As the mother of soon-to-be three, I have had my doubts about whether or not my legs should ever see another pair of shorts again. Since my body shape over the years has fluctuated as dramatically as the temperature this spring, the right shorts have always been a major concern. (Sadly, through just about every size on the women’s size chart, I’ve remained short!)
But what if you’re tall and slender? What if you’re curvy? What if you’re short like me?
Here are some tips and tricks on how to make the most of this summer staple:
Curvy Girls. If you’re pear-shaped and want to play up your smaller parts while down-playing hips and derrieres, choose high waisted options. Shorts that sit right under your tiny rib cage are best – especially when they are worn in dark colors. Play up your upper half by pairing them with a light-colored print top.
Long & Lean Girls. Bermuda shorts will exaggerate your proportions and doubly so, if you wear them with heels. Tall girls won’t have to worry about bermudas hitting their mid-thigh for an age-appropriate length either. Find them in solids or prints and pair them with, well, EVERYTHING!
Girls with Tummies. Wear low or mid-rise shorts in prints that will draw the eye below the waistline. But make sure to pair them with solid colored tees so as not to draw attention to your midsection. Also, make sure shorts have flat fronts as pleats just add more volume around the middle.
Short girls. The shorter, the better. You may feel that as you get older, your hemlines should get longer. As a short girl nearing her fourth decade, I can tell you that a 3.5″ inseam is far more flattering on me than a 5″ inseam. Yes, more leg shows. But the shorter shorts are far more proportionate for my frame and don’t cut my legs off in the wrong place…and they still cover my behind!
Girls with “Boy” Bodies. Nicely put, your waist, hips and thighs are all about the same size. To create curves in the all the right places, choose streamlined cuts with pleats. They add a little volume around your midsection without overwhelming your frame. Both prints and solids will do nicely.
Regardless of what shape you are and what style you choose, the most important aspect of short wearing is the right size.
Don’t pay attention to the number on the tag, but on the fit. Nothing is more unflattering than clothes that are too small… or big, for that matter!
Amy Grace is married with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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