Q&A: How to Wear Shorts if You’re Short

March 8th, 2007

Q:  When the weather gets warmer, I want to wear shorts.  But I’m petite (5′2"), and I can’t seem to find a pair that doesn’t make me look short.

Vince Stone Washed Twill Knee Crop ShortsA:  You can wear shorts–but it’s all about proportion.  Short shorts, while they visually elongate the legs, are generally unflattering unless you’re blessed with a model’s figure.  And below-the-knee styles cut your legs in a way that visually chops off a few inches of height. 

Make the most of what you’ve got by choosing a pair of shorts that hits at about the knee level.  Everyone has an optimal shorts (and skirt) length.  Find yours by standing in front of a mirror and rolling up the short legs little by little until you find the length that makes your legs look the longest and leanest. 

Our final tip?  Look for shorts with a lean leg in order to optimize your visual height.

Pictured: Vince Stone Washed Twill Knee Crop Shorts |  $155 at Shopbop

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hair cuts » Q&A&hellip  |  March 8th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

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  • 2. Mimi  |  March 8th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    The knee crop look is nice for someone my age, too! I like how this pair is cut close to the leg and sits lower on the hips. But I think the model needs the silver flats!

  • 3. Trisha  |  March 8th, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I second the silver flats vote :)

  • 4. Trendini  |  March 12th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I agree with the length issue. I am 5’4 and have the thighs of a gymnast, but love the shorts and adores flats. It is all about the slight above the knee look. I like the silver flats with it but why not some kitschy looking keds?

  • 5. Trisha  |  March 12th, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    I’d go for the kitschy Keds as well. Great for a casual weekend look.

  • 6. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  March 19th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    […] We asked: Are Capri Pants In or Out?You said:  Somewhere in between.  The In/On the Way Out/Out split was almost even–so let’s call capri pants On the Way Out.Omiru’s take: Though the weather has been heating up, you haven’t warmed to the idea of capri pants.  We can’t blame you–the mid-calf length can be hard to wear.  We look much more favorably upon the knee-length city short (especially if you’re short).  But for those blessed with gracefully long legs, go ahead and go capri.  Next Question: Ballet Flats are all over the shoe displays for Spring, presumably to complement the hordes of dresses filling the display racks.  But what do You think?   Tell us, are Ballet Flats In, or are they Out?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!Pictured: James Perse Deep Pocket Capri | $142 at Shopbop. […]

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