I used to be afraid of shorts. Maybe just now they’re coming out with the “right” length for me. Or maybe I just don’t care like I used to care on whether or not I looked good in shorts. But nowadays, there seems to be great shorts all around. Like the faux leather shorts I found at Zara, love them. Getting comfortable in shorts has been a challenge for me over the years, which is strange because I had no problem wearing mini-skirts and mini dresses. There is something about shorts which seemed either less sophisticated or too casual. It’s completely not the case anymore, so how did I get to the point where I feel comfortable in shorts?
Not that I have “guidelines” but here are some things I’ve learned through trial and error:
- Select a loose fitting short. Tight shorts are great if you’re 20, and dancing in a night club. Pleats usually give you enough room to skirt the skimpy short issue.
- I don’t dare wear short shorts. How short? Well, if the shorts are short enough to have that discussion about thighs touching, or not touching, then they’re too short. However, I do like them to be shorter than the midway point between my knee and my hip joint.
- Try to find fabrics that don’t wrinkle. Denim, seersucker, polyester all tend not to wrinkle so badly. Linen shorts sound like a good idea, but trust me from my mistakes, they don’t look so great when you have those whisker wrinkles pulling up your shorts. J.Crew has also mastered the crepe, a washable fabric that doesn’t wrinkle… yes, it’s Polyester, but not your 70′s scratchy kind. I have a few elastic waist crepe pants from there that are basically like pajamas, but since they’re crepe, a lot more formal (and I can attest, perfect for traveling).
- Go with a more conservative shoe. These days flats are all the rage, so take advantage of that trend and wear flats with your shorts. Of course, I wear heels too with my shorts, but try to stick to a lower heel (around 3″) or an ankle boot, or a pair of pointy toe pumps. Sure, if you can rock an insane shoe with a pair of shorts, GO FOR IT. I’m just not that gal. Here I’m wearing J.Crew perforated loafers, which are amazing.
- Self tanners help. Ok, so in this photo, I’ve been lax with the tanners, hence the pale. However, self-tanners do help in evening out skin tone, and making me feel more confident with my legs.
- Long sleeves. When it gets hot, forget about this “rule,” but when wearing shorts sometimes putting on a blazer, a sweater or something to helps to offset the feeling of nakedness.
- Just try on different styles until you find the right one. This is where I tend to mess up. Sometimes I shop based on my insecurities, “Don’t try on cap sleeve shirts because they make my arms look fat.” Stuff like that goes through my head. The truth is, every retailer, designer, etc. has a slightly different cut to their pieces, and you never know, the right pair of shorts could be out there, you just haven’t met them yet. Aww!
Anyway, I’ve mused on long enough about wearing shorts…
What tips do you have for overcoming the fear of shorts?
Wearing: Pleated Shorts: J.Crew • Cashmere Sweater: Opening Ceremony • Bucket Bag: MCM • Sunglasses: Prada • Loafers: J.Crew