Shorts season is just around the corner. Gone are the days of tyrannical mothers, nannies, and the occasional Catholic-school nun dictating your sartorial choices. The age-old fingertip rule? It's in the past. It's now up to you (and only you!) if you want to go classic with a demure Bermuda short, or wow 'em with a pair of straight-up hot pants. We say, if you've got it, flaunt it.
Summer weekends are the perfect forum for exhibiting your freedom of (fashion) expression, so we've rounded up 16 pairs of shorts in every length imaginable to help you do just that. Going to brunch with the BF's parents? We've got culottes for that. Jamming out at a concert with your girlfriends? We've got cutoffs for that. Click through to indulge yourself in all the too-cute (or too-sexy!) summertime staples—because this time, your mom can't say no.