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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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, $69.50, available at Madewell.


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Universal Standard Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts

Size Range: 00-36
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Universal Standard Next–to–Naked Bike Shorts, $65.00, available at Universal Standard.
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Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts

Size Range: 14-26
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Eloquii Relaxed Bermuda Shorts, $69.95, available at Eloquii.
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VioletaCommitted Floral Print Shorts

Size Range: M-4XL
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Violeta Floral print shorts, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Violeta Embroidered Cotton Shorts

Size Range: M-4XL
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Mango Embroidered cotton shorts, $59.99, available at Mango.
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Girlfriend Black High-Rise Bike Short

Size Range: XS-6XL
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Girlfriend Toasted Apricot Seamless High-Rise Bike Short, $48.00, available at Girlfriend.
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Eloquii Printed High Waisted Shorts

Size Range: 14-28
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Eloquii Printed High Waisted Shorts, $69.95, available at Eloquii.
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Forever21 Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts

Size Range: 0X-3X
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Forever21 Plus Plus Size Juicy Couture Shorts, $22.99, available at Forever21.
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Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts

Size Range: 1X-3X
Shop Anthropologie

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Daily Practice by Anthropologie Kimberly Shorts, $48.00, available at Anthropologie.

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