Ask A Stylist: Shorts for a Pear-Shaped Figure

Q: I never have much luck with shorts, but it’s hot outside and I need a couple pairs. I am a fairly small person (5’5”, 130 pounds), but am definitely pear-shaped. Every pair of shorts is either too short, too tight, or too long. Do you have any recommendations?

A: Like you, I am always in search of the perfect pair of summer shorts! One of my favorite brands is KUT from the Kloth, and we carry some great boyfriend shorts of theirs that are a good length and have a super-flattering cut. Bermuda shorts are another option, as their length has a slimming, leg-lengthening effect.

Higher-waisted shorts can also work well on pear-shaped women, as they highlight their signature slim waist. Whichever style you choose, go with a solid, darker-colored short and pair them with a printed, lighter, or brighter top to draw the eye upward and balance out the look.

AAS- Shorts for pear-shaped women LOOK 1

AAS- Shorts for pear-shaped women LOOK 2

Look 1:
Kut from the Kloth Lonnie Distressed Cuffed Boyfriend Short
Dita Woven Hobo Bag
Moni Stud-Detailed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
J.Crew Collection Viv Calf Hair Flats
Look 2:
Naara Cuffed Denim Short
Maya Flutter-Sleeve Blouse
Danni Mini Cushion-Cut Drop Earrings
Debenhams Light Pink Enamel-Buckled Belt
ASOS Jemima Flat Shoes With T-bar

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  1. I like the studded blouse and the black shorts. Not much for the distressed look. And of course, I love the leopard flats!

  2. I love them both. I’m also pear shaped. I’m 5’9″ & 150 with most of that weight in my hips. I would definitely wear either of those looks.

  3. I LOVE Kut from the Kloth! The cuts are excellent for women who don’t fit the typical denim mold and who don’t want to be relegated to ‘mom jean’ cuts. I’m wearing a pair of the Catherine Boyfriend shorts and I love them. They are long enough that I can wear them to work, but short enough that I feel (and look) great in them!

  4. This is great! I was JUST looking for shorts today to wear to BlogHer and as a pear shaped gal, but small like your questioner, I am kind of at a loss. LOVE the high waisted, but wish that everything wasn’t so stinkin’ short. I have good legs, but can’t really wear something SO short to a conference with heels.

  5. I like both the white studded blouse. Have also seen it in dark pink, which I would love in a future fix and also the short sleeve red blouse in this fix

  6. I dig the bohemian style. I think it would work well with a cute leather toe ring style or split style sandal and a larger tote bag for any beach accoutrements. This would also work well for sightseeing in most countries.
    I would love to get that in my next fix.

  7. Love Style #1 especially in a different color shirt and think I would like the shorts as long as they are too long.

  8. No shorts at my age (old) but like the red flutter top shown – and really like the Kut from the Kloth jeans.

  9. I love the white top in look 1, but that loose flowing top on my pear body is awful as it makes me look SO much wider than normal. :/

  10. Love the look in “look 1.” Wish the red top in “look 2″ had a little longer sleeves, but like the shorts.

  11. I love look number 1. Could I get this in May shipment? I like it all:) I have dropped some weight so I would like size 8 shorts please. Thank you!

  12. Love, love both of these looks!!! Although I like the distressed look, not sure it is age appropriate (for a old person). :). Everything else is a winner!!!!

  13. I love the studded white top, and for shorts, I like those but need them a little longer, just above the knee…

  14. I like the white blouse with studs also would like it in more colors.I like blue ,green ,mustard lots of color. I don’t like the distressed look. Would rather my shorts were longer.

  15. Loved the distressed jean shorts and studded blouse look and how can one overlook those leopard print shoes. Totally something I would wear. Less so on the second outfit. Btw this article is so me cause I am completely pear-shaped

  16. I love Look 2. And the studded shirt – I bought that one in black/beige from a friend of mine – fits and feels great.

  17. If only I could wear shorts where I live! I live in an isolated place in Alaska. So no shorts until June 2016! Otherwise, the red shirt outfit!!

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