Entertainment Fashion & Style The Perfect Shorts for Your Shape Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Pants Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Cynthia Nellis Updated June 09, 2019 01 of 06 How to Find the Right Shorts For You Getty Images / Kirstin Sinclair Shorts are a summer essential, but finding the right pair to flatter your figure and work with your body type isn't always easy. Let's be honest: Sometimes shorts can be the worst. Don't worry! We're here to help with a quick, down-and-dirty guide to finding the best shorts for your body shape—to hide the parts you want to hide and to show off your best assets. (Hey, some of us really love our knees and calves!) 02 of 06 Best Shorts For All Body Types: Mid-Length Shorts Mid-length shorts from Lands' end. Lands' End Shorts with a mid-length leg, like this pair from Lands' End are universally flattering. They're called different things -- walk shorts, day shorts, golf shorts, classic shorts, etc. -- but are best recognized by an inseam of about 7 or 8 inches. Why We Love Them Unlike knee-length shorts that cut your leg in half visually, shorter lengths make your legs look longer, while still covering problem areas like the upper thigh. For the most flattering look, keep fullness under control (slimmer-legged shorts will make your legs look slimmer, too.) 03 of 06 Best Shorts for Flabby Upper Legs: Knee-Length Shorts Knee-length shorts. Nordstrom.com If you are feeling self-conscious about your thighs or even your derriere, a great pair of slimming, leg-lengthening Bermuda shorts are a great option. You can easily cover problem areas (or just create a very polished, professional look) with these from Not Your Daughter's Jeans bermuda shorts that hit at the knee and are slightly high-waisted. Why We Love Knee-Length Shorts Although knee-length shorts can make short legs look shorter, it's easy to balance it out with a pair of wedges for extra leg length. Also, look for slim-cut shorts -- these jean-style shorts are perfect -- to give your legs a longer, slimmer look (too-full shorts look more like gauchos at this length and aren't flattering.) 04 of 06 Best Shorts for Short Legs: Shorter Shorts Theory / Shopbop.com Want to give your shorter legs a little more length? Try rocking a pair of—you guessed it—shorter shorts. A 5-inch inseam or so is a great place to start, any shorter than that and you risk showing a little too much (if you ask us). We recommend these sleek cuffed shorts from Theory. Why We Love Shorter Shorts Four or 5 inch-inseam shorts are long enough to give some upper-leg coverage, but short enough to lengthen the leg. 05 of 06 Best Shorts for Plus Size: Bermuda Shorts Plus-size bermudas. Nordstrom.com If you've got lots of curves, a longer-cut short is the most forgiving. Why We Love Bermuda Shorts Curvy gals aren't the only ones who look great in a longer short. These almost knee-length shorts are a dressier look and are perfect for shopping, travel, even career if your workplace allows them. Pop on a pair of wedges for a leg-lengthening look that's really flattering. Looking for more Bermuda shorts? You're going to want to click here. 06 of 06 Best Shorts for the Tall and Thin: Roll-Up Shorts James Jeans / Shopbop.com Lucky, lucky girl! If you're naturally tall and thin but want to break up a long, thin line—go with shorts that have cuffs or a roll-up feature. (Bonus: With your naturally thin and long legs, you can rock a shorter inseam without looking too scandalous.) Why We Love Roll-Up Shorts You get maximum usage from shorts that have a convertible length, plus they make even stick-thin legs look curvier.