How to Style Shorts for Your Shape

Shorts are the hero of your summer wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, and are go-to summer saviors—an easy staple for endless outfit combos. But, let’s be real, not all shorts are created equal. Get the 411 on which shorts best flatter your figure and fit your style.

Printed Shorts

Your shorts can walk the walk, but can they talk the talk? Try a pair in a fun conversation-starting pattern to find out. Printed shorts are a great way to liven up any look. We recommend this fit for our petite gals—prints are always going to draw attention, so let them.

Stylist Tip: Try mixing patterns with a similar color palette for a style that screams summer fun.

Linen Shorts

Give your legs some room to breathe with a pair of linen shorts. An A-line tie waist, like this pair, is great for an athletic or apple shape. Try pairing these easy-breezy shorts with a contrasting pop of color—the brights and neutrals will make your legs appear longer.

Cut-Off Shorts

Move aside, Daisy Duke! Cut-offs are pretty universal at this point. Wear them short to show off your legs if they’re your main feature, or wear them longer, just above your knee. Cut-offs are a fabulous and casual staple to wear throughout the summer, no matter your shape.

Chino Shorts

The most structured style in the shorts family, chinos are great for athletic and petite figures. A more rigid fabric creates the appearance of a structured silhouette, so balance out your look with a flowy top and some easy-to-wear slides.

Stylist Tip: Chinos are usually the most acceptable type of short to wear in a professional environment. If your office allows shorts during the summer, try a pair that hits mid-thigh or just above the knee.

Bermuda Shorts

For thicker thighs, try a minimal pattern and a slightly longer length—like the bermuda. Bermudas are perfect for our pear-shaped & hourglass-shaped gals. Try this style with a blouse that skims the waistline of your shorts to show off your waist—one with a tie front is a flattering way to show off that coveted hourglass shape.

Cargo Shorts

Yes, cargo shorts. You can rock them—hear us out. They are great for any body type, and especially helpful for those of us who have thicker thighs (goodbye, chub rub). The mid rise and thick waistband help to create a streamlined silhouette and a very practical look.

Stylist Tip: Add a few feminine elements to your look, like a chic peasant blouse, and play with textures with your accessories.

Not sure about shorts but still want to try some cargo? Try incorporating cargo into your look in different ways like with a dress or a blouse.

No matter your style or fit, always remember that you can rock anything you want. The key to pulling off any look is your attitude, so if you like it? Wear it! Don’t sell yourself short (pun very much intended).

Life is short, so let our style experts lend a hand in finding a pair of trendy shorts that are right for you. Take your style quiz, order a Fix and let your stylist know you’re looking for a cool pair of shorts. Try on your five curated pieces at home, keep what you like and return the rest. Shipping and returns are always free.

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