Short story: How to find the most flattering shorts for your body type
When it comes to our wardrobe, shorts earn the MVP award, and we’re tweaking that to stand for Most Versatile Player. Styles range from laid-back denim and cotton twill made for summer weekends to drapey, soft shorts that can be dressed up and donned on date night. Somewhere in between is an emerging trend: “Career shorts” that are apropos for creative office settings and look polished when synced up with a blazer.
But, there are so many selections — from short shorts to Bermudas and cut-offs to culottes. Just like shopping for denim and swimsuits, there’s a few tricks to make sure that you find the best short style for your body type.
If you’re short:
Elongate your legs with a pair of high-waisted shorts. Short shorts work great for short women because it creates the illusion of longer legs. For summer, we’re loving bold patterns like these designer shorts that are inspired by mid-century Tiki decor and vintage textiles. Just pair with a white blouse for an instantly glam outfit. Elongate your gams even more with a pair of nude heels that lend the illusion of extra height. Kauai Petite Shorts, $88 (plus 2% Cash Back), Anthropologie.com
If you have strong, athletic thighs, trying on shorts can be, well, trying. A common problem: Too tight in the legs, too big in the waist. That’s why we love these Seastripe Shorts made from a woven cotton-linen blend. A drawstring waist means no gap in the waistline and the fit is relaxed throughout the thighs with flared legs. These nautical shorts are perfect with a tighter-fitting tank and wedge sandals. Seastripe Shorts, on sale $29.95 (plus 2% Cash Back), Anthropologie.com
If your hips don’t lie, try shorts that have a little flexibility and stretch in the hip area to look like you’re rocking a pair of perfectly tailored shorts. These pixie Bermudas are fitted through the hip and thigh and have the perfect amount of stretch. When shopping Bermudas, look for shorts without thick cuffs as those just add a little extra heft to the thigh area. These pixies come in black or tan, making them a great alternative to denim for casual Fridays in the office. Pair with a patterned blouse and pendant necklace for a professional look. Women’s The Pixie Bermudas (10″), $26.95 (plus 7% Cash Back), OldNavy.com
Curvy girls surely know the powers of A-line dresses and skirts for defining the waist. Try to emulate that same bell shape when shopping for shorts, and you’ll gain the same effect. These belted, wide-leg shorts in a linen blend have a slight, curve-accentuating flare. We especially love these shorts because they’re the perfect transition piece into fall and would look great with light knits and booties come September and October. Belted Wide-Leg Short, on sale $44.99 (plus up to 2% Cash Back), BananaRepublic.com