The Best Denim Shorts For Every Body Type

Spring is here, which means your wardrobe needs to transition from the cold winter to a season of sunshine and bare legs. But if shorts shopping is your worst nightmare, you’re not alone!

By Alyssa Vandermeulen2 min read
Best Denim Shorts

If you struggle to find jeans that fit well and feel comfortable, you might struggle with some of the same issues when trying on endless pairs of denim shorts. There are tons of styles available, as well as a range of washes, but sifting through a store’s collection can feel overwhelming. Well, we’ve compiled a list of the best denim shorts for every body type to take the stress out of spring shopping! Yay! 

That being said, here is a guide for buying the jeans for body type, as well! 

For the most feminine and classy looks, regardless of what style you prefer, avoid tiny shorts that don’t fully cover your booty. You want something that is easy to style in a classic, easygoing way, without constantly tugging down the fabric. 

Use this guide for your in-store and online shopping for flattering denim shorts for your body type!

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Pear Shape

If you’re a pear-shaped woman, you should avoid high-waist styles. A looser, boyfriend-style short is the most flattering on your body type because they sit right on your waist and then loosen down the thigh. Boyfriend shorts are easy to style and look oh-so-cute with basic tops and flowy blouses!

Everlane The Relaxed '90s Short, $68

Citizens of Humanity Marlow Vintage Fit Shorts, $158


If you have a smaller build, avoid low-rise or baggy styles, just like you would with jeans. Well-fitted shorts will be the most flattering, so look for high-rise shorts that highlight the shape of your waist. These are easy to find in a variety of washes, so yay for you!

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise 90s Cutoff Short, $60

Reformation Charlene High Rise Jean Shorts, $98

Agolde Parker High Rise Denim Shorts, $148


If you have a straight body type, a longer short is the best way to create the appearance of curves. Bermuda shorts are going to be super popular this season with influencers, especially the cool L.A. girl. 

Everlane The Way-High Jean Short, $68

Princess Polly The Swalla Shorts Light Blue, $44

You can also try a variety of curvy denim shorts. This style of denim will minimize gaping and extra, unnecessary fabric around your waist!

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love High Rise 4 Inch Mom Short, $60


Hello, high-waisted denim! Your natural curves are begging for the fit of high-waisted denim all spring and summer. A slightly longer fit is another way to accentuate your curvy figure in a flattering and comfortable way. A dad short is the perfect style for you!

Agolde Parker Long Jean Shorts, $148

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Dad Short, $65

Everlane The A-Line Denim Short, $68


You will probably have the easiest time finding a pair of flattering denim shorts (lucky you!). Mom shorts are a super cute and easy-to-style option in a variety of washes. These shorts will flatter your smaller waist, but flare out to flatter the rest of your leg. 

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise 90s Cutoff Short, $60

Levi's 80's Mom Shorts, $80

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Mom Short, $60

Closing Thoughts

Shopping for shorts doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Once you’ve picked out a style that flatters your body type, your spring and summer style is as easy as can be! 

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