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Shorts with a mid-length leg, like these from Lands' End are universally flattering. They're called different things -- walk shorts, day shorts, golf shorts, classic shorts, etc. -- but are best recognized by an inseam of about 7 or 8 inches.

Why We Love Them: Unlike knee-length shorts that cut your leg in half visually, shorter lengths make your legs look longer, while still covering problem areas like the upper thigh.


Cover problem areas like dimpled or flabby thighs with a slim-fitting pair of shorts like these from eight14 that hit mid-knee. A low waist design keeps longer shorts from looking frumpy.

Why We Love Slim-Cut, Knee-Length Shorts: Although knee-length shorts can make short legs look shorter, it's easy to balance it out with a pair of wedges for extra leg length.

Lengthen shorter legs with shorts that have about a 5-inch inseam, like these from Gap.

Why We Love Shorter Shorts: Four or 5 inch-inseam shorts are long enough to give some upper-leg coverage, but short enough to lengthen the leg.


If you've got lots of curves, a longer-cut short is the most forgiving, like these bermuda shorts from Land's End in women's sizes

Why We Love Bermuda Shorts Curvy gals aren't the only ones who look great in a longer short. These almost knee-length shorts are a dressier look and are perfect for shopping, travel, even career if your workplace allows them.




Break up a long, thin line with shorts that have cuffs or a roll-up feature, like these from Gap.

Why We Love Roll-Up Shorts: You get maximum usage from shorts that have a convertible length, plus they make even stick-thin legs look curvier.

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