Best Shorts for your Shape

If you’re pear-shaped…

Go for a Bermuda-inspired style that skims over hips. “I’m a former figure skater, and finding shorts that flatter my muscular thighs is a challenge,” says Lauren Patricia, 29. Straight-leg cuts work for her shape. Look for unpleated styles and pockets that don’t pooch.

Merona for Target (sizes 2-18, $18,

Bermuda-inspired style

If you’ve got long legs…

Go for cute details (lace, drawstrings and bright florals) to soften a lanky frame; show off your assets! Five-foot-ten Meg Smith, 25, loved her pair: “The high-rise cut gave me an hourglass shape because it hit right at the waist—perfect for us string beans!” she says.

H&M (sizes 2-12, $25, for stores)

long legs

If you’re plus-sized…

Go for simple, solid-color cuts in unflimsy fabrics. Sabina Karlsson, 22, a size 14, knows other curvy girls who avoid shorts, but this makeover proves you don’t have denim shorts plus size to hide behind tons of clothing. Look for a flat-front pair that hits your thighs where they start to narrow—or adjust by cuffing!

Old Navy (sizes 0-20, $23,

plus size

June 23, 2011. June.

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