The Perfect Pair of Jorts Does, in Fact, Exist

Claire Stern

Despite the ubiquity of jean shorts, finding the perfect pair can take a Herculean effort. With so many variables to consider - texture, fit, comfort, length, color, price, potential camel toe - it seems borderline impossible to find a style that checks all the boxes. And when you factor in a sizable butt and small waist (the two-ingredient recipe for the dreaded gape), it veers into hopeless territory. As someone who's endeavored to go on this uberspecific jorts treasure hunt for years, I'm thrilled beyond belief to report that my search is finally over. Behold: Madewell's Curvy Perfect Jean Short .

A riff on the brand's vintage-inspired Perfect Jean Short , this brand-new fit is specifically designed for those with an hourglass silhouette (read: small in the center, big on the bottom). It has a narrow waist with a contoured band, a long rise, and room at the hip and thigh area, so you can sit down in them comfortably. Plus, they've got that hard-to-achieve worn-in look reminiscent of old Levi's. Because they're made with Madewell's comfort stretch denim, keep in mind that these shorts definitely have a bit of give - I wound up sizing down two sizes.

Just like the name implies, the Curvy Perfect Jean Short is truly perfect. And a number of customers seem to agree with me. Some review highlights include: "Fits like a dream," "Obsessed," and "YOU NEED THESE." I'd like to add that the high-waist cut is super flattering as it makes your legs look really long, and they're comfy enough that you can wear them while working from home - a blessing now that sweatpants season is ending. Keep scrolling to see how I styled them (with a T-shirt, natch) and shop them for yourself.


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