How To Stop Shorts From Riding Up And 6 More Annoying Problems, Solved

There's no graceful way to pick your shorts out of your crotch. Or is there?
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If, like us, you're always having problems with your shorts, scroll below for the best way to solve them!

Problem #1: They're super loose by the end of the day.

They fit great in the morning, but by the end of the day, they're sagging. No one likes to keep pulling up their pants, people!

Solution: Go for shorts with stretch,

Stretchy materials will hold their shape much better than those without.

Problem #2: They're showing off a little more of your *ass-ets* than you'd like.

There's no worse feeling than shorts fitting across your waist perfectly and then realizing there's not enough fabric to cover your behind (aka your butt is left hanging out in the back).

Solution: Opt for longer styles or go up one size and invest in tailoring.

If this happens, you have two options: Find a longer style (Bermuda shorts will totally be a *thing* this year, trust me), or go up a size. If you opt for the latter, the shorts will fit across your butt and then you can get them taken in at the waist by a tailor. But, important note: If you love yourself a cheeky pair of shorts, keep doing you!

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Problem #3: You're struggling with annoying thigh-chafing.

Your thighs rubbing together can cause some serious redness and discomfort. This can happen with any outfit with bare legs, so it's a common occurrence when wearing shorts.

Solution: Wear longer shorts or get some life-changing anti-chafing products.

The most straightforward solution is to wear longer shorts, but that shouldn't stop you from wearing the style you want! There are plenty of products out there (like deodorant) that cut down on friction and prevent or minimize irritation.

Problem #4: They constantly ride up.

If they keep getting scrunched up on one or both sides—or they're giving you dreaded camel toe—that can be frustrating.

Solution: Go for a looser, more relaxed silhouette.

This problem is almost inevitable because you're moving around all day, but only to a certain degree. If your shorts keep getting stuck, you may want to consider a looser style like boyfriend shorts or ones that are more flowy—i.e., they won't lodge themselves in places they have no right to be.

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Problem #5: The waistband is cutting into your sides.

No one likes bottoms that are too tight around the middle. If they're digging into your waist, it make things very uncomfy. 

Solution: Try a pair of high-rise shorts.

Choose high-waisted shorts for a smoother silhouette. They also happen to be trendy and many styles include stretch for a form-fitting, comfortable feel.

Problem #6: They wrinkle like crazy.

You know how it goes: Your shorts are fine when they're fresh out of the wash and when you're standing, but then as soon as you sit down, the front goes to shit. Wrinkles. Everywhere.

Solution: Invest in pairs that have a thick, texured fabric or have a bold pattern.

Unfortunately, wrinkles are pretty much unavoidable, but they are less noticeable if you stick to thicker, textured fabrics like lace, tweed, or denim. Patterns also help mask wrinkles.

Problem #7: Everyone can see your underwear and/or underwear lines.

Lighting is everything, and sometimes when you're getting dressed in your dimly lit apartment in the morning, you might not notice that your underwear is showing—until you're in public. (Been there, girl.) Or even if your bottoms aren't see-through, they might be showing major VPL (that's visible panty lines, FYI).

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Solution: Neutral-colored, laser-cut, seamless underwear will be your best friend.

The next time you are shopping for light-colored anything, keep in mind that transparency is often a combination of thinner fabrics and a tighter fit. The more form-fitting something is, the thicker you want the fabric to be to keep it from becoming see-through. That said, laser-cut underwear that matches your skin tone will help your shorts seem less transparent than they really are.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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