No matter what the hottest trends are from one summer to the next, there’s at least one clothing item that will forever remain a staple in the sweltering season - a trusty pair of shorts. While revolving styles may be in for the season, there are always a few that will remain supreme. As a petite girl, it may seem like a challenge to find the perfect pair of shorts that fit & flatter your petite frame as well as your personal preferences. However, today we’re tackling the long and the short of shorts and how to choose a pair that you will feel confident in and know how to style. If you’re still struggling to style a pair of shorts, leave it to the experts here at Short Story!

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Feminine Chic | Tailored Shorts

If you’re looking to look polished while on the go, a tailored pair of shorts is the way to go. Now, we’re not referring to the chino shorts you’re thinking of - if you’re petite, you’ll want to go for something with a wider leg that hits mid-thigh for the ultimate leg-lengthening look.

If you have a longer torso or want to lengthen your legs in general, go for a high-rise style in a linen material. What we love most is the versatility of this style of shorts. Pair with a button-up knotted at the waist like in the photo below or easily pair with a comfy tee and slide sandals for a comfy work-from-home look. For the contemporary office outfit, pair with a fitted top, a blazer, and your favorite heels for a summer look that will take you from the desk to dinner in a breeze.

Beach Babe | Paper Bag Waist Shorts

For those blistering hot weekends of summer, nothing beats hitting up the beach nearby or taking a road trip! A paper bag waist style short is perfect for the occasion, especially layered over your swimsuit or paired with a colorful crop top if you’re feeling like showing a bit of skin. What’s great about this style is that it will help to define your waist which is great for rectangle figures or for those with shorter legs.

If you’re looking for this style, make sure to opt for a shorter inseam so that everything looks proportional and if you do want to go for a longer style, make sure you pair everything with a slim-fit top or bodysuit. Want to dress up this pair a bit? Try out a traditional belt with your shorts instead of the tie they often come with and add some mules to make it great for a classy style.

Layered Look | Denim Shorts

Just because it’s getting warmer doesn’t mean you don’t need a good layer every now and then - we love a good lightweight button-down or cardigan! Try out a pair of high-rise denim shorts - not all of us love a short-short but we recommend whatever style you chose to go for a lighter wash that screams summer. Pair your fave shorts with a fitted knit sweater tank and some sandals for a look that will take you almost anywhere this summer.

The great thing about layering on a button-down over this look is that you can knot it, use it like a cardigan, or button one or two buttons for a breezy look. Looking to invest in quality denim shorts? Look for a pair with higher cotton content that will last!

In terms of rise, opt for a high rise if you have a longer torso and want to lengthen your legs, and go for a mid/low rise if you have a shorter torso and your legs are on the longer side.

Athletic Vibes | Activewear Shorts

Are you someone who’s always active - whether it be working out or just wrangling your kiddos? Then an activewear-inspired short look might be just for you! Start your look with a comfy pair of athletic shorts with a short inseam. The ones with a bit of a dolphin hem cut are great for lengthening those legs!

Add a matching sports bra and layer on a comfy pullover with a pair of colorful sneakers for a look you can wear to the gym and out running errands. The great thing about athletic shorts is that they often have an adjustable waist meaning they’re great for defining your waist especially if you pair those shorts with a slim-fit activewear tee or tank.

Vintage-inspired | Mom/Girlfriend Shorts

If you’re looking for a longer style of shorts, a mom/girlfriend style is a fun option and a step up from a Bermuda-style short. While short-shorts will have their time in the sun, a longer-length style of denim shorts are a classic choice that flatters most body types including petites!

Choose a high-waisted version to create the appearance that you have longer legs. Use a belt to cinch in the waist which will offset the oversized nature of this style of shorts. Add a colorful top and a crossbody bag and you’ll be ready for some fun in the sun. If you’re looking for a shoe suggestion, we love the sock and sneaker look for even more vintage vibes but this style of short also goes well with an on-trend slide sandal!

If you’re petite, shorts should be one of your best friends in the summer. They’re the perfect way to stay cool and lengthen your legs at the same time and we believe there really is an option out there for every woman. Be sure to ask for a pair of shorts in your next box at Short Story!

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*Cover photo: Sugar Love Chic