When temperatures soar and the humidex gets obscene, shorts rule, if only briefly. NOW gets a leg up on some of the best on the streets.
Clockwise from top: Modrobes' maroon-and-blue women's Awol is just one of the great styles turning up at Destination Danforth ($39, 232 Danforth, 416-461-9128).
Long shorts are big for guys. Roots does a women's variation, on sale for $32.99 (Eaton Centre, 270 Yonge, 416-593-9640, and others).
Modrobes Awol for boys is also $39 at Destination Danforth.
Old Navy's got the goods at very desirable prices (Eaton Centre, 290 Yonge, 416-593-2551, and others). At $14.99 (on sale), their purple-and-pink short track shorts are great for grrls. For boys, red Trek shorts with an integrated belt are regularly priced at $26.50.
ACE's indigo Blue Mar features a drawstring front ($65, Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge, 416-214-1466).
A vibrant yellow/turquoise print gets into the tropical feel of truly humid spells, $26.99 (on sale) at Roots.
Modrobes' Slip short is long on bold details ($39, Modrobes, 329 Queen West, 416-340-1222).
Hurley International's E-Z Fly Boardshorts are going for a very cool $39.99 at Urban Outfitters, where Bulldog's beige cords make an understated retro statement ($29.99).
Modrobes' Big Bop sports an integrated webbing belt ($59).
Tough yet soft, hemp makes a great fibre for fabrics, and Green Babilon's red top-stitched shorts make a very sweet statement ($74.95, The Friendly Stranger, 241 Queen West, 416-591-1570).