I got the following question via email:
Would love to know if you’ve spotted any denim shorts for Summer that aren’t TOO short. I’m a mom, have a 2 year old and am trying to stay on trend but still comfortable! I really like the frayed edge look, but at this point would settle for any denim short that just wasn’t too revealing.
Thank you so much!!
YES! I have some great suggestions for you.
My favorite shorts last year came from Gap. These 1969 Sexy Boyfriend shorts ($50) are similar to a pair I have. The inseam is 5” rolled, but you can wear them unrolled for more length. My favorite shorts inseam length is anywhere between 3” and change and about 7”. Any shorter and woe be unto you if I have to bend over in your vicinity. Any longer and they’re getting into bermuda short territory—WHICH NO. I’m going to veer off track here for a second to discuss this.
I know that bermuda shorts will forever be a thing, but this year they are ESPECIALLY a thing again. I appreciate the intent of bermuda shorts, but the truth is that they flatter only the models wearing them in product photos. And they are The Worst if they come all the way to the knees. God forbid they cover the knees. (And some of them do.) The bizarre proportions created from a pair of bermuda shorts cannot be understated. The funny thing about bermuda shorts is that although they are usually thought of as a more flattering, covered-up short option, they can actually make you look bigger. They’re often more fitted through the thighs and if they’re a lighter color—khaki, light denim, white—that illusion is multiplied. Going a bit shorter, say—7”-9”—is more flattering on almost everyone. They don’t need to be tight and they should hit right about mid-thigh. That gives more coverage where you need it but they won’t be hugging your thighs right through where they are largest. Instead, they’ll be ENDING right through the thickest part of the thigh. It’s all about illusion—making your legs look longer, thighs look smaller and making it easy to balance proportions when it comes to choosing tops. I’ve tried bermuda shorts with every conceivable top and I looked like a giant square single time. Mid-thigh shorts with a 3/4th sleeve or long sleeve tee and sandals balances the square into a rectangle AT LEAST. A light jacket really helps too. So, if you want more coverage, this AE bermuda short ($40) is about as long as I’d recommend going. (They have a 9” inseam.) I like these too (also $40).
OKAY BACK TO THE BUSINESS AT HAND:
Old Navy makes some good shorts too. My pick is the 3.5” The Boyfriend cuffed shorts for just $25. I know that inseam sounds short, but Old Navy’s shorts are cut generously long. These hit at the perfect spot on the thigh. I also have The Sweetheart shorts (5”) but I find them a little long for me. I usually roll them up once or twice.
Back to AE. Don’t be scared off! They make some of the most comfortable, flattering shorts and sizes are generous. (They’re available from 00-18.) Their midi shorts (3.75”, $40) are a new favorite. Just long enough for good coverage. I like the white version of these too.
Last: I’m a big fan of J.Crew’s shorts, but you can find similar versions at lower prices at J.Crew Factory. These denim roll-ups with a 4” inseam are just $35 and the faded indigo wash is perfect.