From the book “100 Ways to Look Fat” – Baloney Concept #3 – “Capris and longer shorts make you look fat.” NOT NECESSARILY!
Capris and walking shorts are a classier look for gals of a certain age than shorter shorts. They become a pounds-on look only when the pant legs flare out away from your body. Your eye follows the side seams outward, adding visual width and the wider hemline creates a horizontal line that subtracts height – not usually a flattering effect.
But when the legs taper inward the look is trim and elongating. No added width, and a shorter, less distracting horizontal at the hem.
In the two line drawings below, see how the horizontal line A seems longer that the corresponding horizontal line B? And the vertical line X seems shorter than corresponding vertical Y? Those geometric shapes correspond to the wider and more tapered shorts and capris! What a difference, right?