How to look good in shorts + the best shorts for your shape

Q. I really love some of this season’s trendy shorts looks, but I’m not sure which styles look best on me. I’m pretty average in height and weight but my thighs are not as toned as I’d like them to be, so I’m a bit insecure. Can you recommend the right shorts for me?

A. There are so many shorts styles out there this season, there’s bound to be a style that works for you. If you are insecure about your thighs, we always recommend choosing a pair of shorts that hits just below the widest (and flabbiest) part of your upper thigh in order to make legs look their slimmest. Here are some basic guideline about which shorts look best for various body types:

Short/Petite Legs
Short shorts look best on short legs. Look for inseams that are about 5 inches or less. Add a pair of heels to further lengthen your legs.

Plus Size/Curvy Shapes
Long, slim Bermuda shorts that hit just above or in the middle of your knee are the most flattering. Avoid pleats, cargo pockets or anything boxy or oversized as these will make you look heavier.

Slim and Straight Shape
You have many options available to you, including short pleated styles, slouchy shorts, cargos, and rolled or cuffed shorts.

Pear Shape/Full Thighs
Look for straight-cut, not tapered, shorts that hit at the knee to lengthen and slim the thighs. A printed top or romantic blouse with ruffles will help balance your shape.

Look for clean, flat front shorts to help conceal a tummy. Avoid belts or sashes which will draw attention to your middle.

Soft, pleated shorts add curves for straight and slim figures. Can also help camouflage full thighs on an otherwise slim figure.

Cuffed denim shorts look great on slim or tall figures. A short inseam also works well for petite shapes.

Long lean shorts are ideal for concealing full thighs. They’re also a great silhouette for plus size women.

These shorts hit just below the fullest part of the thigh, offering a flattering look for a variety of figures. Soft cuffs with a wide leg opening can help visually slim legs.

Once you’ve chosen the most flattering shorts for your figure, there are a few things you can do to look your best:

1. Wear heels or wedges. Choose a nude color and avoid ankle straps and you’ll have longer, slimmer legs instantly.

2. Get a faux tan. Sunless tanners are your legs’ best friend. Even a hint of a (faux) tan is enough to make thighs look slimmer. Be sure to shave and moisturize also, so legs are smooth and sleek.

3. Divert attention. Choose billowy tops and oversized accessories, like a statement necklace or large handbag, to make the rest of you look small in comparison.

4. Walk tall. Good posture and confidence will always help you look your best.

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