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Struggling To Find Flattering Shorts? These Are The Best Shorts For Each Body Type

By Nicole Andre··  7 min read
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Summertime is upon us and that means we get to embrace our favorite casual clothing item: shorts! Finding the perfect pair of shorts is no small feat and we're here to help you with our complete guide to this summer staple.

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Shorts are a summertime must-have for any stylish woman. After all, the thought of full-length pants just isn’t bearable on a scorching hot day. But shorts can also be a source of insecurity for some women because they show off so much leg. Finding shorts that work well with your body type could be the key to feeling more comfortable this summer. So we have a list of shorts to suit everyone’s body type and fit every budget.

Pear Shape

Ladies with a pear shaped silhouette will look best in a boyfriend short. These will be flattering because the wider fit can help to elongate your legs and even out your proportions, as well as lessen any of the discomfort that can come with having tight shorts if you have larger upper thighs.

Abercrombie & Fitch 90s Low Rise Baggy Shorts

H&M ‘90s Boyfriend Low Denim Shorts

These jeans look as though they could be Levi’s cutoffs, and for a fraction of the cost. If you aren’t sure about boyfriend shorts, these are a great affordable option to test the waters before potentially upgrading to another pair later.

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American Eagle AE Denim ‘90s Boyfriend Short

American Eagle AE Stretch Denim ‘90s Boyfriend Short

These shorts are perfect for getting the ‘90s look. After all, who doesn’t want their shorts to look like what Jennifer Anniston would have been wearing back in the ‘90s?

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Agolde Parker Long Short

Agolde Parker Long Short

Agolde is the brand all fashion girls are lusting after these days and it's hard to go wrong with any fit in their collection. We love this pair in particular for a pear shape because of the looser boyfriend fit and the high waist. 

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Plus Size

Plus sized clothing can be notoriously difficult. You want to find things that will flatter your shape, fit well, and still look stylish. When it comes to shorts, vertical lines are going to be your best friend because they create an optical illusion that will be slimming.

Forever 21 Plus Size Linen-Blend Striped Shorts

Forever 21 Plus Size Linen-Blend Striped Shorts

These shorts are not only affordable, but they're also super cute. We love the lightweight linen fabric and classic blue and white color combination. Coastal Grandma anyone?

Buy Now - $23

Pink Lily A Matter of Time Striped Shorts

Pink Lily A Matter of Time Striped Shorts in Navy

How cute would these shorts be dressed up this summer with a blouse and your favorite wedges? They’re fully lined so you don’t have to worry about anything showing that you don’t want.

Buy Now - $40

American Eagle AE Denim Mom Shorts

AE Shorts Striped

These shorts are playful for a more casual summer look, and trust us, they’ll also be super flattering. Pair them with a feminine white blouse for an effortlessly stylish outfit.

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Petite

Dressing a petite frame in shorts and trying to make your legs look longer can be hard because they tend to cut your body in sections as opposed to wearing pants that follow your natural leg line. You want to avoid anything too baggy that swallows your frame, which is why fitted, cuffed shorts are a great choice. 

PacSun Eco Light Mom Shorts

PacSun Eco Light Mom Shorts

These shorts are made from recycled cotton and are designed with a high waist that is very flattering on petite body types.

Buy Now - $40

Superdown Kathleen Denim Short

Superdown Denim Shorts

This is another brand that all the fashion girls are wearing this season. Superdown is known to carry denim that is excellent quality at a reasonable price.

Buy Now - $62

Reformation Charlie Cuffed High-Rise Jean Shorts

Reformation Charlie Cuffed High-Rise Jean Shorts

Reformation is a brand you can feel great about supporting because they make almost all of their products in the United States and are very focused on sustainability. These shorts will pair seamlessly with nearly every blouse in your wardrobe.

Buy Now - $78

Rectangle 

If you feel like you’re lacking in the curves department, one of my recommendations is actually a Bermuda shorts style to show off your more naturally athletic looking shape.

H&M Bermuda Shorts

H&M Bermuda Shorts in White

These are totally shorts you will see all the Instagram cool girls wearing (especially in London and NYC). They will fall perfectly on a more rectangular body shape and are sure to get you lots of compliments.

Buy Now - $25

Good American Good Icon Short

Good American Good Icon Short in White

And for our denim gals, these Bermudas from Good American are a great choice because they have almost an A-line cut at the bottom that can help you create the illusion of curves. 

Buy Now - $99

Citizens of Humanity Frayed Hem Bermuda Short

Revolve Bermuda Short

For tighter, yet still trendy shorts, go for denim over linen. We love the light-wash hue for summertime because it will pair with basically any color. Dress this pair up with thong sandals and a silky blouse for an unexpected date night look!

Buy Now - $158

Apple

High-waisted shorts are going to be your best friend if you have an apple shaped figure. And it’s even better if the shorts have distressing or details that will draw the eye downward to enhance your natural curves.

PacSun Eco Dark Blue Distressed Girlfriend Denim Shorts

PacSun Eco Dark Blue Distresed Girlfriend Denim Shorts

We’re obsessed with these distressed shorts from PacSun. Not only is the high-waist flattering, but the fit is the perfect balance of relaxed and fitted. 

Buy Now - $47

Indah Lilly High Waist Short

High-Waisted Revolve shorts

These high-waisted shorts are great for getting that popular office-to-happy hour look. They’ll show off your legs and elevate any outfit to CEO-level chic.

Buy Now - $106

Show Me Your Mumu Southside Shorts

Show me your mumu shorts

Ready for a feminine twist on your basic denim shorts? This pair is so cute and is sure to make any tee look polished. Prepare for lots of compliments whenever you wear these!

Buy Now - $124

Hourglass

Hourglass is the ideal body shape that many of us find ourselves trying to emulate, so you’ll have a pretty easy time finding shorts that flatter your body type. But for an especially flattering choice, try out paper bag shorts because the waist detail on these will draw attention to your hourglass figure.

Lulus Pleat Yourself White Paperbag Shorts

Lulus Paper Bag Shorts

These shorts have to be the easiest to style on the list because of how beautiful they are all on their own! All you need is a simple bodysuit or tee tucked in to show off your gorgeous figure.

Buy Now - $49

BB Dakota Seaside Cinch Short

BB Dakota Paperbag Shorts

If you need to add a little variety in your wardrobe and are all set on classic denim and white, a tan pair is a must! You'll find that this silhouette and color will never go out of style.

Buy Now - $59

G-Star Raw Rovic High-Waist Paper Bag Shorts

G-Star Raw Rovic High-Waist Paper Bag Shorts

For a different take on the paper bag shorts design, try out these. The belt detail makes these more of a statement short that will really stand out and draw attention to your waist. 

Buy Now - $130

Closing Thoughts

Shorts can be tricky to shop for, so use our list to find the pair that will have you feeling confident this summer and more concerned with all the fun you’re having, rather than what your body looks like in your shorts.

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