Look for Bermudas with a slim, shorter silhouette, like those at top left, in order to keep you in proportion. It’s also a good idea to stay away from overwhelming prints and patterns. “My first choice for footwear would be heels or wedges to bring the illusion of length to the body,” says Alison Deyette, a stylist based in Los Angeles.
“Try a printed fabric with stretch to comfortably camouflage your midsection,” says Wendy Hirschberg Clurman, the vice president and fashion director of Jones New York. “Steer clear of high-waisted shorts, which make your tummy appear larger.” Divert attention from the middle with bright footwear—a pop of neon works wonders (check out the combination at top right).
Make sure the shorts are roomy enough to fit your curves but don’t gap at the waistline and aren’t cut too wide at the bottom, says Deyette. The pair at the bottom has a textured yet stretchy fabric to hide bumps. Slip on nude wedges to further slim and elongate legs.
To buy: Simply Vera Vera Wang cotton shorts, $50, kohls.com for stores. Vince Camuto leather wedges, $118, vincecamuto.com.
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Finish the Look: The Tote
How to complete a polished shorts look? With the right summer tote. The geometric-patterned bag at top will make you seem like a chic globe-trotter even if you never leave town.