There are a lot of fashion myths about shorts. Some people think the appropriate age for shorts is adolescence, and others assume that shorts are only for people of average or taller height. But there are many options for wearing shorts, and there is a style that can flatter and elongate shorter legs.
Straight leg cut
The best cut for shorts is a straight leg cut. The tailored look emphasizes the shape of the leg. The overall effect is clean and simple, and it can be dressed up with stockings and heels for the evening.
Capri pants and board shorts can make legs look short. It is better to go for a shorter length (though Daisy Dukes are not necessary) that exposes more leg. A 5-inch inseam is a good length. Accessorize the look with wedge-heeled espadrilles or sandals with kitten heels.
Some styles, such as shorts with vertical pleats spotted on Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, can add length to your legs. Avoid styles that have cuffs or other horizontal elements along the hem of the leg.