Shorts are probably one of the most difficult pieces of clothing to choose because in order for them to cover all the bases – be comfortable, fit well and look good – you have to get the style, cut and colour absolutely right.
This Autumn season shorts are there and not just for transition. For many women, our hips, tum and bottom are the areas we find most difficult to dress and shorts focus on all those places. So, to help you get the best shorts for your shape and to look your best this Autumn 2013 see our tips below:
The main things to look out for are: fabric, cut, length, detail.
Fabric: As a general rule, fuller figures should choose softer fabrics that will fit nicely over their curves. Slimmer figures can take the stiffer fabrics
Cut: In terms of cut, you will find both tailored and casual styles. Very tailored, structured cuts will look best on slimmer, rectangle or neat hourglass figures. Soft tailored shorts are probably the most flattering for most people. Enormous baggy shorts will make you look bigger so the choice is yours!
Length: Short shorts are fine for most people on the beach, but beyond the seaside, they should be left to those in their teens and early twenties. Bermudas are smart but you need to consider the length of your legs to decide what length of short to go for. Mid-thigh is probably the most popular. If you have short legs, make sure you either a tonal shoe or an open-toed sandal to elongate your legs in your shorts. Adding a jacket will make shorter shorts look stylish.
Detail: If you are lacking curves then detail on your top and/or bottom will add volume and give the illusion of more shape. Pockets, buttons, zips, embellishment or pattern on your shorts is good for you. If you are a triangle shape (fuller on the hips) avoid details on your shorts as it will emphasize your hips.
Denim: Curvy bodies need to choose soft denim in a darker shade. Lighter denim will attract the eye more and you won’t want this area to be the focus of your outfit. Denim shorts often have pockets, buttons, zips or stud detail; so again, think about how much you can get away with. Denim shorts never really go out of style and can even be worn with tights in the cooler months.
Colourful: You don’t have to opt for safe black, navy or beige – have fun with your shorts! Firstly, you must choose a colour that looks great on you. You will need to take care with colour, if you have a fuller figure, go for a simple style with no detail at a flattering length and in a darker shade from your colour palette. Lighter colours will draw attention to that area but wearing a looser top will balance it out.
High waisted; High waisted shorts can be tricky to wear and are better on figures with medium to long legs. They can, however, give a streamline look to the body if you go for a style with no detail on it.
Final word: Not sure what type of shorts suit you? Give us a shout and come in for a Style Consultation! Whether it’s for casual, work or an evening out shorts are great and that’s just the long and short of it all.