Well, it's summer, which means it's time to look as good as possible in the least amount of fabric possible! For lots of us, that means shorts. Here are a few tips to help you find your best pair ever.
1) Most people need to go up a size from jeans/pants for their shorts. It's not you, it's the shorts. Don't feel bad, just buy shorts that fit. This is one time you definitely want to err on the side of a little big, rather than a little small.
2) Longer isn't necessarily better. When you shop for shorts, take a variety of lengths and an objective friend (or stylist) with you to see what length really looks best on you. One trick I do with clients is bring a pair of longer shorts into the fitting room and roll up one side until we find the "sweet spot". Its easy to compare lengths that way. Shorter legs (even on taller people) can look even shorter in long shorts. Also, longer shorts have a tendency to age you. While you don't want to look like a teenager, I'm guessing you don't want to look like a senior citizen either.
3) Most shorts are now cut for people with straighter lower halves. If you traditionally get the gap in the back when you buy bottoms, look for shorts that are cut for your curvy figure. Both Ann Taylor and Loft have selections online in regular and petite. Eddie Bauer is a great resource for curvy shorts and you can find lots of options in stores.
4) Pick the right shoes. If you have thick calves or ankles, avoid ankle straps, dark colors, or shoes with high vamps. Look for light colored shoes to make your leg look longer, and never forget the lengthening and shaping powers of a little heel!
5) Forget shorts all together. I work with a lot of clients who tell me they don't like shorts, but they're willing to try. I applaud and appreciate their open-mindedness, but after a few styles and lengths what we usually learn is this: They don't like shorts. And that's perfectly fine. Skorts are one of my favorite casual alternatives, like this one from Athleta.
Do you have a question about finding (or styling shorts? Leave it here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org