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Style Guide: Women’s Shorts

The weather is heating up so now is a great time to bring out the shorts and embrace the sunshine!

From dressy shorts to relaxed denim cut offs, there’s no denying that shorts are hard to buy, that’s why we’ve rounded up our top tips to help you buy the perfect pair of women’s shorts for your body shape and personal style.

Choose styles that sit on the middle-thigh:

As a general rule, when choosing a pair of shorts, the mid-thigh is a great length to stick to. This length is flattering on most heights and body-shapes and is sophisticated to wear from the pool to a dinner date.

Dressing for your shape:

For petite girls:

If you’re petite, shorter shorts are a great way to add some height and make you look taller than you are. Showing a bit more skin will give the illusion of longer legs — just make sure that they aren’t too short! To elongate your legs ever more, pair short shorts with wedges or heels.


If you choose short shorts, make sure they aren’t tight! Looser and boxier styles are a great sophisticated everyday look, especially styles that have a heavier fabric as these are the most flattering.

For tall girls:

Some tall girls may struggle to find shorts that cover their bottoms, so it’s a good idea to choose styles that are longer in the hem. Don’t be afraid to play with loud prints and bold colours as long as you pair them with a neutral coloured top.

For curvy girls: 

A great tip for curvy girls is to choose longer short styles that have zips on the side. Side zips are very flattering and the best part? They won’t add any unwanted volume which can make you look bigger then you are!

It’s all about balance:

One of the biggest tips when styling your go-to pair of shorts is pairing them with the right top! Remember… it’s all about balance! If you’re petite and are opting for shorter shorts, avoid pairing them with a long top. Short shorts are balanced nicely by a short top that sits around the waistline. If you are choosing looser styles or those with a longer hemline, stick to a fitted top so you don’t drown beneath the clothing.

A few must-have shorts every woman needs:

Now that you’ve sorted out which styles suit your body shape best, here are a few styles every woman needs in her wardrobe!

  • Your go-to denim shorts
  • A tailored black pair of shorts
  • Printed shorts