Short story: How to find the most flattering fit for your body type
By Brittany Anas
If you’re like us, shopping for shorts falls into the same category as swimwear and jeans. It takes a little bit of patience and a lot of self-love because finding a flattering fit can be a feat. Somewhere in between the awkward cotton, one-size-fits-all shorts you wore to middle school P.E. and the short, denim cutoffs that accompanied you on your senior year spring break to Cabo are an ideal pair of shorts that are flattering and comfortable.
Here’s a buyer’s guide to shorts shopping to help you find your most favorite pair … ever!
A few universal truths:
- Old Navy has an affordable selection of shorts for the whole family. They come in different lengths and prints. If shorts aren’t your thing, check out the cropped pants that are a great alternative for the summer. You’ll earn Cash Back on your purchases at Old Navy when you shop with ShopAtHome.com as well as other great deals. The store is also having a short sale with shorts starting at $15, just in time for summer.
- Once you find a fit you love, buy in multiples. We favor the rule of three. First, a neutral pair (like a black, gray, khaki or army green) that can be mixed and matched with just about any of the tops in your closet. Second, a fun color of your choice — like a sky blue, pastel pink or, if your bold in your fashion choices, a bright orange or neon pink. These brights can be paired with neutral T-shirts, tanks or even a classic white button-up for a fun weekend look. Third, pick a pattern that can be worn with a solid colored blouse.
- If you have trouble finding a fit, give elastic-waisted shorts a try. They are majorly trending for summer 2014 and are made from soft fabrics like rayon or silk blends and sit right on the waist. They flare out like a skirt and are the most feminine in the shorts family. (Get the look with Drapey Shorts from Old Navy, $26.94 that come in teal, blue or black).
- To balance out short shorts, we love pairing the look with a loose, flowy bohemian top or a structured, long-sleeved shirt. Pairing a longer-sleeved shirt will help you give off a “I dressed up” vibe, while still staying comfy in your shorts.
Find your best fit:
- Who wears short shorts? High cut shorts (think 3 1/2 inch inseam) show off the most leg. They can help create the illusion of curves and add height — if that’s what you’re looking for. Our pick: Women’s ‘The Boyfriend” Cuffed Denim Shorts in the lumiere blue from Old Navy. (Pictured)
- Mid-length shorts tend to be the most universally flattering on all figures. They hit mid-thigh allowing you to show off your toned legs, but offer more coverage. These Twill Shorts from Old Navy have a 5 inch inseam and come in classic colors like “oatmeal,” black, white and gray as well as some preppy pinks and blues, as well as a cantaloupe color.
- Bermuda shorts hit just above the knee and look great on curves. For an extra-flattering fit, look for shorts that have a spandex blend. We’ve got the Women’s Cuffed Boyfriend Bermudas from Old Navy on our wish list in fun colors like a punchy pink or gemstone green.
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