It’s difficult to find a pair of shorts that fits your body and doesn’t make you look like a knock-off Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, especially if you are more towards the “curvy” side of life. This is where boyfriend shorts come in handy.
What are boyfriend shorts? It is a pair of shorts that are styled similarly to pants. They were originally worn by men, but nowadays they are being worn by women as well. There are different kinds of boyfriend shorts. Some people say that the word “boyfriend” relates to women who wear these kind of shorts so they can be called “girlfriend” and it is considered less ‘cold’ to wear them due to it being more comfortable for the person wearing them. On the other hand, some people say that referring to them as ‘boyfriend’ shorts or simply boyfriends is more ‘fashionable’ and ‘feminine’ and celebrates all types of females all around the world.
These style cutoffs can be your secret weapon in looking good throughout the year and not breaking the bank. They have revolutionized wearing shorts without taking on any unnecessary chub rub so that it looks less like you are wearing two pairs of jeans slung over your hips (especially those pesky muffin tops).
They can also add a little flair to any ensemble, making it more a woman’s fashion staple. With that said, they also come in different fabrics and colors, which can complement your wardrobe perfectly. They can be paired with a polo shirt or even a fitted tank top under your V-neck sweater.
Here are tips on how to wear these bottoms properly:
1. Take it down! If you have any curves whatsoever, boyfriend shorts should always be worn down at least an inch or two off your hip bone. If it’s not done properly, you’ll be able to see your underwear line through the waistband.
2. Pick the right pattern. As much as you might want to go with your favorite pair of pastel shorts, it’ll probably look more like a checkered napkin than trendy fashion. Instead, try wearing them with some solid-colored tanks and tops that you can get at Forever21 (of course). This way you can mix and match the patterns of your shirt or tank top and your bottoms seamlessly without looking too overdone.
3. Wear them under a nice shaped blouse or shirt. If you like to wear nice blouses but don’t want to show off your midsection area, boyfriend shorts will be your best friend because they will cover up everything below the chest area. You can also wear them under a nice-fitting blouse or shirt that has some sort of style and shape to it, like a polo shirt. This way, you can still look classy and covered but still show off your bosom.
5. Wear them with the right shoes. If you are wearing any type of shorts with sandals or flip-flops or even sneakers, it will look like you are wearing a diaper because they don’t go up too high on the leg (that’s where male shorts do it).
They’re supposed to be baggy and loose. You can buy them from any store that sells pants, whether you have a small or large waist size as long as you make sure they fit well over your hips. Since they’re intended to look loose, you should wear a shirt or t-shirt underneath them. You can also wear it with a tank top under it in order for the tank top to be seen over the shorts at the bottom. This way, the shorts will appear less ‘inappropriate’ and you’ll also look fashionable.