I like the idea of high waisted shorts. I really do. It took me a long time to get to this place of acceptance, because when I first saw the trend emerging I thought we must’ve fallen short of ideas if we were embracing cropped mom jeans.
Then I saw some cute tops that would look ridiculous with my low-rise pants and shorts (unless of course, you’re Britney Spears and you breathe through your bellybutton so it must always always be exposed) and I thought……maybe.
Whenever I want to try a new look out, I go to my local thirft shop and get a $5 version to play around with. That way, if I hate it, I’m not out much money and I can donate it to Goodwill.
The thing I learned about high waisted shorts though, is that you can’t buy your normal size and expect them to not ride up your butt. It feels like wearing a thong attached to a girdle and I couldn’t stand it. When I tried on larger sizes they were too large in the waist and I reminded myself of those women on diet magazine covers showing their before and after waistband size by wearing a pair of “fat pants”. It seemed there was no way to win unless I wanted to buy the fat pants and have them altered to fit my 24 inch waist.
Then I read about spandex jean shorts. Its not exactly denim, but some stretchy hybrid material that hugs your booty but doesn’t ride up. I still have to go up a size to avoid the Kardashian effect, but they fit well and are actually cute! Plus, on amazon the pair I found were only $14!
From what I’ve found, they key is to find the ideal shorts is similar to finding a good relationship: flexible and with room to grow. Seriously though, order a few sizes larger so you can bend over without feeling like you’re about to get a yeast infection.