summer. Capris when extra modesty is required. 😉

  21. chelly246

    Posted by chelly246 on May 13, 2014 at 12:54

    or this one http://www.jcpenney.com/women/clearance/shorts-capris/vanilla-star-embroidered-bermuda-shorts/prod.jump?ppId=pp5003830814&catId=cat100250157&&colorizedImg=DP0314201417075886M.tif

    i think these are great

  22. smileysofie

    Posted by smileysofie on May 13, 2014 at 09:19

    Those are barely shorts!