Summer is the time to put your legs on display, and what better way to do that than with some statement shorts? (For inspiration, check out model Hanneli Mustaparta looking cool as ever in her paisley-print pair.) The best part is that all of our picks are priced under $50, so you can afford to score more than one pair — whether you like your shorts tailored or relaxed, printed or solid, long or, well, short.
Are you a polka-dot kind of girl? We have a couple cute pairs just for you. Do you live in denim? We've got those, too. Prefer something classic you can wear for years? Done and done. You get the picture. So without further ado, get your gams into adorable (and affordable) shorts when you click on.
Zara's checkered shorts  ($40) are a nod to Louis Vuitton's Spring '13 collection .
Summer will be so much more flirty in these Larkin floral print shorts  ($49).
For a classic pair of denim shorts, get on these BB Dakota chambray shorts  ($48).
These Asos culottes in tile print  ($38) would look fabulous with all your basic tanks.
The contrasting washes on these Free People carpenter denim boyfriend shorts  ($47, originally $78) make them totally interesting to look at. We would love to see them with a denim tank for a cool denim-on-denim pairing.
These Wayf pleated print shorts  ($48) are great for gals who want a roomier cut but don't want to sacrifice femininity.
Channel a chic surfer girl in these Nasty Gal sky-blue shorts  ($38).
Zara's animal-print shorts  ($50) are relaxed in cut but totally wild in print — great combo.
If you ask us, you can never go wrong with classic stripes. That's why we can't get enough of these Gap striped shorts  ($40, originally $50).
Roxy's black and white board shorts  ($44) feature a chic print with a relaxed vibe — win, win.
These Modcloth navy shorts  ($50) come with a nautical vibe that will never go out of style.
Add a pop of cobalt to your closet with these Asos belted shorts  ($38).
Channel your inner hippie chick in these Staring at Stars eyelet hem shorts  ($49).
The Limited's cobalt shorts  ($45) would look impeccably chic with some sleek black add-ons. We can also see it with a colorful embellished jacket.
For a dressier pair that will work for nighttime outings, try these Sabine vegan leather jogger shorts ($49).
Gap's boyfriend roll-up shorts  ($40) come in a variety of fun colors — we can't get enough of the slouchy fit.
These J.Crew green cotton shorts  ($50) feature a sporty vibe but still feel girlie.
These Uniqlo knee-length printed shorts  ($30) are dying to go on a sailing trip.
These Brigitte Bailey chevron-print shorts  ($49) would look equally great for day or night. We love the high waist, too.
Get in touch with your inner girlie girl with these Forever 21 pink retro woven shorts  ($16).
The juxtaposition of the sporty drawstring waistline and the abstract print on these CC California dolphin shorts  ($36, originally $78) makes them totally unique.
Go extra fresh with these Mango neon-yellow cotton chino shorts  ($40), and then colorblock them with an equally punchy top.
Add these Gap railroad stripe shorts  ($50) to your closet — they will be relevant for years to come.
The mix of colors and print on these Joe's Jeans splatter shorts  ($37, originally $145) are mesmerizing. To give them a polished feel, add a simple white tank and a black blazer.
Everyone need a pair of crisp white shorts, and we love that you can roll these Vince Camuto white shorts  ($40, originally $59) up or down depending on the outing.
These Victoria's Secret striped shorts  ($44) take classic stripes and give them a fun-loving flair.
We would instantly punch up these Aryn K geo shorts  ($38, originally $58) with a neon-yellow tank.
You're looking at the most sophisticated way to wear shorts: these ASOS black city shorts  ($37). They would look great at the office, too.
These Calvin Klein floral city shorts  ($40, originally $60) are undeniably feminine. We would pair them with all white for a fresh and flirty style.
Sparkle & Fade's camo runner shorts  ($44) feature a pop of orange that gives them a playful edge.
These Loft linen geo-print shorts  ($45) will give you a retro feel, especially if you pair them with a tie-front blouse.
Want to get those limbs noticed? Then definitely hop on these Rachel Roy hot-pink lace-trimmed shorts  ($19, originally $49).
Depending on the accessories, we can see these ASOS printed culottes  ($25) fitting into various scenarios, from a concert to a bar night.
Exude effortlessness in these Derek Lam for DesigNation striped shorts  ($16, originally $40).
Pack these Charlotte Russe tribal shorts  ($20) with you on your next exotic escape. Wear them poolside and for a city stroll.
These Forever 21 tie-front woven shorts  ($18) would make your tanned legs look even hotter. Remove the tie for a cleaner silhouette.
We can't think of a more verdant way to dress up your legs than with these Mango Hawaiian-print shorts  ($40). We can just smell the freshness.
White shorts meet florals in these Arden B tropical-print shorts  ($25, originally $49) — quite a striking duo.
For a subdued and more dressy take on stripes, get these Need Supply striped shorts  ($37, originally $48).
BB Dakota's neon-pink shorts  ($31, originally $44) are sporty in cut and ultrafeminine in color.
These J.Crew Factory dotted chambray shorts  ($37, originally $50) are a great base for countless adorable Summer looks.
These Aéropostale black-and-white printed shorts  ($14, originally $43) would come to life with anything bright: tops, sandals, jewels, etc.
These Reformation x Urban Renewal printed tap shorts  ($49) have Palm Springs written all over them.
We admire the styling on these Mango ikat-print shorts  ($40). Mimic the look with a chambray top and tan sandals.
These Quiksilver denim shorts  ($40, originally $50) have a great icy hue that would go with a variety of tops and sandals.
These Tildon white lace shorts  ($29) are not for the fashion shy — but they would look amazing with a simple gray tank and a denim vest.
These Body Glove printed board shorts  ($37) would look as great on the sand as they would on the sidewalk.
Volcom's bleached aqua denim shorts  ($42) will give you that quintessential beach-y vibe no matter what you wear them with.
Mango's leopard print shorts  ($45) are perfect for the girl who seeks retro-chic flair. Pair them with a bustier-style crop top for extra charm.
These Caslon floral shorts  ($43) would instantly liven your Summer style.