BCBG Max Azria linen-blend shorts
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What to look for: “Any details that add texture and dimension to a super-straight frame, from defined pockets and pleats to prints and embroidery,” says Smith.

What to avoid: Plain and baggy styles make a boyish frame look dumpy and shapeless.

What to pair them with: Slip on a ruffled cami or a bejeweled tunic to give a boost to the chest, and use a belt to carve out a waist.


A gathered waistband and a voluminous shape will add extra swish to the hip area.

BCBG Max Azria shorts.