Shorts that ride up are one of life’s small agonies. The cause for this wardrobe irritation can usually be traced to sizing or the fact that the shorts have a rise that’s not built for you. Clothes are made on an assembly line; humans are not. It may take some trial and error finding the best shorts that don’t ride up, but a good pair will ultimately have a just-right fit for your body. To help find that pair, it's useful to first identify what's contributing to your shorts creep.
Throw Size Out The Window
If a tight tailoring issue is the culprit — usually either in the seat or leg opening — that can cause fabric to creep up. To help avoid this, throw your "normal size" out the window when shorts shopping and go off fit alone (this may mean going up a size or two). Also consider a fabric with a good dose of spandex that moves with your body.
Pay Attention To Rise
Rise (the area from the crotch seam to your waistband) is also worth paying attention to. A long rise might swing too low in the crotch area, where it then bunches uncomfortably. When you’re trying on shorts, a good general rule of thumb is to first check that the rise hangs no longer than an inch and a half below your groin. A crotch gusset can help create a more natural fit that conforms to the human body, and is especially helpful on snug workout shorts.
Embrace Different Styles
Opting for a longer inseam overall can also help. You might consider a long tapered leg opening that physically prevents shorts from riding up. Alternately, a slightly wider leg will also leave enough room for your legs to move around. (But not too wide, or all that extra fabric will twist up.)
If you want to improve the feel of shorts you already own, a product like Bandelettes can create more slip so your shorts' fabric glides over your skin, instead of using it for traction on the upward climb. That's why I also including a quality pair in the roundup below.
Below you'll find six pairs of shorts that have earned high marks from Amazon reviewers for specifically not riding up — and they look damn good too.
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