The Best Shorts for Your Body Shape

After so many months spent covered up in tights, jeans and wool pants, your legs are practically begging to see the light of day. And with designers from Chloe to Hermes to Fendi to Armani showing shorts on the runway, this is the perfect season to highlight your gorgeous gams. Think you can’t pull off shorts? Think again. No matter your body shape, there’s a style to flatter your figure.

Here’s how to get your wardrobe ready in, yep, short order.


Bermuda shorts were a serious spring runway trend. Lucky for Circle shapes, they’re a great choice to show off your thin legs. A basic khaki style worn with a bright, blousy top and wedge heels will carry you through summer in high style.

Vince Bermuda shorts, $195

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Circle shapes who want to highlight their stems would be wise to opt for Bermuda shorts that feature bold vertical stripes. Dress them up with a flowy top—empire styles are your BFF—and a pair of fab pumps to hit the town running.

Alice + Olivia long shorts, $198


For a Triangle’s curvier hips and thighs, opt for a classic, longer relaxed fit in a solid color, like this loose chino fit.

Gap Boyfriend roll up shorts, $39.95

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Triangles know the A-line skirt is their friend, so it makes perfect sense that an A-line short would also fit right in with their summer wardrobe. This style is belted and on the higher-waisted side to emphasize your smaller waist, but it also flares at the hips to provide ample room where it’s needed. A-plus!

Asos belted shorts, $43

3Inverted Triangle

Those long, athletic legs deserve to take the spotlight, so show them off in a pair of colorful, trendy Bermuda shorts. This orange hue—worn with a simple white blouse— draws eyes down to your best assets. Summer fling, anyone?

Chico’s Bermuda shorts, $69

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Inverted Triangle

Not everyone can pull off a wildly patterned short, but Inverted Triangle shapes sure can. The key is to keep things simple on top—like this pretty, pale cardigan—so your legs get all of the much-deserved attention.

Leifsdottir Maypop Bermuda shorts, $30


Put the spotlight on that narrow middle by drawing attention to it with a wide-tab waist. The higher cut on these of-the-moment Bermudas keep your shorts from gaping where you’re tiniest, and the looser cut gives your curves a little breathing room. Brilliant!

Mauro Grifoni Bermuda short, $138

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Fashion, ahoy! An Hourglass gal’s waist will look positively tiny in these adorable—yet still sexy!—shorts that make the nautical trend look oh-so-nice. The button details and slight flare are super flattering, but not at all costume-y. Potential first mates apply within.

LeifNotes high-rise sailor shorts, $50


A wild print draws attention to a thin Ruler’s lower half, while a shorter length makes legs look even longer. Go ahead; flaunt what you’ve got!

Tory Burch Page print shorts, $105


If any body shape can rock a pair of shorts, this is it. Your thin, straight-up-and-down frame lends itself to a fun, shorter style. Plus, the pleats, stripes and subtle flare on this linen and cotton pair will make you look anything but boyish.

J.Crew pleated short in nautical stripe, $65

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