Last Updated on 23 June 2020 by Marie Davis
It can be tough to find Bermuda or longer length shorts for little, big, and tween girls. The market is flooded with short styles that don’t offer a lot of coverage. For the parents and girls who prefer a midi or a longer length, we have rounded up a few of the best age-appropriate styles of shorts that still look great while providing a little bit more coverage. If you are looking for some soft and comfortable summer styles, have comfy waistbands, and most importantly, a reasonable hemline length scroll down for some of the most well-loved and highly rated longer length shorts for girls.
Ballerina 24/7 Uniform Bermuda Jean Shorts for Girls
The Ballerina 24/7 Uniform Bermuda Jean Shorts for Girls looks like cute denim but feels like soft leggings, so they are a great option for kids who like soft fabrics. The Ballerina is a comfy close-fitting style that is popular for girls who are looking for a longer length. They have an interior adjustable waistband, which is pretty much standard on kids’ shorts these days. Like a lot of Old Navy’s kid’s styles, they have a snap-button closure in sizes 5-8 and then a regular button closure in sizes 10-16 since it is hard for little fingers to use a button and much easier for them to do the snap. One downside to this style is the pockets in the front are not useable, but they do have a functional pocket in the back.
Available from Old Navy
Tucker + Tate ‘Jenna’ Jegging Shorts
These Tucker + Tate ‘Jenna’ Jegging Shorts are a similar option to the Old Navy pick above that are made from a stretchy comfy fabric that is like sweatshirt material that is a jegging style, so it looks like jeans. Despite looking like denim, they don’t have the feel of denim. The Jenna is a cute Bermuda length with lots of coverage that has an elasticized waistband. It has functional front and back pockets for storage and makes a great option for the summer. Unfortunately, the Jenna only comes in white and blue.
Available from Nordstrom
Primary Boardwalk Shorts
Primary is an excellent retailer to find exceptional quality children’s clothes that are so well made they can be passed from sibling to sibling as kids grow out of various garments. The Primary Boardwalk Shorts are a lovely unisex style that comes in a nice selection of beautiful colors that work well for both boys and girls. They have a great length on them and are made from a lightweight cotton fabric that is cool and comfy in the heat. They also have an adjustable waistband, and all sizes have a hook and bar closure, so it is easy for small kids to get this style on and off.
Available from Primary
Gap Midi and Bermuda Shorts
Midi can be a nice alternative to Bermuda lengths since it still gives a decent amount of coverage with the added benefit of keeping kids cooler than a full-length Bermuda style. Midi shorts are shorts usually styles with an inseam of over 3 inches. Gap can be an excellent retailer to find a few midi length options. They only sell the shorts seasonally, and their styles change quite quickly, so you may have to hunt around Gap’s website to find some styles that you like.
Available from Gap
Epic Threads Big Girls Denim Bermuda Shorts
Epic Threads Big Girls Denim Bermuda Shorts are comfy stretch denim that comes in a lighter or darker rinse that has a 5-pocket design so they look like jeans but are lightweight and comfortable enough for the warmer months. The only thing to note with this style is that they are quite a close fit, so if you order online, you may need to be careful with sizing.
Available from Macy’s
A great place to find fun clothes for girls for those warm days spent outside in the sun is Justice. Justice often sells a white Bermuda short that is a suitable length and is made from a soft durable material. They also have a Knit Bermuda Shorts that is a comfy sweatpant type fabric although it may be a little thick for really hot summer weather, it would make a nice school gym short.
Hanna Andersson Paper Bag Waist Shorts
Hanna Andersson Paper Bag Waist Shorts aren’t as long as the other styles on this list, but they are loose and baggy, and the higher waist adds a lovely stylish option. They are made from a soft cotton twill that is lightweight and easy to move around in. This paper bag design comes in beautiful bright colors that are perfect for kids or stylish tweens who like to stand out.
Available from Hanna Andersson
OshKosh B’Gosh Girls’ Skimmer Short
The other style you can look for if you like a longer hemline is a skimmer short. In women’s clothes, a skimmer short usually falls below the knee, but depending on sizing and the height of your child, a skimmer style should fall somewhere near the knee. A great one to check out is the OshKosh B’Gosh Girls’ Skimmer Short. They are made from a peached twill that is comfy yet very durable. They have an adjustable waistband, functional front pockets(the back pockets are decorative only), and have a button fly closure, which may not be the best for younger girls who have trouble doing up buttons (as most do). Some of the colors have a cute pattern on the material like stars or cat faces.
Available from Amazon.com
The Children’s Place Big Girls’ Denim Skimmer Shorts
Another quite popular skimmer style is The Children’s Place Big Girls’ Denim Skimmer Shorts. They are a cute choice that comes in a few vibrant, fun colors. Most parents find this design fits well and is comfy for their child to wear. They are long enough to meet most school dress codes and hold their color well through multiple washing. You can cuff the length and roll them up or down depending on what your child’s preference is. They are somewhat form-fitting and have an adjustable waistband to help get that perfect fit.
Available from Amazon.com
It is hard it is to find age-appropriate shorts for girls when all the styles seem to be ridiculously short. If you didn’t see that perfect pair on our list for school or play here are a few other options you might want to check out:
Uniform Shorts- If you really want a good selection of Bermuda styles and don’t mind sticking with basic colors, uniform shorts are well worth a look. Some are very ‘uniform’ looking, but there are a few options that can work well as regular, modest shorts that are cool and comfy to wear in the heat.
Basketball Styles– Another option you may want to consider is basketball styles of shorts, which are the longer length athletic shorts, in either boys or girls’ sizing. Some brands come in colors that appeal to girls, and the lengths are almost always midi or longer. You may have some issues with the fit around the waist or hips, but if you shop around, you may be able to find a suitable style. All of the big athletic brands have options, including Nike, Adidas Under Armour, etc. Old Navy also has cheap comfy basketball or athletic shorts in general that may work for some girls.
Denim– We didn’t really focus on them much in this post, but it usually isn’t hard to find long denim style of shorts for a girl, especially a tween or older girl at stores like JC Penny, Kohls, Old Navy, or Gap that usually have at least one option. The only problem with the denim styles is that they can get a bit hot in the heat if the length is too long.
Bicycle Shorts– Bicycle shorts can also work if you are very concerned about length. Bicycle shorts will have a more form-fitted look, but if worn with a longer T-shirt, they can provide that extra coverage while still keeping your child cool in the heat.