Shorts? Yes We Can!
Baby, it’s hot outside. While the summer months never used to bother me, they do now. My body has changed drastically since having children and honestly, I love the changes; except when summer comes and there’s the possibility of shorts.
I like my legs. I happen to think they’re my best feature, but I am still selective about what shorts I wear. I’m not anti-shorts — I even like denim shorts. But when I was shopping for a client who wanted a pair, I couldn’t help but notice that shorts were — ahem — coming up short. Like really, really short.
It got me thinking…how many of my clients detest shorts! For an item of clothing that is supposed to exude cool, casual ease, shorts have become the clothing nemesis of women worldwide. They can be ill-fitting, ride up thighs, and show body parts that you’d rather not show.
While I pulled some cute summer dresses and skirts to give her other warm-weather options, she expressed that she always wears a skirt or dress. Sometimes you just want to wear shorts! We did find her a few pairs that she liked and purchased, but I went home to do some more research because as a stylist, it is my job to find my clients what they want. And find some wearable, comfortable and flattering shorts I did.
If you are thinking of taking the shorts plunge and not sure about length, mid-length is the best place to start. This style is middle ground and is universally flattering because they do not ride up and offer full coverage. Choose a versatile pair like a mid-rise with a rolled hem. This allows for some customization on where the shorts hit on your thighs. If you are plus-sized or curvier below the waist, keep the cuff longer which will in turn lengthen your legline. If you are petite, roll the hem just a little above the widest part of your leg which will help lengthen your leg line.
But what if you want something other than denim? Look no further 🙂
While mid-length is the most universally flattering, if you’re 5’3 and under, dare to wear shorter shorts! Showing a bit more skin gives the illusion of longer legs. For comfort and balance opt that are looser around the thighs.
When you choose a pair that has a low contrasting color like a neutral tone, it will trick the eye and make your legs appear longer.
Another good option for petites to lengthen those legs is a pair that is short and high waisted. You can do prints, you don’t always have to go neutral, but select a minute print; larger prints tend to get overwhelm a petite frame.
For even extra added height, pair your shorts with high heels.
For Plus Size:
I’ll say it again: lengthen, lengthen, lengthen! Stick with mid-length to longer hemlines. Bermuda shorts are a great option and right above the knee will balance your proportions. Any longer and they will shorten your leg line. My plus-size clients have stated they’re afraid of showing “lumps and bumps”so choose a sturdier fabric like denim, stretch twill, or tweed.
For more styling tips and expert advice, contact me at Marisa@dcstylefactory.com.