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Model Anja Rubik on the runway at Isabel Marant's spring 2011 show at the Couvent des Cordeliers.
Lauren Conrad wearing Myne and Rebecca Taylor at
's Annual Young Hollywood Party.
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann attends The Cinema Society's
Midnight in Paris
screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.
Photo credits, from left to right: Fairchild Archive, Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup, Fairchild Archive
Easy pleats and a scalloped edge add subtle definition to a leaner figure.
Scallop shorts, $39,
Breezy-light fabric and big slouchy pockets complement a straighter silhouette.
Floral “Staying Cool” shorts, $58, Free People,
The high waist and cheery dots create a feminine, flirty look.
Smudged dot shorts, $148, Marc by Marc Jacobs,
A boyish shape sets off the girly vibe of these relaxed floral shorts perfectly.
Print "Teri" shorts, $32,
The paperbag waist and drapey fabric flatter a slender frame in all the right places.
Drapey high-waist shorts, $24.99, American Eagle,
The billowy wide-legged cut and floppy bow belt are super-feminine.
Pleated shorts, $54.95,
Trim white bermudas look professional yet chic on a pair of extra-long legs.
Tailored Bermuda shorts, $108, Theory,
Clean-lined shapes in punchy brights are so striking.
Chino shorts, $45,
The complex pattern won’t overwhelm a tall figure.
Eyelet Bermuda shorts, $325, 3.1 Phillip Lim,
Statuesque frames will look sleek and sporty in these bold color-blocked beauties.
Bermuda shorts, $160, Vionnet,
With all the draping and extra length, these were made for the leggy.
"Polly push lock" shorts, $242.55, Mulberry,
These knee-grazing tartan knickers have an English country elegance.
Check knee shorts, $34.48, Vero Moda,
As flattering as an A-line skirt, this jewel-toned pair nips in at the smallest part of the waist.
Cutout "Hali" shorts, $228, Rebecca Minkoff,
A dark color and flat front achieve a seamless, smooth silhouette.
High-waist "Montpelier" shorts, $255, Rag & Bone,
Army green and outlined pockets give these all the appeal of cargo shorts without adding any bulk.
Cuffed “Peace” shorts, $68, Sanctuary,
Drawstring details divert attention away from the hips by accentuating a tiny waist.
Cuffed “Slice of Color” shorts, $39.99,
The vertical strokes in this pretty ikat print have a slimming effect (bonus: the high stretchy waist makes your middle look teeny-tiny!).
Smocked waist play shorts, $176, Alice + Olivia,
Structured shorts with delicate florals and slenderizing darts downplay a curvy lower half.
"Gorgeous Greenhouse" shorts, $29.99,
Extra high-waisted bloomers and the abbreviated inseam guarantee longer-looking legs.
Guadalajara shorts, $143, Kenny,
Itty-bitty cutoffs in a neon bright hue play to petite proportions.
Five-pocket neon shorts, $78,
A mix of soft elegant prints and expert tailoring doesn’t overwhelm a slighter figure.
Sophisticated animal-print shorts, $44.50,
Smaller frames can pair these silky short-shorts with flats for a gamine-girl appeal.
Printed “Tess-elation” shorts, $37.99,
The higher placement of the bow belt on these swingy magenta hot pants has a limb-lengthening effect.
Obi shorts, $51.72,
Smooth slanted pockets and a simple flat front are as elegant and dressy as a skirt.
"Glenn" shorts, $225, Elizabeth and James,
Scallop shorts, $39,