made to order with a 4-5 week lead time

Papaya Short In Twill


Size Guide

The inspiration behind the Papaya short was a desire for simplicity. A return to a simple garment that is easy to wear with anything to anywhere when it's too hot for pants. The Papaya features an elastic waistband, invisible side seam pockets, wide hem, and long inseam that hits mid-thigh. These wide-leg shorts look almost like a skirt with its loose and flowy shape. 

The Papaya Shorts are available in cotton twill and 100% double organic cotton gauze in a separate listing.

Material and Care 

Fabric: Organic Cotton Twill

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton. Weight is 7oz

Description:  Unlike any fabric we have had before. A structured but soft feel with a beautiful drape. It is classic and crisp. 

Care:  Machine washable. Wash on delicate with cool water. Tumble dry on low heat or hang dry (which we prefer). 

Sizing and Fit 

Hannah has a 34" bust, 26" waist and 37" hips. She is 5'9" and wearing the size 0 in natural. 

Arielle has a 48" bust, 48.5" waist and 54" hip. She is 5'7" and wearing a size 7 in lavender. 

Hanna has a 34" bust, 30" waist and 39" hip. She is 5'2" and wearing a size 1 in lavender and paprika twill. 

Intended to have a relaxed fit. For a more fitted short, size down. Select a size that is at least 1.5" larger than your largest measurement. 


Shipping and Returns

We design, cut, and sew all of our garments in our Los Angeles studio. We currently have a lead time of 4-5 weeks. 

Colorblocked garments are final sale. 

We hope you are always satisfied with your order! If that isn't the case, we want to make it right. If for any reason an item does not work for you, we offer free returns for store credit within 14 days of receiving your package. We do not offer refunds at this time. To request a return, please email with your order number and we will respond to you shortly.

Collections: All, Bottoms, Tropical Collection

Type: Bottoms

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Paulina P.

Sotela is my favorite brand. I bought the papaya short in white linen last year, and after wearing them almost every day for an entire summer, I knew I had to get another pair: cue, gingham.

Not only are they comfortable, but they're flattering and stylish. I get so many compliments!!!

The only complaint I have is that I still get chub rub when I wear these shorts-- However, it's nothing a lil deoderant smeared on my inner thigh won't fix.

Kathleen K.
I love these shorts!!! <3

I waited to review these shorts for a while because I wanted to wear them for a while before evaluating. Now that I've worn them a lot: I LOVE THEM!!! They are the perfect length where they are just long enough to avoid thigh chaffing, while still short enough to match my style (I've never been a bermuda shorts girl). The fabric & construction are very high quality. I honestly had given up on shorts for years until I finally ordered these, and I'm so happy I did :) :) :)

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 Sotela's approach to sizing is a little different. Instead of using the conventional small, medium and large, we've decided to change our wording because why not! We want to keep things simple and offer the most out of your clothing. 




Here's a step by step of how to choose your Sotela size:

  1. Measure yourself – This one is very important if you shop online, which as of now, I think we all are! Check out our tutorial to measure yourself because we use low hip measurements with our clothing. 
  2. Once you have your measurements, go to the product page for the garment you are interested in and click on the “Sizing and fit” tab or “Garment Measurements for Petite, etc.”
  3. The garment measurements on the product page will tell you the actual width and length of the garment. For example: the Ryan Trouser measures 26″ with an unstretched waistband and 42″ in the hip for the size 1.
  4. Based on your measurements, choose a size that is about 2″ more than your largest measurement. For example: I have a 39″ hip. The size 1 hip measures 42″ which gives me about 3″ of ease. The size 0 measures 40″ in the hip making it too small for me.
  5. Make sure to use your largest measurement when choosing a size, especially if you are looking at a jumpsuit or dress. If your bust is larger than your hip, I’d recommend choosing a size based on your bust because that ensures it will give sufficient ease for the rest of your body.
  6. Lastly, if you are still unsure, email us hello (at) with your measurements! We are happy to recommend a size.

The video below can give you a better idea of how to measure yourself! 

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