summer staple to beat the heat while looking oh so chic is a flattering
pair of shorts.
Not only for the super young, or super skinny – there’s a pair of flattering shorts to suit every age, body type and occasion.
most universally flattering length is a city short, slightly longer
than the average short, hitting just above, at or just below the knee.
This length can be worn for virtually every occasion and by slightly
altering he width of the leg, works well on every figure from a size 0
to a size 20.
Choosing the best fit
choosing a pair of shorts, it’s important to fit the widest part of
your lower body first. Once you find a cut that fits your hips and
derriere comfortably, look for a slim fitting, tailored leg that neither
gets narrower or wider as it gets longer.
you are average height or on the shorter side, choose a short that hits
you at or just above the knee. Showing the knee, even if it’s just a
little of it, visually lengthens your legs and prevents your shorts from
shortening your frame and making you appear stumpy.
you are on the taller side, wearing a longer cut that hits just below
the knee and covers it is most flattering. With your long legs, this
prevents the shorts from looking awkwardly too short given the length of
those of you who like it short, shorter lengths that hit well above the
knee do lengthen the leg and are great for summer. Wear a length that
you are comfortable with and that is long enough to provide full
coverage and cover any upper thigh problem areas.
Petite - Pleats,
ruffles, bows large cuffs all add volume, which works for your smaller
frame. You can get away with the longer city short, but you look best in
shorter above-the-knee lengths.
Longer length city shorts are to die for with your long legs. If you
really want to make their jaws drop, and you’re comfortable showing more
skin opt for a shorter length that shows off your longer legs.
– A mid to high waisted silhouette is flattering, with straight legs.
Dark colors work well if you are bottom heavy. Remember to steer clear
of bulky extras like large pockets and cuffs.
Short Summer Suit
love this look. A short pant suit can be just as tailored and put
together as a skirt suit, with a fresh twist. Short pant suits have been
creeping up on runways for years, so if you’ve been thinking about
incorporating this look into your wardrobe, this summer’s the perfect
time to do so.
your office culture permits, short pant suits are a great summer
alternative to long suits. Because of the perceived casual nature of the
shorts, keep the color palette neutral and professional. A
great navy suit is always a safe, professional color. Play up a navy
suit with a classic red and white vertical striped collared shirt to
bring in the nautical trend that is also really big this season.
chic pair of shorts are a fresh twist on eveningwear. They won’t work
for a formal occasion, but they’re great for a night out on the town or a
less formal cocktail party. Skip the miniskirt on your next night out
and pull out a pair of raw silk, satin or silk blend shorts. A little
sheen goes a long way in making your shorts evening ready. Leather
shorts are also hot this season. Pair with an embellished tank and if
the weather permits, a slim fitting tuxedo blazer for a look that’s fun,
trendy and sophisticated.
hide your legs under long, sweltering pants all summer long. Show a
little leg and step outside the box in a great pair of city shorts or
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