I posted this really late on the earlier thread, so reposting here in case someone finds it helpful!
I’ve seen several posts recently about shorts, so here’s my PSA that I hope will help someone who is in the mid-sized range, which isn’t always the easiest to buy for.
For reference: I’m a size 10/12 with curvy hips and athletic thighs from running and biking. As I always say, though, I have thighs at any size. 😉 Booty is average-sized. With my body type, I almost always need a size 12 in shorts. I can sometimes squeeze into a 10 but they’re usually way too tight for my comfort level. That’s a lot of fabric up in there, if you get my drift. So. I start with a 12 and size down if needed. I wear shorts all summer with tees and tanks; I just am not a dress person for casual wear. I’m 5’8″ and take a 4″ or 5″ inseam.
Here are some of my favorites:
– Athleta Cabo Linen short, size 12. Super comfy, lightweight fabric, elastic waist. My absolute favorite for hot days. They stretch out a bit over the course of the day, but I wouldn’t want them any tighter. Unfortunately, Athleta no longer stocks as many colors as it used to. Boo. If they phase these out, I will be so disappointed.
– Eddie Bauer boyfriend jean short, size 10. Mine are a couple of years old, so sizing might’ve changed, but these really did run big. It’s a lightweight, stretchy jean fabric, so it’s still really wearable when it’s hot. You can cuff them, unroll them, whatever works for you.
– Old Navy chino shorts, size 12. This year’s version has a higher rise, even though it claims to be mid-rise. Good color selection, cheap. Not much stretch. They are narrower through the thighs than my Athleta and EB shorts. They aren’t my favorites but I usually buy 1-2 new pairs every year for the color choices. (this year: red! yay!) They are cotton and will shrink, though, so be careful with the dryer.
– Target chino shorts, size 12. RIP Merona; they’re now under the A New Day label. Good, basic shorts; not expensive. They aren’t quite as narrow in the leg as the ON chinos. This year’s colors are very earthy if that’s your thing. ON’s are brighter.
– LOFT is worth a try. All my LOFT linen shorts are so old that my advice wouldn’t apply anymore, but the fact that they’re holding strong probably says something good!
ON linen shorts were a disaster. They are sized S, M, L, XL. Mediums were too tight for linen, and the larges were droopy in the seat. It was not a good look. Plus the fabric was rough. I had the same experience with the Target linen shorts. YMMV.
For ultra-casual wear, I’m a fan of the Adidas 4″ running short (looove the wide waistband) and the Eddie Bauer amphibian short. They look frumpy online but I swear they are so flattering IRL. They sell out fast, though.