Here’s the thing about shorts: Apparently everyone has an opinion about them. There’s the group that loves them—from high waisted pairs to distressed denim cutoffs to whimsically sailor-inspired designs, they just can’t get enough of them—and then there’s the group of people who would rather watch them burn in an explosion than ever have to wear them again. Oh, and let’s not forget the group that just thinks they’re, you know, aight.
VIDEO: Three Ways to Wear Slouchy Shorts
We went around the office and asked InStyle editors the hard-hitting question: Shorts, yes or no? (This is some hard, investigative journalism, people.) Scroll through to see what they say and shop editor-approved styles—from actual shorts to shorts alternatives that do just the trick.