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Shorts Illustrated: The Perfect Shorts for Your Body Type

Get a leg up on the season with the right style of shorts for your shape.

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The Right Shorts for Your Body Type

Whether you've got short or long legs, we've got the styles for you to show off your shape.

On our model: Old Navy ruffle button-up top, $25, Old Navy store; Hurley O&O Lowrider III cotton-blend shorts, $38, hurley.com

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Shorts for Full Thighs

Look trim in slim-cut Bermudas that cover your quads. Also, a low waist saves you from the frump factor.

LIJA by Linda Hipp Parker Plaid Button Knee cotton-blend shorts, $110, lijastyle.com

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Shorts for Full Thighs

The Limited Drew Button Front City cotton shorts, $50, thelimited.com

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Shorts for Short Legs

Pick a pair with a five-inch (or so) inseam to play up your legs. Then add heels (no too-sexy stilettos, please!).

J.Crew Sunblocks print cotton shorts, $58, jcrew.com

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Shorts for Short Legs

Gap flat-front cotton shorts, $40, gap.com

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Shorts for Long Legs

Show just the right amount of skin with a mid-length style. Roll-ups balance out lanky legs.

Club Monaco Liv roll-cuff cotton shorts, $69, clubmonaco.com for stores

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Shorts for Long Legs

DKNY Jeans plaid cotton-blend shorts, $69, Macy's stores

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More Summer Slimmers

Elongate legs with these wedge sandals.

Bettye Muller Katy shoes, $170, endless.com

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A Slimming Belt

Add fun details to your outfit with this belt.

Tommy Hilfiger belt, $98, shoptommy.com

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Fun Heels

Flirty heels are perfect for summer.

Bongo Simple Sole shoes, $49, bongo.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.

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