statement shorts

printed, from left: piamita bettie chain print shorts, mara hoffman high waisted shorts, bcbg maxazria kyle shorts, tibi gemma print shorts (more sizes here), mara hoffman mexican blanket shorts (more sizes here sequin, from left: bb dakota alba shorts (I just bought these and they’re awesome, but I recommend going down a size – mine were huge!), french connection mimosa mist sequin shorts, diane von furstenberg charlotte sequin shorts, french connection fast mini sequin shorts, lipsy sequin shorts

So… shorts.  Yes, I’ve hated on them before, not because I’m necessarily opposed to the idea of pants that stop mid-thigh, but because for so long it has seemed like the shorts on the market only flatter svelte size 0s with thighs that have never come into contact with each other.  Maybe I’ve just been shopping at the wrong stores.  But I’m starting to have a thing for statement shorts, from simple colorblocking to all-out crazy tribal prints.  And now I’ve added sequins to the collection (see above picture, far left).

When shopping for shorts, the right fit is obviously essential.  I’ve found that the most flattering pairs are cut with a higher waist (not necessarily belly-button height, but up above the hip bones helps to visually lengthen the legs) and a good flare to the leg so they don’t fit tight on the thighs.  I tend to size up in shorts to ensure enough room in the legs and butt – I can always get the waist taken in for the perfect fit.  (I tried to show options that follow these general guidelines.) Not convinced yet?  More than half of the shorts featured here are on sale.

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