Summer Shorts for Every Shape
by Shannon Kelly
Every woman deserves a practical, yet flattering pair of shorts. Not convinced shorts are for you? Take a fresh approach to summer shorts. “Shorts don’t have to be crazy short or tight,” says Julia Rubin, online fashion editor at “Teen Vogue.” Julia recommends looser fits and longer inseams. And no matter your shape, we’ve found the perfect shorts for everyone so you can be sure to look haute when the temperatures rise.
With a straighter silhouette, Julia says patterns create the illusion of a feminine shape. “I’m partial to asymmetric tie-dye or a splatter print, through floral denim is great, too,” she says. We love these floral denim shorts in ivory by Vintage Havana. Pair them with a pastel sweater and wedges for a flirty and feminine ensemble.
If you have long legs (lucky you!), accentuate your assets with a flattering pair of Bermuda shorts. We’re seeing Bermuda shorts pop up everywhere this season. Try a pair that looks professional and chic with brightly colored tops and simple gladiator sandals or pumps.
If you’re self-conscious about your tummy, opt for high-waisted shorts. “Not only do they smooth out your torso, but high-waisted shorts are also super on-trend this summer,” says Julia.
If you’re pear shaped or have wider hips, Julia suggests wearing less-structured shorts in soft fabrics like cotton, lace, or silk. “These shorts tend to fall more like a skirt and are really flattering on all body types,” she says. We love the slimming effect of these printed cotton shorts by Étoile Isabel Marant.
Petite gals should try high-waisted shorts that give the illusion of longer legs. Remember, these shorts don’t have to be too short or crazy tight, either. For a boho chic look, try these romantic lace shorts by Free People styled with ankle booties and a tucked-in tee.
Tip: Consider that the shorts you wear to the beach are probably not appropriate for work. “A good trick is to ask yourself if you would wear a skirt as short as your shorts to the office,” Julia says. “If the answer is no, you’ll want to reassess the length.”
If you have an hourglass shape, shop for shorts with contoured waistbands and tuck-in your blouse to accentuate the smallest part of your body. Top off the look with a pair of gladiator sandals for a look that’s easy breezy.
Still not convinced shorts are for you? That’s okay! Always wear what you’re most comfortable in so your confidence shines through. Julia says skirts and dresses (and sometimes pants!) are highly encouraged for summer. We love this budget-friendly stretch-cotton skater skirt from Express.