how to shop for shorts
as seen on The View, June 26, 2006



Description: 12” inseam. Slim cuffed trouser style shorts with menswear plaid print found at TJ MAXX ($15) paired with fitted eyelet jacket and lace shirt and heels.

  • These slim cut trouser style shorts hit at the knee, a style that flatters most women.

  • Be sure to look for slim, straight styles with no pleats to make thighs and tummy look slimmer. The cuff adds a great style touch.

  • Wear with heels to elongate legs.

  • Pair with a jacket or button down and this is a great alternative to a suit or skirt.

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Description: 10” inseam. White chino Bermuda shorts from LANDS’ END ($32) paired with striped button down and tank top and flats.

  • These Bermudas have a fuller, more roomy cut which is a great option for women with larger hips, thighs or butt.

  • Shorts that hit above the knee show off a slimmer calf area.

  • Stay away from any pleats with this style short – flat front is the most flattering style.

  • Minimal back pockets and flat angled side pockets keep it close to the body and won’t add extra bulk.

  • These shorts work well with any heel height from flats to wedge espadrilles.

  • Pair it with an open shirt as shown here or a casual jacket to help balance out a pear shape.

  • These shorts are too short and casual to wear to the office.

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Look 3: Cargo Shorts - BOY SHAPE / Add Curves

Description: camouflage ($145) or denim ($155) rolled cargo shorts from JOIE

  • Cargo shorts or shorts with pockets along the thigh are the perfect style for adding curves

  • Paired with a babydoll top, she looks extra curvy

  • Camouflage print also helps

  • Avoid this look if you're heavy in the thighs

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Look 4: Over The Knee LONG Shorts – PLUS SIZE & TALL

Description: 15” inseam. Black long shorts from LANE BRYANT ($39.50) paired with cropped black jacket and gold heels or wedges.

  • Long shorts that cover the knee are one of the most wearable styles for most women.

  • Great for concealing heavier thighs and less attractive knees.

  • Look for slim cut styles to create a lean look.

  • The thick waistband of these shorts help to conceal tummy bulge and the thicker fabric with a bit of stretch is extra flattering.

  • Women with shorter legs should avoid this length, but it’s great for tall women and long legs.

  • We paired the shorts with a feminine cropped jacket layered over a longer tank – a great proportion to consider this season -- to create a look that is perfect for date night. Pair the shorts with a button down or fitted jacket for a great suit alternative.

  • Be sure to pair these long shorts with a heel or wedge to make legs look longer.

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Description: 7” inseam. Striped mid-thigh walking shorts from LIZ CLAIBORNE ($36) paired with a white eyelet tunic, white espadrilles

  • Mid-thigh walking shorts are a classic casual style.

  • These are relaxed without being baggy – and again, flat front (not pleated)

  • Slash pockets keep it slim through the hips

  • A higher waist is great for women who want to conceal their tummy.

  • Vertical stripes add another slimming element

  • Stretch makes these super comfortable and flattering

  • A tunic length top worn with shorter shorts is this season’s freshest silhouette – and a great way to further conceal any tummy issues while showing off a great-looking leg.

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Description: 3” inseam. BANANA REPUBLIC ($68) Linen/cotton cuffed short paired with a long blousey top and espadrilles.  

  • These short shorts are super sexy with only a 3” inseam.

  • A wide waistband and cuffs create a trim, slim waistline and highlights your legs. Definitely a look reserved for slim women with toned thighs.

  • Rashida is wearing these with espadrilles from Banana Republic with no ankle straps which gives her added height and make her legs look super long. A great choice for women with shorter legs.

  • Pair these with a blousey top for one of the hottest looks of the season. Long over short is this season’s freshest proportion.

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Alison Deyette's shorts were from Trina Turk, for more info visit 







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