Best Shorts for Your Body

Chose the style that is right for you!

SHORT SHORTS are best if you have short legs or s boyish figure, as it makes legs look longer. Avoid really short shorts if you have full thighs or are really curvy, you can easily show more skin than you intended and it can over-emphesize fullness.

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MID-LENGTH SHORTS are best for any body type. Aim for 5 to 7-inch lengths or People Style Watch recommends to just get the length that is within an inch or two of your hands when they are at your sides (Remember that length rule for skirts as a kid? Or did I only have that?)

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BERMUDA SHORTS look fabulous on pear shapes or those who have longer legs. The knee-length offers more coverage and is so flattering on long legs. Avoid if you have really short legs, since they may just look like short capris ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Everyone can look amazing in shorts when they wear the right kind for them!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. I would say that I go for mid-length, except that I am petite. So a three inch inseam hits my fingertips when standing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yep, I had that rule too! And I tend to still abide by it just because that is as short as I am comfortable going. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love that yellow and white look with the turquoise flats! So cute!

    • Thanks! I love those flats too – I tend to shy away from short shorts too – mid-length seem to look best for me.

  2. Lee Ann says:

    Oh, how I wish I could wear shorts since I am 5’2″, but my age (and older legs) doesn’t allow it anymore. I have to go with something that goes to at least my knee. I love all of the outfits you have, especially the green floral shirt. My daughters still have that rule at school and will do the fingertip test when trying on shorts and dresses for school.

  3. OK I don’t wear shorts, but I love every single top and shoes. How do you do that? Are you watching me?

  4. Love short shorts with long sleeves, or long shorts with a cute tank top. I like playing up opposites. Loving all the different tops.

  5. Love these looks! And I tried on that first pair of shoes just the other day. They are super cute!