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Clean Front floral shorts ($50) from the Gap
Belted poplin shorts from Torrid ($18)
Alice and Olivia's Butterfly shorts ($187)
Maya color-block shorts ($175) from Rachel Zoe
Thakoon striped shorts ($590)
Was there ever a more loaded piece of clothing--love or loathe--than shorts?
With unreasonably hot weather--who could forget 2011?--we know the summer staple is inevitable, but that doesn?t mean it?s our favorite (i.e., most flattering) option. But take heed. Here, some tips on which styles work best:
If You?re Petite When you?re on the short side, you should approach shorts warily, but you can still wear them. Just seek out styles that hit at the mid-thigh, and avoid tapered versions at all costs--a look that?s best left to the professionals (i.e., models). We like Derek Lam?s tailored offering ($450) with a slimming side zip. Rachel Zoe?s color-blocked take ($175)--with its white side panel--yields an elongating profile.
If You?re Curvy With the right cut, shorts can actually flatter. These Sejour Bermuda shorts ($56), made of a cotton-spandex blend, are slimming through the thighs, thanks to the absence of pleats or cuffs. And the flirty belt gives these poplin bottoms ($18) an attractive defined waist.
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