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Summer Shorts For Every Body Type

Find The Best Summer Shorts! 

I used to see shorts in the store and run in the opposite direction screaming, “where are the skirts!?”  I have always felt more comfortable in skirts because shorts made my long legs look chicken-like.  But with all the new short styles, I’m no longer afraid.  From Bermudas to pleated short shorts, I’m happy once again and can feel a certain amount of comfort in them.  We’ve found the perfect shorts for every body type.  So find your perfect pair, and get shopping!

Summer shorts, shorts for every size, shorts for every body type

1. Boy Shape

Joie “Jammin” Camouflage shorts, Nordstrom $145
Do you have a boyish shape and need to add some curves?  The easiest way to add curves is with patch pockets and a low waist. These Joie camo shorts have patch pockets on the front and flap buttoned pockets on the back, adding volume and curves to all the right places!

2. Petites

Necessary Objects Pleat Shorts, Nordstrom $40.00
If you’re petite, make sure you keep your shorts above the knee.  This will elongate the legs making you seem taller.  A wide waistband is also a good idea to lengthen the torso, again giving you a taller look.  Pleats also add a little volume to give you some curves!

3. Plus size

Herringbone City Short, Lane Bryant $34.50
If you’re plus size and want to reduce your curves, make sure you find a short that goes just below the knees.  Also pick a mid or high rise short to cover the tummy and leave your midsection looking flat as a board!  These shorts are easy to dress up with a nice blouse and pair of wedges, perfect for a night out!

4. Basic Short For All

Lucky Brand Key Largo Bermuda Short, Macys $47.99
This basic long short with a straight shape is perfect for any size or body type!  Wear it with flip flops for a casual look, or throw on a pair of round-toe pumps for a night out on the town!

5. Covers The Hips

Women's Flat Front Shorts, Lands End $28.00 (4 colors)
If you’re looking to cover the hips and butt, try these shorts from Lands End.  They are cut roomier with slanted pockets in front and slit pockets in back to avoid any unnecessary fabric in the places you least need it.

6. Cover The Tummy

Eddie Bauer Mercer Striped Poplin Short, Eddie Bauer $34.99
These shorts sit at the waist to cover up your tummy, and not only will it cover you, but the waistband will also tighten and slim your midsection.  Vertical stripes will lengthen and elongate, making you seem tall and thin.  Just remember, no pleats - they add volume to the tummy area!

Find more:

Pleated shorts

Bermuda shorts

Striped shorts

Running shorts

Jean shorts

Plus size shorts

Petite shorts

Maternity shorts

Article Written By:  Amy Jarvis; Amy is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and has recently crossed over from designing into the online world, writing and designing pages for Divavillage.com.

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