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Happy Friday, all! Last month I went on a mission to find shorts I really like. I have a couple pairs of this Caslon style, as well as a similar one that’s no longer available, and they’re fine, but they stretch A LOT after only one wearing and then are really big around the waist and won’t stay where I want them — and I specifically wanted a style without a button/zipper.
I saw that a reader recommended shorts from Columbia, and I found their Sandy River Short on sale for only $20, so I snagged a pair. I really like them! The 5″ inseam version of my size was sold out at the time, so I bought the next size down, and although the fit is a bit small (and pulling them up over my hips is kind of a challenge, TBH), my normal size (which I tried later) had that bulky, puffy look that I was trying to avoid. These shorts have side pockets and a small back zip pocket, and the fabric is UPF 30 and blocks UVA and UVB rays.
Since I liked those so much, next I tried Columbia’s Anytime Casual Short (pictured above; I have the 7″ inseam), and I like it even more. It has less of a sporty look but is still casual, and I like the wide band at the top, which is flattering and comfortable. The shorts are UPF 50 and block UVA and UVB rays, and they have side pockets. Note: I found the rise a bit short, which is a problem I haven’t had with other shorts and pants.
Not only are these shorts great for casual wear, but I think they’d also be good for hiking, etc. One note about underwear: If you care about VPL, you probably won’t be able to wear just any style with these shorts. I wear these and these with them. (The latter are so comfortable!)
The Sandy River Short (XS–3X) is $19.99 and up at Amazon and comes in several colors; the pictured Anytime Casual Short (XS–XXL) is $29.90 and up and available in four colors. Sizes 1X–3X in the first style are also listed separately at Amazon for $27 and up, while plus sizes in the second are on sale for $29.90 at Columbia.
Psst: Last year we rounded up the best shorts for summer.
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Workwear sales of note for 12.3.21…
- Nordstrom – Up to 50% off! TONS of sales on reader-favorite lingerie brands like Natori, True & Co, Hanky Panky, and Wacoal — lots of Zella and Barefoot Dreams on sale too!
- Lo & Sons – Up to 60% off (through 12/5)
- Ann Taylor – 60% off select full-price styles; 60% of all sale styles
- Loft – 40% off your purchase
- J.Crew – 40% off sweaters, coats & more
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 50% off everything; extra 50% off clearance
- Banana Republic Factory – 60% off everything
- Lands’ End – Up to 70% off
- Eloquii – Up to 50% off