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Mrs Stylewright wearing denim shorts ready to take the dog for a walk

Wear the Damn Shorts!

Summer’s here and the time is right for…getting your shorts on! But “No way!”, “I can’t wear shorts!”, ‘Get my legs out??” I hear you cry, but why??

It seems that wearing a pair of shorts is an absolute fashion no-no for so many, and you would rather swelter under a long skirt or trousers for fear that someone will see your legs. 

This year co-ords are a massive fashion trend, which lends itself perfectly to those who are wary of donning shorts because they are incredibly flattering to any shape as they are usually floaty, often linen, pull on styles worn with a matching lightweight shirt or blazer. The whole look is super comfy, and as it is all one colour – print or block, it elongates you making you appear taller and slimmer, if that’s what you want. Just add a tank top underneath, leave the buttons open to break up the outfit if you want less elongation.

However, you don’t need to follow a trend! You can wear your shorts how you like, but try wearing them with a bit of confidence, because when  you wear the right shorts for you and your shape you will look fabulous regardless of size, jiggle, dimple, knock knees or extra wobble because people will be too busy checking out your outfit to notice your legs!

Here are some tips –

  1. If you are concerned about big hips or thighs, wear darker shorts. Keep them plain and make sure all the interest is going on on your top half, keep the shorts wide legged and/or floaty – this will slim your thighs. 
  2. If you have a small waist draw the attention there with a belt.
  3. But if you don’t have much of a waist, flat fronted tailored shorts are your friend, keep the detail of your shorts at the bottom with a contrast print or a cuff, or try a playsuit.
  4. Strawberry or athletic ladies will be looking to add curve or interest to their bottom halves either to distract from a larger top half or to create shape with prints and pockets, slim athletic ladies would look great with a paper bag waistline.
  5. A common misconception is that shorts will make you look shorter, but this is not the case if you keep your top shorter or tucked in, the shorts at least mid-thigh or wear with wedge sandals or flatform trainers.
  6. And remember shorts don’t have to be short, try a Bermuda if you are worried about your thighs.


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