Summertime is in full swing, and it is not joking around. Shorts are a must if you wish to remain sane. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the right ones for your shape so you can play up your best assets:
If you carry your weight in your midsection: Shorts with high waists can disguise a lower belly pooch and call attention to your smaller waist. Add in a couple of pleats and make it all disappear. Wide waistbands can also help give the illusion of a flatter stomach.
If you want more curves: Patterns can give the illusion of wider hips, and so can low-rise styles. Big built-in belts, especially bows tied around the paperbag waistbands, can also give you that hourglass shape. Don’t forget about details like scalloped edges, which can give the illusion of curves.
If you’re pear-shaped: Textures are perfect as long as they don’t come with bulk. Think of lightweight seersucker shorts for a winner. A-line styles (including skorts) are feminine and will show off legs and a small waist while disguising the hips and butt. Pleats work in the same way to disguise the areas pear shapes like to downplay. Paperbag waists and high waists can play up that sexy little middle.
If you’re shaped like an hourglass: High waists (retro style!), paperbag waists, patternsâ€”there’s not much you can’t wear. To maintain the perfect balance between your upper and lower body, try not to choose shorts with waistbands that cut across the widest part of your hips; this can bring the eye straight across the body there and make that area seem wider.
If you have an athletic body: Low-rise shorts are going to show off those abs you worked so hard for, and any length will allow you to show off your sculpted quads and hamstrings.
If you’re tall: Use the guidelines above to shop for your shape, but keep in mind that you can pull off Bermudas and patterns without being overwhelmed because you have those long, sexy legs.
If you’re petite: Shorter inseams let you show off more leg and give the illusion of more height. High waists will let you fake longer legs, and bright pops of color will look great on your petite frame. If you like cutoffs, rock them!
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