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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 Limited Drew Button Front City cotton shorts
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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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mdmachlin wrote:

I would have loved to have seen these shorts on an actual model... I just can't see these working!

6/18/2010 10:44:20 AM Report Abuse
sfoster1021 wrote:

Please...I hate to say this but imo opinion do NOT lookk good in these types of shorts.It makes their legs look like sausages stuffed in casing..and then you want them to wear plaid on top of it.Every one knows that the large plaid patterns, just like logos on the behind just make your BUTT look WIDDDEEEEER.

6/18/2010 10:40:46 AM Report Abuse
Missielina wrote:

I agree - more woman than not have fuller legs - or at least think they do! Show a model with the shorts on!!

5/5/2010 11:54:12 PM Report Abuse
rajeshni.chand wrote:

can yiou show women of all sizes in the clothes please thanks

4/26/2010 04:47:50 PM Report Abuse

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