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How to Determine the Right Length for Your Shorts

May 23, 2008
In the summer, wearing shorts is a given. It is way too hot for sweat pants and jeans, so shorts are a part of just about everyone's summer-wear. The thing about shorts is: one size does not fit all. Shorter shorts might look good on some people, and longer shorts (like capris) might look good on others. Here is how to tell what length is right for you.

If you are a man, most styles are at the knee or a little bit lower than the knee. Few pairs of shorts will come higher than that. On a hotter day, you may want to try shorts with a lighter material and stop just above the knee. For a breezy day, you might feel comfortable is shorts that mostly cover the knee. If your shorts are longer than that, you may end up feeling too hot, and looking a little bit like you are wearing flood pants (not a good look).

Some guys do like to wear shorter shorts, especially if they are in a sport like track or boxing. When working out or participating in sporting events, shorter shorts might be appropriate, and they might also be uniform. In that case, shorter shorts are normal.

Women have a few more options. Shorts can be as short as just below the butt or long and stop below the knee, like capris. If you are a tall lady, longer shorts will probably compliment you well. If you are short or an average height, higher shorts might make you look taller. Shorter ladies shouldn't wear really wide-legged long shorts, because they can make you look even shorter. Shorter shorts on a tall woman might make her look even taller. It depends on what you are comfortable with. If you have nice legs and want to show them off, go for the shorter shorts. If you are modest and don't want to show too much leg, you might consider shorts that come just above the knee.

So there you have it. The length of your shorts depends on your gender, height and preference. It may also depend on exactly how hot it is going to be. Not everyone can wear the same length of shorts and still look good. Buy what suits your body type and makes you feel the most confident. Try a few different pairs on, and you might see that you have more than one comfortable option.
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