The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Denim Shorts for Women for Your Body Type

If you’re looking for a pair of denim shorts that hold their shape, stay soft with each wash, and don’t create an imprint on your legs while wearing them, look no further.

Start by selecting a wash style that’s similar to your favorite jeans. Lighter washes are more straightforward to style and will go with more of your clothing items.


The Waist

The waist is a big part of the silhouette of your body and the way that you feel about a pair of denim shorts. High-waisted styles are a flattering option for most women because they create a slimming effect on the waist and add extra confidence. However, some high-waisted jean shorts can be too tight in the thigh area, which creates a cinched look and makes you appear thicker.

To avoid this, try a pair of high-waisted jean shorts and check the inseam area to see how they fit in your thigh. You can do this by spreading the pair of jeans flat, removing any wrinkles, and measuring from the waistband to the end of the shorts.

If the measurements form a straight “H” shape, you’re most likely a straight size. If the measurements differ by more than 4″, then you’re a curvy size. Look for shorts (denim or not) with an A, heart, or curvy shape; they will fit you better than straight styles.

The rise of the shorts can also significantly impact how they sit on your legs. For example, some pairs have an extra-high increase that will be uncomfortable for those with a lower tummy, and others have a low rise that’s perfect for anyone with a larger stomach.

The Hips

The hip area is essential in the perfect pair of denim shorts for women since it helps accentuate curves. Look for styles that fit close to the hips but have a slight amount of stretch so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a diaper on your legs. If you’re looking for a new high-waisted pair, try Madewell’s skinny jeans with subtle whiskers and fading that offer an authentic worn-in vibe or cropped cutoffs with cool frayed edges.

If you’re looking for sexy denim shorts for women, try a mid-length style with plenty of stretch that will conform to your shape. 

If you’re a tall gal, you can carry off any denim shorts style as long as they aren’t too baggy or have a petite inseam. A longer length will keep your legs elongated and give you a more balanced, proportioned look. Look for styles that cinch at the waist to accentuate your natural curves or create an illusion of long legs with a belt or shorts detailing on the hips and thighs.

The Legs

It’s only possible to wear a pair of denim shorts if they’re comfortable. You’ll feel uncomfortable all day if they’re too tight or baggy. And if they’re made of low-grade material, they’ll be see-through, highly sweat-absorbent, and itchy against your skin.

When shopping for the perfect pair of women’s jeans shorts, make sure they are made of high-quality denim. Because of how this fabric is constructed, it fits your body precisely without feeling constrictive. You’ll also want to choose a pair of shorts that is a good length for your legs. Taller women will appreciate the elongating effect of higher-waisted shorts, while shorter legs will be flattered by Bermuda-style shorts.

If you have an oval-shaped body, then high-waisted denim shorts will look great on you because they will cinch your waistline and create the illusion of a more defined waist. On the other hand, if you have an inverted triangle body shape, then wide-leg shorts with horizontal stripes will work well for you because they’ll balance out your narrow hips and broad shoulders. Lastly, pear-shaped bodies can use low-waist and high-waisted shorts to make their lower body look slimmer. But they should avoid low-waist shorts in light colors and shorts with a striped pattern. These will make your legs look wider and could cause a negative balance in your overall appearance.

The Butt

Shopping for denim shorts can be tricky for those of us with a non-flat butt. Too tight, and the shorts are uncomfortable; too baggy, and they look frumpy. The solution is a pair that has stretch or is looser in the hip area to minimize the waist gap while still looking like denim and fitting the thighs well.

A pear-shaped butt has full hips and fat distributed in the lower part of the butt cheeks, creating a rounded shape from behind. Try mid-rise shorts with a slight curve for comfort and style. Look for a smocked or elasticized waistband that adds cinching to create a flattering fit without feeling too tight.

Consider trying a pair of black denim shorts this summer. The versatile color will feel elevated versus your regular blue denim washes. This high-waisted pair is a top pick nd is super flattering for a curvy body type.

These Bermuda shorts are ideal for those with a plus-size figure. They’re made of soft cotton fabric and have stretch for comfort and a slimming silhouette that looks great unfolded or cuffed to your perfect length. They’re available in misses sizes XS-XXL and in plus sizes 1X-3X.