I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is I hate about shorts. It’s not so much about the way they look on people as it’s how they *feel* on me. I find myself tugging and pulling and looking down at my knees when I walk in them. They ride up on my waist and ultimately my butt, giving me even more reason to fuss. I’ve tried different sizes, different lengths, and yet the discomfort still exists.
All of this is not to say that I don’t wear shorts. I went to Coachella this year (judge me!), and for some reason the spirit of all things festival took over. I pulled out a too-short pair of ripped denim Daisy Dukes I bought from Urban Outfitters when I was in college, but, as expected, I spent the whole day obsessing over how they fit. Again, I was tugging, pulling and looking down at my knees, never being able to adjust them to the right spot. I looked around at the actual thousands of people also wearing shorts who seemed both comfortable and looked great. Then, I came back to myself and my overwhelming sense of insecurity. The shorts just didn’t feel like me.
But let’s get to the point of this really long-winded and dramatic way to tell you that I did kind of find a solution to my problem. Post-Coachella melt-down I decided I needed to take a different approach to the classic summer staple. I started researching—a.k.a. scrolling through my Instagram explore page—and that’s when I remembered the Louis Vuitton Cruise collection from earlier this month. In the show, one of the models hit the runway wearing a corset and blue satin boxing shorts. It’s the same silhouette you would see an athlete wearing, but in an office/club/brunch-friendly jewel tone that was styled to perfection. It just worked. The sense of “duh” that I felt wash over my style-minded brain was honestly upsetting. Why hadn’t I thought to try this until now?
I’m a creature of habit, and I often love to talk and write about different clothing rather than trying it. But as they say: better late than never.
So, friends, I’m here to tell you that I may not have discovered the science behind finding a great pair of shorts, but I definitely do know what it feels like when a better—or just more comfortable—pair finds you. It’s all about how you style it. Below, catch me throwing on a pair of heels and cosplaying as your newest fashion boxer, plus some really great and affordable options to try the look yourself.