Now that summer is approaching, it's very likely you're about to be reaching for a handful of wardrobe staples. We're talking about easy, breezy maxi dresses, lightweight linen blouses, and comfy, cute shorts. But of course, each warm-weather piece comes with its own set of shopping difficulties. For example, petite people may have a harder time finding a floor-grazing frock that doesn't drag, and the shorts search for curvy figures is likely a long one that requires a lot of trial and error before finding a pair with a good fit.
To help shoppers find the best shorts for curvy figures, we decided to tap two in-the-know fashion influencers for the best tips and tricks they've learned over the years, asking them everything from what the shorts have to have to the brands they recommend for denim that doesn't gap at the waist. Read on for their advice, and shop their go-to labels.
Nadia Aboulhosn, Model
Favorite Brands: Good American and American Eagle/Aerie
Pick Denim With Stretch
Aboulhosn notes that a pair of shorts has to have stretch "so it hugs [her] body right."
Find a Brand You Love, and Stick to It
There are two brands Aboulhosn swears by: American Eagle or Aerie and Good American.
"When I actually went in for a casting call and met Khloé [Kardashian] and Emma [Grede] (co-founders of Good American), they asked me what I get frustrated with when wearing jeans or jean shorts, and I mentioned the back gap because my butt is bigger," Aboulhosn shared with Who What Wear. "They told me that's what they love most about their jeans and crafted them for that."
"I've always struggled with finding shorts, as I'm petite but on the curvier side, but these curvy-fit shorts fit so perfect! They have a nice stretch to them for a really comfortable fit, and I got lots of compliments!"— American Eagle Reviewer
Nikki Frenney-Wiggins, Influencer
Favorite Brands: Eloquii and Levi's
Know Your Ideal Inseam Length
"I have found that knowing my inseam measurement helps me find shorts that fit just the way I want them to," Frenney-Wiggins shared with Who What Wear. "Because I have thick thighs, I generally look best in mid-length shorts. This style is universally flattering on most body types, especially curvier women."
"These shorts are literally perfect. They're definitely the definition of mom shorts and have a good stretch to them, so get your original size! I've needed a pair of white shorts for the longest time, and these are great! They also make the booty look good too." — H&M Reviewer
"These have been my go-to summer shorts. They are high waisted, so they pair nice with crop tops to show a little skin. I went down a size for my rounder midsection and smaller legs for a more proportionate fit; the high waist was still a good fit." — Eloquii Reviewer
High-Waisted Shorts Have Many Advantages
Frenney-Wiggins swears by shorts with a high-waisted silhouette. "Besides accentuating the waistline (always a positive), high-waisted shorts elongate the legs and usually feature a contoured waistband to eliminate annoying gaps at the waist," she shared.
A Little Stretch Is Always Best
Much like Aboulhosn, Frenney-Wiggins notes that the denim has to have a bit of stretch. "Whenever I shop for shorts, I always go with those that offer a little stretch," she said. "Shorts designed with stretch tend to fit around the waist, hips, and thighs with no problem."