May 3, 2022

Decoding Denim Shorts

Decoding Denim Shorts

Denim shorts… they’re right up there with finding the perfect pair of jeans and a swimsuit you feel confident in. Amirite? 
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Love ‘em or love to hate ‘em, they’re a staple for Spring/Summer and to want to help you find the right pair for YOUR body. 
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🔖 Save this post for your future shopping trip!


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Do you have to wear high rise? No… that might not be what’s right for your torso.

Not into denim underwear? Me either, I’ve got you (and your booty) covered, mama! 
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I just need you to remember this:
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Your body was not made to fit the shorts, the shorts are made to fit you. You are not a number on a tag or a trend.

Now, let’s get into decoding denim shorts…


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Let’s start off by paying attention to the details of the shorts, specifically: rise, fit, fabric, length, and leg opening.

Is the rise high, mid, or low (but please just say NO to low rise, okay?). How about fit – relaxed or curvy? Does the fabric have stretch or no stretch? How many inches is the inseam? And lastly, what is the leg opening like?

These details help you to know if the shorts are even worth purchasing or trying on in the store. If they aren’t what your body feels best in, why bother?

Are the shorts labeled as a specific style? Let’s take a look at two styles and their differences.

Mom Shorts are high waisted and relaxed, think of a girlfriend jeans fit. Now Dad Shorts tend to be more relaxed, more of a boyfriend jean fit. Which do you prefer?

Other shorts styles to consider would be: paper bag shorts, elastic waist shorts, and distressed vs non distressed shorts.

When shopping, consider the features in regards to your preferences and body shape. If you have long legs, you might want a longer inseam. Have thick thighs or wide hips? You might prefer a curvy or more relaxed fit. If you have a long torso, you might like a higher rise. Everyone is different and that’s okay!

Did you know you should generally size up one for shorts? So many women don’t know this and try to squeeze into their normal jeans size. You have my permission to size up, mama. The number on a tag doesn’t define you!

The right length (along with fit) will help prevent shorts from the dreaded creep up. IYKYK…it’s the worst. This is something you simply have to experiment with. A short inseam is generally 2.5 – 3 inches long, while a longer inseam is 3.5 – 4 inches.

Pro tip: Wear shorts around the house for 3 hours before deciding whether they fit or not. If the shorts are loose after 3 hours, they’re too big, and you need to size down!

Still need more personalized help and recommendations for your specific body, style, and lifestyle?

Join the Style Society and dive into shorts with us!

Get feedback and recommendations from a personal stylist (me 🙋🏼‍♀️) and other moms who are on the journey too! 
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What’s your biggest denim shorts frustration? Tell me over on my Instagram. Better yet, hop into the Style Society, mama!

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have fun decoding those denim shorts

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