17 Pairs Of Shorts Worthy Of Curvy Girls

Liz Black
·3-min read

Everyone has their kryptonite: Superman had...well, kryptonite; Achilles had his heel; and for me, it's shorts. I remember standing on the field during camp on a, particularly, sticky August day. Everyone around me was dressed in the ubiquitous uniform of denim shorts and a tank top, but I stood there in my dark-wash jeans, drenched in sweat, swearing that I was perfectly comfortable. Thanks to some harsh body-bashing brainwashing I had experienced over the years, I felt that my chubby legs were something to be ashamed of, something to keep covered up. I carried those body issues with me into adulthood, until one day I realized: screw it. I refuse to allow my hang-ups to prevent me from wearing what I want — especially those pieces that are generally awesome.

Now, I do that without fear of showing off my stems — thick thighs, cellulite, and all. Whether you’re like me and are just beginning your leg love affair or you’ve never shied away from a stringy pair of cutoffs, I rounded up a list of the best plus-size shorts. Ahead, find everything from chic high-waist styles to comfy sweat shorts that will let you display just as much as you're ready to.

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<h2>Madewell The Plus Curvy Perfect Jean Short in Baylis Wash</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 14W-16W</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.madewell.com/the-plus-curvy-perfect-jean-short-in-baylis-wash-MD088.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> The Plus Curvy Perfect Jean Short in Baylis Wash, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fthe-plus-curvy-perfect-jean-short-in-baylis-wash-MD088.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>

Madewell The Plus Curvy Perfect Jean Short in Baylis Wash


Size Range: 14W-16W

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Madewell The Plus Curvy Perfect Jean Short in Baylis Wash, $, available at Madewell
<h2>Universal Standard Women's Mid-Rise French Terry Pull-On Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 1X-4X</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://goto.target.com/WDq4WZ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Universal Thread</strong> Women's Mid-Rise French Terry Pull-On Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FWDq4WZ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Universal Standard Women's Mid-Rise French Terry Pull-On Shorts


Size Range: 1X-4X

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Universal Thread Women's Mid-Rise French Terry Pull-On Shorts, $, available at Target
<h2>Universal Standard Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 00-36</strong><br><br><em>Shop<strong><a href="https://www.universalstandard.com/products/next-to-naked-bike-shorts-navy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Standard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Universal Standard </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Universal Standard</strong> Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.universalstandard.com%2Fproducts%2Fnext-to-naked-bike-shorts-navy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Universal Standard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Universal Standard</a>

Universal Standard Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts


Size Range: 00-36

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Universal Standard Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts, $, available at Universal Standard
<h2>Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 14-26</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.eloquii.com/relaxed-bermuda-shorts/1134072.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Relaxed Bermuda Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Frelaxed-bermuda-shorts%2F1134072.html%3Fdwvar_1134072_colorCode%3D17" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>

Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts


Size Range: 14-26

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Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts, $, available at Eloquii
<h2>A New Day Women's High-Rise Tie Waist Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 1X-4X</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://goto.target.com/EaKZL2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target </a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>A New Day</strong> Women's High-Rise Tie Waist Shorts - A New Day™, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FEaKZL2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

A New Day Women's High-Rise Tie Waist Shorts


Size Range: 1X-4X

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A New Day Women's High-Rise Tie Waist Shorts - A New Day™, $, available at Target
<h2>VioletaCommitted Floral Print Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: M-4XL</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://shop.mango.com/us/plus-size/shorts/floral-print-shorts_87087109.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Violeta</strong> Floral print shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fplus-size%2Fshorts%2Ffloral-print-shorts_87087109.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>

VioletaCommitted Floral Print Shorts


Size Range: M-4XL

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Violeta Floral print shorts, $, available at Mango
<h2>Violeta Embroidered Cotton Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: M-4XL</strong><br><br><em>Shop </em><a href="https://shop.mango.com/us/plus-size/shorts/embroidered-cotton-shorts_87087115.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em><strong>Mango</strong></em></a><br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Embroidered cotton shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fplus-size%2Fshorts%2Fembroidered-cotton-shorts_87087115.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>

Violeta Embroidered Cotton Shorts


Size Range: M-4XL

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Mango Embroidered cotton shorts, $, available at Mango
<h2>Torrid Red Wine Mesh Embroidered Pull-On Short </h2><br><strong>Size Range: 10-30</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.torrid.com/product/red-wine-mesh-embroidered-pull-on-short/14684861.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Torrid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Torrid</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Torrid</strong> Red Wine Mesh Embroidered Pull-On Short, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.torrid.com%2Fproduct%2Fred-wine-mesh-embroidered-pull-on-short%2F14684861.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Torrid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Torrid</a>

Torrid Red Wine Mesh Embroidered Pull-On Short


Size Range: 10-30

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Torrid Red Wine Mesh Embroidered Pull-On Short, $, available at Torrid
<h2>Girlfriend Black High-Rise Bike Short</h2><br><strong>Size Range: XS-6XL</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.girlfriend.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Girlfriend" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Girlfriend</a></strong></em><br><br><br><br><strong>Girlfriend</strong> Toasted Apricot Seamless High-Rise Bike Short, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.girlfriend.com%2Fcollections%2Fshorts%2Fproducts%2Ftoasted-apricot-seamless-high-rise-bike-short" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Girlfriend" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Girlfriend</a><span class="copyright">Photo Courtesy of Girlfriend.</span>

Girlfriend Black High-Rise Bike Short


Size Range: XS-6XL

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Girlfriend Toasted Apricot Seamless High-Rise Bike Short, $, available at GirlfriendPhoto Courtesy of Girlfriend.
<h2>Eloquii Printed High Waisted Shorts </h2><br><strong>Size Range: 14-28</strong><br><br><em>Shop<a href="https://www.eloquii.com/printed-high-waisted-shorts/1345208.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong> Eloquii</strong></a></em><br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Printed High Waisted Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fprinted-high-waisted-shorts%2F1345208.html%3Fdwvar_1345208_colorCode%3D55" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>

Eloquii Printed High Waisted Shorts


Size Range: 14-28

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Eloquii Printed High Waisted Shorts, $, available at Eloquii
<h2>Forever21 Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 0X-3X</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.forever21.com/us/2000428478.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Forever21" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Forever21</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Forever21 Plus</strong> Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.forever21.com%2Fus%2F2000428478.html%3Fdwvar_2000428478_color%3D01" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Forever21" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Forever21</a>

Forever21 Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts


Size Range: 0X-3X

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Forever21 Plus Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts, $, available at Forever21
<h2>Boohoo Plus Paper Bag Waist Tailored Short</h2><br><br><strong> Size Range: 12-20</strong><br><br><em> Shop <strong><a href="https://us.boohoo.com/plus-paper-bag-waist-tailored-short/PZZ80210-152-24.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boohoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boohoo</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Boohoo</strong> Plus Paper Bag Waist Tailored Short, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.boohoo.com%2Fplus-paper-bag-waist-tailored-short%2FPZZ80210-152-24.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Boohoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Boohoo</a>

Boohoo Plus Paper Bag Waist Tailored Short



Size Range: 12-20

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Boohoo Plus Paper Bag Waist Tailored Short, $, available at Boohoo
<h2>Style & Co Plus Size Bermuda Shorts</h2><br><strong> Size Range: 14W-24W</strong><br><br><em> Shop <strong><a href="https://www.macys.com/shop/product/style-co-plus-size-bermuda-shorts-created-for-macys?ID=10634943" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy’s" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy’s </a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Macy's</strong> Plus Size Bermuda Shorts, Created for Macy's, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fstyle-co-plus-size-bermuda-shorts-created-for-macys%3FID%3D10634943" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>

Style & Co Plus Size Bermuda Shorts


Size Range: 14W-24W

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Macy's Plus Size Bermuda Shorts, Created for Macy's, $, available at Macy's
<h2>Caslon Pull-On Tencel Shorts </h2><br><strong> Size Range: 1X-3X</strong><br><br><em> Shop <strong><a href="https://www.nordstromrack.com/s/caslon-pull-on-tencel-shorts/n3100267" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom Rack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom Rack</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Caslon</strong> CaslonPull-On Tencel Shorts(Plus Size), $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstromrack.com%2Fs%2Fcaslon-pull-on-tencel-shorts%2Fn3100267" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom Rack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom Rack</a>

Caslon Pull-On Tencel Shorts


Size Range: 1X-3X

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Caslon CaslonPull-On Tencel Shorts(Plus Size), $, available at Nordstrom Rack
<h2>Old Navy High-Waisted Printed Linen-Blend Plus-Size Shorts</h2><br><strong> Size Range: 1X-4X</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=739674012" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Old Navy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Old Navy</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Old Navy</strong> High-Waisted Printed Linen-Blend Plus-Size Shorts -- 5-inch inseam, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Foldnavy.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fpid%3D739674012" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Old Navy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Old Navy</a>

Old Navy High-Waisted Printed Linen-Blend Plus-Size Shorts


Size Range: 1X-4X

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Old Navy High-Waisted Printed Linen-Blend Plus-Size Shorts -- 5-inch inseam, $, available at Old Navy
<h2>Levi's Women's Plus-Size 501 Original Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 16-24</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3wvq3U9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Levi's</strong> Levi's Women's Plus-Size 501 Original Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3wvq3U9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Levi's Women's Plus-Size 501 Original Shorts


Size Range: 16-24

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Levi's Levi's Women's Plus-Size 501 Original Shorts, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts</h2><br><strong>Size Range: 1X-3X</strong><br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/daily-practice-by-anthropologie-kimberly-shorts" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Daily Practice by Anthropologie</strong> Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fdaily-practice-by-anthropologie-kimberly-shorts" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts


Size Range: 1X-3X

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Daily Practice by Anthropologie Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts, $, available at Anthropologie

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