Rated 2 out of 5 by KnitWit514 Great Fabric, Bad Fit
I love, love, love the fabric used in these shorts, and the colors are fabulous. However, that being said, the fit just doesn't work. My thighs are not big - I'm 5'8" and 148 lbs. - and the hems on these shorts are skin tight. I bought them on sale, so I'll have to see if an exchange is possible, but as they are in a size 10 (I'm either an 8 or a 10 usually), they just don't work.
August 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewEnglandToughGirl Perfect fit and super versatile
Love these shorts, perfect balance of wearable to work, out for dinner, or weekend shopping. Super handy to have 4 total pockets of a decent depth so nothing falls out. Fit perfectly at the waist and don't ride up or slip down... couldn't be happier. Awesome and bright color, too.
August 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Crazychocolatedog Nice shorts
These shorts were almost perfect. I'm mid 50, 5'7". I got the bright blue And love the color. they fit perfectly except the waist, which was a wee bit snug on me. I have a boxy shape, so maybe it's just that I'm thicker through the middle. What I loved most is that the legs were straight, and Not loose at all. Not snug either. After wearing a few times the waist band has loosen up and it feels better.
Would love to see these in sun washed colors.
August 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 30yearsofBean they are perfect
These shorts are perfect - they are light, comfortable, easy care and a great fit.
July 25, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by luvmaine65 Sizing and style is off
Ordered these (sized up, because LL Bean bottoms are always small on me...I'm more of an "apple" shape than a "pear") and was excited to get them. What a disappointment when they were too small in the waist (even after sizing up). Also, my husband (who normally says nothing about clothing) said they looked like "mom shorts". Sent them back. Received the Washed Chino pants a few days later (in the same size, one size up from my normal) and expected them to be too small as well...nope, they fit and if anything are a tad bit big. I wish items with the same "name", i.e. Washed Chino ....., would fit similarly. (For what it's worth, the Washed Chino skirt in the same size also fit great.) Quality control?
July 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mindy85 Great Summer Short
I really like these shorts. I got a size down because they stretch out with wear. So get a size down and wear them around, squat, etc. and see how they stretch before committing to a size. Other than that they are comfortable and good quality.
July 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by WheninMaine Glad it's not just me....
I like the weight and stretch of the material, but these also make the shorts clingy. Like some others, I found I had to go up one size; when they sit a bit lower, they also grab less at the upper thigh (but then the inseam hangs down). And that's my main complaint. They're a straight fit, yes, but even so the upper thigh seemed disproportionately smaller than the hip and in my regular size that meant they grabbed the leg and accentuated my post-baby-ness. I kept one pair to wear at home or in the neighborhood on really hot days, but I don't think I'll wear them out and about. A curvier version of these would be great (as long as they didn't have a high waist to go along with the curves. I like a waistband to hit right across the lower abdomen to minimize it).
July 19, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5
by ShortsGal Disappointing Quality
I've been a loyal LL Bean shopper for many years. I love the clothing and the consistent fit. I purchased 2 pair of these shorts in October 2014: one in Almond and the other in Green. Loved the styling and the fit. Unfortunately, I am returning both today, less than a year later. Both pair of shorts have worn to threads on the front top part of the fly. I'd be OK with this if it happened after many years of use, but sadly that's not the case. I expect LL Bean clothing to have more than a 9 month useful life. Thankfully, the company's guarantee assures satisfaction no matter what, which is one of many reasons I am so loyal to LL Bean. However, hope that this quality problem is an isolated incident.
July 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Run6014 Run small and fit is odd
Like some of the other reviewers, I found that these shorts run small. I ordered a size 2 (my normal size) and they just don't fit right. The waistline is perfect but the shorts are snug across my bottom, hips and upper legs. Another problem is that the shorts flare out at the bottom. Too bad because I like the length and color selection.
July 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DoubleDeac Yay! Tall people shorts!
I am 5'11'' so my challenge with shorts is that they are always too short (I'm in my 20s, so its not like short is a problem, but there is such a thing as uncomfortably short, particularly for taller women) or I have to get Bermuda shorts, which are not really a flattering cut for anyone.
I ordered these shorts because they promised a 6" inseam, which I thought was probably long enough without pushing Bermuda lengths. The length is perfect and they are cut well enough that they don't cut off my legs when I sit. I have honestly suffered through the last few summers in the south in jeans because I gave up finding decent looking shorts. I have already worn each pair half a dozen times and hope they hold up well given how much I am wearing them!
One thing to note, the colors are both a little brighter/lighter than they appear on screen. The screen makes the tones appear a bit richer, so my malachite green shorts are a little more bright than I anticipated and the brightwater blue shorts are more sky blue - just a small difference, definitely not a deal breaker.
June 29, 2015