I have a hard time finding shorts that fit me well. All summer I've been on the lookout, I've tried on shorts pretty much everywhere from Nordstrom and Ralph Lauren to Forever 21 and Sears. I even tried out Aili's much loved 3" chino short by JCrew or even Uniqlo's roll-up chino shorts will fit in the hips and thigh, but not in the waist. Or vice versa.
Aili suggested I try out Gap's shorts, but for some reason, I was skeptical... I'm not sure why, Gap bottoms haven't let me down in the past (with the exception of their skirts, which I think are way too short, but that's another blog post. :D), and the canvas shorts are a winner; pick 'em up for any price between $19.99 and $49.95. It seems like prices may be better in stores. I also like Gap's boyfriend roll up shorts are a good alternative if you prefer a longer length.
I really enjoy these flat-front shorts because the pockets don't add any bulk, and they're ultra flattering. They're made of 100% cotton & machine washable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns (ikat or tribal-inspired stripes) and inseams (petite at 3", regular sizing at 4", and tall at 5").
In my experience, they are a tad wrinkly (but nothing compared to my linen city mini by JCrew) and the front pockets--while quite slim and flattering--don't have much capacity. Anyway, I'm a fan.
Shades: Prada | shop
Shorts: Gap | shop
Sandals: Target | shop
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | shop
Cardigan: JCrew | similar
Plaid Cami: JC Penney | similar
Yellow Top: Swingy Sleeveless Polo, LOFT | shop