How to wear shorts

Rule 4: Don't go too long Bermuda shorts, which have an 8- to 10-inch inseam, cover trouble areas, but they can also swallow up someone whose legs are short. So unless you're hitting the golf course, longer shorts should still land about 2 inches above the knee. They tend to be slouchier, so pair them with a tank top or snug-fitting shirt that can be tucked in and accentuate a less bulky top half. The trick is finding a shorts length that flatters you, then balancing out proportions on the top. It's really not hard to look great. Especially if you're willing to leave the hot pants to the volleyball players. Clockwise from top left: Gap white denim cutoff shorts, $44.50 at Gap stores, Trina Turk Duke Bermuda shorts, $188 at Trina Turk, Los Angeles; Talbots red cuffed shorts, $49 at Talbots stores; Gap cut-off denim shorts, $44.50 at Gap stores. RELATED: Beach bag essentials The perfect barbecue outfit Fourth of July: Time to wear stars and stripes, and red, white and blue Barbecue recipes from the L.A. Times test kitchen
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