What to Do When You Finally Realize All Your Shorts Are Too Short

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Fun fact about me: Once the outdoor temperature hits 80 degrees Fahrenheit, I pretty much live in shorts until fall. I live in the South, so that's a significant part of my wardrobe for much of the year. But something unusual occurred when I pulled out my collection of shorts for the first time this season: Almost every pair I tried on was suddenly way too short. Now I know that it's my perception that's changed and not the length of my legs (unfortunately), so what gives?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't wear shorts of a certain inseam after a certain age by any means. It's all about personal preference. And as I've inched closer to my mid-30s, my hemlines have been getting just a bit closer to my knees. So I guess 2018 is the year that I say goodbye to two-inch inseams (which are surprisingly common with shorts) and say hello to shorts that feature inseams that are three inches or longer. Luckily, there are plenty of those on the market too, and Bermuda shorts are even having a moment. See me blissfully wearing my short shorts just a year ago and shop the stylish longer shorts I'm currently coveting below.

Shop Longer Shorts

I added these to my closet recently due to the length, price, and positive reviews.

Available in sizes 23 to 33.

I recommend searching for loose-fitting shorts, as they typically have a longer fit that feels more casual.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

That wash! That cut! I snapped these up immediately.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

Madewell is a great source for longer shorts.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

This style is especially flattering.

Available in sizes 2 to 26W.

These feel especially polished for denim cutoffs.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

Shorts don't get much prettier than these.

Available in sizes 1 to 3.

Say hello to a chic 4.5-inch inseam.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

Pair this with a slim white tee.

Available in sizes XS to L.

I could plan an entire vacation wardrobe around these.

Available in sizes IT40 to 48.

One can never have too many pairs of Levi's, in my opinion.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

White shorts, in particular, look best on the longer side.

Available in sizes 10 to 22.

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