The Stylist is In: Summer Shorts and Capris for All Body Types

Today we’re launching a new segment here on I Heart Retail – The Stylist is In – which answers your style questions and curiosities, courtesy of local stylist Suzanne Libfraind, owner of Wardrobe Consulting {Raleigh}.

In this first feature, appropriate for our recent heat wave of 90+ degree temps, Suzanne tackles the topic of summer shorts and capris. How to wear them, what styles look best on different figures, and more.

Suzanne Libfraind Wardrobe ConsultingThe Hunt for Well-Fitted Shorts and Capris

Shorts and capris should be chosen to fit your body, as well as your lifestyle. The following four points should help you in your hunt for summer shorts and capris that can become staples in your closet for many more warm seasons to come!.

1. Capri’s are generally suitable for most business casual attire. Capri’s keep you staying cool and are a great option to show off your legs. Capri’s also are a flattering look for women that are plus size. Tip’s for buying capri’s:

  • purchase a style that has a flat front
  • tailor the short right above the knee
  • avoid wearing a belt in the loops
  • select a style that sits below the natural waistline

2. For Petite figure or women that are shorter than 5′ 3″ shorts should so some leg! Note the following in selecting a shorter short.

  • avoid booty shorts… those are best on the young
  • choose shorts that are a tighter fit on the waistline
  • no pleats or details/simple cuts are best
  • cuffs may shorten the line of the leg

3. Boyish figures should pay special attention the length of shorts

  • shorts should be a least 3 inches above the knee
  • relaxed styles are typically the most flattering
  • shorts should fitted on the hips and not loose
  • the best look for boyish figures is a pleated short

4. Lean body types may have the ability to wear many looks, but should still keep in mind just a few thoughts when selecting shorts.

  • avoid baggy shorts
  • if choosing shorts with pleats, make sure they are sewn down flat
  • no ruffles!
  • the best look for lean body types is shorts with cuffs

This season you will find blossom short that are snug in the waist and loose in the thighs and military styles with cuffs and utility pockets to be the biggest trends.

A final thought: choose shorts to fit your lifestyle and activity and complement your skin tone. Be sure to look at your back end in the mirror!

Happy Hunting!
From my closet to yours,
Suzanne Libfraind

Based on Suzanne’s tips, I created a collection of shorts and capris to give you some shopping inspiration!

Disclaimer: I by no means expect you to spend $900 on a pair of shorts. However, many in-store affordable styles draw their inspiration from designer and high-end brands. So enjoy checking out the looks below and let me know where you find your perfect pairs of shorts locally this season!

Elie Saab cuffed shorts
$600 –

Soaked in Luxury shorts
45 EUR –

Dorothy Perkins twill shorts
20 GBP –

Vince cotton twill shorts
$175 –

Summer short shorts
30 GBP –

Opening Ceremony studded shorts
$900 –

Haider Ackermann silk shorts
$998 –

Theory shorts
$140 –

Polo Jeans Ralph Lauren navy shorts
70 GBP –

Summer Capris 2011

J Crew straight pants
$70 –

$90 –

BDG regular fit jeans
$54 –

J Brand skinny fit jeans
$111 –

White agnes capri pants
£75 –

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