Best Bet: Alexis Short

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In 90-degree heat, shorts reign as a weekend staple, whether you’re barbecuing or biking around the city. Steven Alan’s Alexis short offers a versatile alternative to ubiquitous denim. The heather gray organic cotton is breathable and comfortable, but the front tie and flattering fit keep the shorts from looking like gym attire. And like the best go-to pieces from your summer wardrobe, these can be worn on a trip to the beach or park (you can throw them in the wash afterward) or dressed up with a silk tank and sandals.

Alexis short, $129 (originally $168) at Steven Alan or online.