SWRVE cotton shorts, £65, www.swrve.co.uk
This sturdy and understated pair is cut fairly short and the fit’s fairly snug, although a Lycra fabric mix provides a little stretch. A seamless crotch helps avoid pressure points, while Velcro and zipped pockets keep belongings safe. Not cheap at £65, but you'll be looking for excuses to wear them. Sizes 30-38in, with three-quarter length options; also a range of women-specific designs.