Types of Women Shorts and How to Wear Them

Olanipekun Oladayo

Olanipekun Oladayo, a writer and a Nursing Student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), writes short stories (fiction and nonfiction), poetry and lyrics.


Basically, shorts are short trousers or pants that do not go lower than the knees. They are usually worn in hot weather and one of the things that make them unique is that they come in different types, styles and lengths and these make them appropriate for casual, formal, semi-formal and sports activities. The availability of different types, styles and lengths also makes them suitable for different body types.

Cut-off Shorts

Cut-off shorts usually have a frayed cut edge which adds to its rugged look. These kinds of shorts can be easily made at home by cutting an old pair of jeans into a length that is above the knee. Cut-offs that are extremely short are known as Daisy Dukes and they are also a form of hot pants or short shorts worn by women.

Hot Pants


They are extremely short shorts made with luxury fabrics such as satin, lace and silk. The luxurious look can add a sexy touch to a formal outfit when paired with the right clothing and accessories.

Short Shorts


They are shorter than most average shorts and have been around since the 1930s. The term became synonymous to hotpants in the 1970s when they began to be made in fashion fabrics.

Booty Shorts


They vary a little bit in length but most of them are usually so short that some people prefer to wear them as underwear. They are low rise shorts and some of them are designed to make the buttock muscles look bigger.

Jamaican Shorts


These are shorts that end at or above the knee. They are not tight-fitting and they are comfortable.

Bermuda Shorts

These shorts end 3 to 4 inch above the knee. They usually have a cuff on their hem and are very good and comfortable for casual outings. Wearing them with the right pair of heels can make any outfit classy.



They are low rise shorts with wide sides. They are short but a little bit longer than booty shorts. They are usually worn as underwear or outwear during sports activities.



Also known as racing briefs, they are common among volleyball players. They are usually very short and tight.



These are shorts that are designed in such a way that they look like skirts by hiding the division between both legs of the shorts.


These are shorts covered by an overskirt. They are usually worn for sports activities but there are also those that can be worn on other casual and formal occasions. Skorts are very common among tennis players.

Gym Shorts


These are shorts meant for exercise purposes. They usually comfortable and designed to aid one during sporting activities or exercise. There are so many designs and styles available for people to choose from. Dolphin pants and running shorts are good examples of this.

Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Shorts.

While choosing a pair of short, it is important to consider some factors such as height, body weight and body shape. For thin and tall people, it is advisable to go for a pair of mid-length shorts that are a little bit lose and rolled up at the hem.

For short people, the shorter the shorts, the better. A pair of wedges or heels also help to elongate the legs.

For plus-sized people, it is best to go for knee-length shorts as this will flatter the body more. A pair of wedges or heels can also help to elongate the legs.

For curvy people, high-waist shorts tend to flatter their bodies by accentuating their beautiful curves.