When choosing the best plus size shorts, keep not only your overall body type in mind, but especially your legs. If your legs are one of your best features, you may want to pick shorter shorts. If, on the other hand, you have thicker thighs, choose a style that ends somewhere below their widest part, while also skimming over any bulges. For a plus size figure, it's usually best to select solid colored or smaller pattered shorts. Cotton, spandex and denim can be great fabrics for plus size shorts.
Cotton shorts are typically both cool and comfortable to wear. This fabric also tends to drape well on fuller figures by offering some thickness for coverage over bulges, yet also being thin enough to hang in a flattering way. Pick shorts in cotton materials that skim rather than cling to your body.
Denim plus size shorts with spandex added for stretchiness can be extremely comfortable as well as attractive. You may want to choose both lighter and darker shades to give you two different looks likely to go with all of your casual warm weather tops. Capri-length denim shorts, such as those that are rolled up at about knee level in a flat, cuffed style, can be an especially fun and flattering look on many plus size figures.
If you have shorter legs in comparison with the proportion of your body, a knee length capri style in plus size shorts is likely to be your best choice. If your legs are longer, you could pick a longer or shorter style. Shorter shorts are usually better to take the eye up from heavy calves or ankles. Rather than just light or dark denim shorts with spandex added for flattering stretch, consider khaki looks. If you pick a shade of beige, taupe, tan or brown that is similar to your skin tone, the color can blend in with that of your legs to give them a visually longer look.
Darker and jewel toned colored shorts can be slimming to fuller figures as well. For patterned plus size shorts, try to pick smaller prints rather than large ones. "Skort" shorts that have the look of a skirt in the front can look cute in small designs as well as help disguise heavy thighs. Choosing one of the colors in the pattern to wear for a top can create a coordinated shorts outfit as well as give you both color and pattern.