The Best Summer Shorts For Your Body Type

No more having to return shorts you wound up not liking. Shopping with your body type in mind makes finding a new pair of summer shorts a breeze.

By Nicole Andre3 min read
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Whether you’re petite, curvy, a pear shape or somewhere in between, you can find a pair of shorts that flatters your natural feminine shape and makes you look your best.

Ready to start shopping? Here are our favorite pairs for each body type.

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Pear Shape

Pear shapes often feel uncomfortable wearing shorts because, by nature, they tend to have fuller hips and thighs and a smaller upper body, carrying their weight on their lower half. But we think you’ll find that when you choose the right pair that isn't too tight around the hips or thighs, you'll gravitate toward them over and over again for an effortless summer uniform!

Levi’s 80s Mom Women’s Shorts, $70

These shorts are a dream for any gal with a pear-shaped body. Embrace ‘80s style with a high rise that will draw attention to your waistline, with a loose fit and 4-inch inseam that will be flattering on your hips and thighs.

Abercrombie Curve Love High Rise Loose Short, $70

Abercrombie really understood the assignment with these shorts. High rise and loose are exactly what pear-shaped ladies should look for when shopping for a new pair of shorts. Plus, the black color could be styled to be oh so chic. 

J.Crew Factory High-Rise Relaxed Denim Short, $40

In need of a vintage inspired light wash denim short that won’t break the bank? Let us present these J.Crew Factory shorts.

AGOLDE Parker Long Short, $148

Then again, if you’re wanting to splurge on an investment piece this season, we are absolutely in love with these denim shorts from AGOLDE. The flattering hemline and high waist make these perfect for pear shapes. 

Tuckernuck Twill Chino Wells Shorts, $128

Chino has never looked so chic. We love these vintage inspired shorts and think the A-line cut will suit pear shapes really well. 

Apple Shape

Women who have an apple shape have a bigger bust and their midsection tends to be their widest point. High and mid rise styles will be your best bet, and shorts that are longer will help to elongate your legs, drawing the eye away from your midsection.

Gap 4” High Rise Girlfriend Denim Shorts, $60 

Gap is right when they say these shorts are “forever in.” The fit of these shorts will never go out of style.

Wrangler Cowboy Mid-Length Short, $70

These shorts have a super high rise fit that will make you feel confident all day long. And Wrangler makes great quality denim that’s sure to last you from one season to the next. 

Calvin Klein 90s Fit Denim Shorts, $69

Nothing will come between you and these Calvins. With the high rise and the chic ‘90s style, there’s a reason these are a bestseller.

Rag & Bone Vintage Cutoff 4” Short Noelle, $168

If you want to invest in a pair of shorts that will last you for years to come, we’ve got the pair for you. There’s no stretch in this 100% cotton pair, meaning they will fit you just right year after year. 

Rectangle Shape

Ladies who have an athletic, rectangle body shape might feel they’re lacking in curves or wish they had a more prominent waistline. A low rise or mid rise short is actually going to be your best bet because it will help to balance out your waistline by showing off the curves that are there!

Levi’s 501 Mid Thigh Women’s Shorts, $70

It doesn’t get more classic than a pair of Levi’s 501s. If you like the jeans, you’ll love the cutoff version. 

Pacsun Eco Medium Indigo Mid Rise Baggy Denim Shorts, $35

We love that these are made with 100% sustainably sourced cotton because shorts without stretch tend to hold up better over time. 

Levi’s 501 High Rise Women’s Denim Shorts, $50

If you love distressed denim, these shorts are for you. This pair with all-over distressing and a frayed edge is super flirty and fun. 

Agolde Parker Long Short in Enamour, $148

Ready to have a pair of shorts you’ll wear time and time again? This low-rise pair from Agolde in a dark wash is just what you need. 


We can’t all be tall, and for those of us with short legs, wearing shorts can be iffy. To make your legs look longer, you’ll definitely want to be shopping for a high rise short. 

Pacsun Medium Indigo High Waisted Denim Festival Shorts, $47

These shorts are simple and easy to mix and match with everything you’ve got in your closet. The flattering high waist is super important for petite girls who want the illusion of longer legs!

Gap 365 High Rise Linen-Blend Shorts, $50

We love that these linen shorts have sizing specifically for petite women! These can be dressed up or down for a classic summer look that will stand the test of time. 

Anthropologie Boxer Shorts, $38

Boxer shorts are one summer trend we can definitely get behind. It’s a French girl approved style, and we love this blue and white color combination from Anthropologie. 

Stradivarius Petite Denim Dad Shorts, $40

Then again, if you like looser styles, these shorts are made for petite women and are less than $40. Need we say more? They’re perfect for summer days ahead. 


If you have a curvy body type, looser shorts will be great to help you stay comfortable while still showing off your feminine curves!

Hollister Poplin Boxer Shorts, $20

Boxer shorts are the epitome of easy, breezy shorts, which make them the perfect summer style. Whether you pair them with sneakers or dress them up with flats, these pink striped boxer shorts are darling and bound to be one of your most reached for items this summer. 

Z Supply Everyday Hi-Rise Denim Short, $69

We love the flattering cut of these shorts and the raw hemline. The light wash is perfect for summer!

AE Stretch Curvy Crossover Ripped Denim Mom Short, $60

American Eagle made shorts specifically for women with a curvy body type. They have extra room in the hips and thigh, so they’ll fit like a glove. 

Hyacinth House Black Hallie Shorts, $98

Are you looking for some elevated everyday shorts? Ditch the denim in favor of these classic black shorts for an effortlessly chic look you can dress up or down. 

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