Hello, Darlings! Today we are going to talk about Buying Shorts For Spring/Summer- Petite Pear Over 50. Shorts are HARD. I live in Alabama where the summer is hot and humid, and shorts are a necessity. But in general, shorts are not flattering and it is hard to find shorts that fit correctly and are comfortable. So today we are going to dive into the great quest to find the best shorts to fit my petite pear body.
Formula For Buying Shorts For Spring/Summer
Okay, first it is important to note that shorts in general are not flattering. Why is this? It is because they create a horizontal line, basically cutting you off mid-thigh and drawing attention to that area. A Pear Body Shape wants to draw attention UP and Out away from hips and thighs (which is usually our largest area). Not only that, shorts can make Petite women look even shorter, especially the longer shorts. So there is a lot of work to do to try to find shorts that fit correctly, are comfortable, make you look as proportional as possible. Not impossible, just hard.
Buying Shorts For Spring/Summer-Start With The Inseam
Most people who start off buying shorts are absolutely clueless. Now, I am a little ahead on that game in that I took Kelly Snyder’s Adore Your Wardrobe course and have a general direction when shopping for shorts. With COVID restriction still in place in many areas, stores are reluctant to carry lots of stock in their brick and mortar stores so online shopping is still your best bet for finding shorts. You can try on shorts and evaluate them in the privacy of your own home, taking your time, keep what you love, and return what you don’t like.
Do you have a favorite pair of shorts right now? If so, you want to measure the INSEAM, this is the area from the crotch to the bottom of the short. When shopping online, most all stores will give you a description section that will list the inseam measurement. The most universally flattering shorts (as best as they can be) are going to be about “one hand’s width above the knee” or mid-thigh. Petite women will find that the most flattering will be slightly above that.
Comfort Is Key When Buying Shorts For Spring/Summer
Most stores will carry shorts with inseams in 3″, 5″, 7″, 9″, 12″ lengths. The universally flattering length will be around 5″ to 7″ for most people. But remember, you have to be comfortable in them. We are women over 50 and have stretch marks, cellulite, and loose skin, may not feel comfortable enough wearing a shorter pair of shorts, and that is OKAY. Don’t buy anything you don’t feel comfortable in, you will not wear it and it is wasting money.
Next, Let’s Look At The Rise
The next piece of the formula is the RISE. This is where it sits on your waist. Just like jeans you have low rise, mid rise, and high rise shorts. This is important if you are curvy and don’t want those little gaps in the back. Also, it can matter on how you are going to wear your shirt, tucked in or out. Finally, rise can be a comfort factor. Higher rise can hold in the stomach, while a lower rise can create that “muffin top” effect. It is all about your own personal body.
Think About Material, And Stretch
Good news here! Most manufacturers have discovered elastane (also known as Spandex) and are adding to their fabrics. Most all the shorts I am finding have some percentage (about 2%) elastane to give cotton/denim/polyester a bit more stretch. This is exciting if you are curvy on the bottom. Especially in the denim shorts, you are seeing a lighter weight fabric with more elastane. Not only are these more comfortable, but mold better to the body.
Picking Your Style Of Shorts- Where Am I Going To Wear Them
When looking for shorts, think about how and where you are going to wear them. Are they just for Athleisure wear and exercise or do you need them for casual outfits? Maybe you want a dressier pair to wear with wedge sandals for a Date Night Look? With that in mind, you might have realized you will be looking for multiple short styles. Here are some things to think about. Look for shorts with the least amount of details, such as pockets and stitching. Pull-up shorts with little to no detail are great options as well as elastic band ones. The “paper bag style” shorts are hot right now, but that is like drawing a huge arrow straight to your stomach/waist when you want attention towards your face.
Color Is Important To Pears
Remember the rule for pears, attention UP and Out and away from hips and thighs. The color is our friend when picking out pants/jeans because darker wash and black were the go-tos for pears. Now we are in short weather and the same rules apply. Picking a darker color pair of shorts will minimize the attention. This can be black, navy, brown, or any other color. But, what about white? White shorts are hard to balance because white draws your eye immediately to that area. If you do decide to buy white shorts, just make sure you have a top that has white in it too, to help draw the eye up.
Creating An Entire Outfit With Shorts
Okay, you have found shorts that are comfortable, as flattering as they can be and now it is time to create an outfit look. Here is where we are going to try (as best as we can) to create a balanced and proportional look. It is called the Rule Of Thirds, 2/3 to 1/3. Thinking of your outfit as a whole, try to make the top 2/3 or the look and the bottom 1/3, or vise versa. This is a hard concept to work with and takes some time to master ( I am still trying). Basically, you don’t want your top to be too long or too short.
We already talked about having our tops in a lighter color than our shorts, looking for flattering necklines such as v neck, halter, off shoulder, scoop, even boat neckline. Adding additional attention up with jewelry such as necklaces/earrings also helps balance an outfit. Look for layered necklaces for a more casual style for summer. You can even add a lighter color straw hat to add attention UP. Avoid huge handbags and cross body purses as they will not be flattering to your outfit.
Choosing Shoes Can Make You Look Taller
Again as Pear Body Type, we want to look taller and slimmer. If you chose shoes/sandals that are neutral or metallic it will “help” you look taller by making your legs look longer. Darker color shoes draw “less” attention down than lighter ones. As always, I like to play the game “Where Does My Eye Go?”. It should go first to my face not my shoes.
My Favorite Choices For Summer Shorts For Petite Pears
Shorts Are Hard- Comfort Is Key
You will not wear them if you are not comfortable in them. Total waste of money. But when you find your comfortable shorts, buy them in all the colors you will wear and multiple pairs. I live in the South where shorts are a necessity but I can wear items such as skorts, skirts, or even dresses if I don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts. Shorts that are too long will make your legs look too shorts, totally out of balance. Bermuda shorts are very hard for Petite Pears to wear, just too long. 7 inch seems to be the “magic number” for Petites, but you can go shorter if you feel comfortable with it.
The best thing is to order many and try in the comfort of your own home and return those you don’t like. Use a buying statement to keep from ordering shorts you know will not work for you. You don’t need many, just a few comfortable shorts for different activities will get you thru the spring and long hot summer.
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