Finding a flattering pair of denim cutoffs can be frustrating, but the hard work is always worth it in the end. Find a great pair of denim shorts and there’s a high chance you’ll want to live in them straight through Labor Day.
We asked five Glamour staffers to try on a pair of Gap’s highly rated “1969 destructed slim denim shorts”—and, across the board, for women short and tall, curvy and boyish, the unanimous result was that they worked. Everyone found them comfortable, agreed they were flattering, and got a range of appreciative coworker comments.
Here’s what we all discerned as key characteristics making these particular jean shorts awesome:
· They are embellishment-free. It’s tempting to want to pick a bold color or trendy accent, but skip the frou-frou to get the most timeless look.
· Skip the cuff. The added thickness of folded fabric can make thighs look larger than they really are. Plus, you can always cuff them yourselves, if you want.
· Look for a midthigh (or upper-midthigh) length. Any shorter will appear short on most women, while hemlines that approach the knee break the line of the leg in an awkward spot.
When it comes to length, some women wished for shorts a little longer—to be fair, they didn’t always pass the fingertip test. Pro tip: If you’re looking for a longer, looser fit, try the next size up—they’ll be slouchier, plus you can shimmy them down to sit lower on your hips.