4-2-20 THIS WEEK: Your Best Shorts and Crops

March 30, 2020, 6:42 pm by MSP


This week: The Definitve Guide to Shorts and Crops

This is the warm season guide you'll use all season long!


SYSters want to know.  What to wear when it gets real warm out. As women we have lots options; like wearing a sundress or skirt, but more than likely when it's really warm, we will start wearing shorts and cropped pants. 

Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms. I know most women are. However, wearing the most flattering shorts and crops for our body type will make us look and feel our best. This week, it is my pleasure to share with you (this Thursday in your Personal Profile) "The Definitive Guide to Shorts and Crops".


This week's article is dedicated to helping you wear YOUR most flattering lengths

PLUS... Adding the right tops (+ shoes & accessories)...

Similar: Loft Rivera Shorts (petite, misses, curvy)


Prefer longer shorts? Many women prefer longer shorts and crops in warm weather because they feel cooler than long pants, yet offer more coverage than short-shorts. I've personally had a 'love-hate' relationship over the years with crops. I'm tall, so this proprotion often looks akward on my (long) body. 

What are the best fit/length tips and tricks for looking good in shorts and crops? This week we explore all shorts, crops and capri length options. You will see lots of photos to help you select your best ones based on body type, your height, and short and long torsos.


THIS WEEK: As your 'cyber' stylist I'm excited to share with you

these fabulous shorts-plus, so much more!

Talbots Perfect Shorts 9" (2-18 many colors)


MissusSmartyPants.com this week: find YOUR best lengths and styles in shorts and crops. No more mistakes when it comes to putting together a stylish (and slimming) outfit for the warm weather ahead!

Love, Leslie MSP


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Get 'em while the getting is good, LOL! This week, nab a new pair of sunglasses...before the selection is picked through and limited.

This week’s Style Mission: Get a new pair of sunglasses.

No more wearing scratched or worn-out sunglasses that's seen better days! Renew your look with a new pair of sunglasses.

You don’t have to spend designer $$ on name brands! According to the Mayo Clinic “choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVB rays and at least 95 percent of UVA rays”. Even “cheapo” brands offer the eye protection you need.

SUNGLASSES STYLE TIP: Pick the right sunglasses BY your face shape—NOT because they're the latest rage. Right now large ROUND sunglasses are popular. But, if you have small features you'll end up looking silly and like a bug (aka Mary Kate Olson).

Pick your best sunglass style based on your face shape:

Round. Try rectangular shapes to make your face appear longer and thinner.

Oval. Try various oval shapes that are as wide, or wider than your face.

Square. Try styles that have width at the tops and a curve at the bottom of the rim.

Long. Look for styles with strong horizontal lines to shorten your face.

Heart. Try sunglasses that are wider at the bottom and styles with round top and squared bottom (like aviators).


This season, protect your peepers while channeling your own brand of “diva style”!


Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants

What SYSters are Saying


Dear Leslie,

I just started using your system and I have to say what a big difference it has made in my life!

Before joining I use to put on any old thing and not think much about it. Who knew there was an art to dressing your body?

I can not tell you how many compliments I have gotten since using your suggestions from various weekly style articles. My co-workers are amazed and I’ve only purchased a couple of new things. This is really amazing and quite fun.

Even though I’m not slim gal like I once was I feel younger now. I’m slowly working off the 20 pounds of body clutter but by dressing better and using your tips it’s like I’m a new me!

Thank you sharing your talents with us! Catherine


MSP HERE: Dear Catherine,

Dressing well for your body type not only makes you look better, you feel better about yourself too!

It is amazing. When we invest in ourselves; we are able to love ourselves more and give more of ourselves to others.

News Flash: you don't have to be "slim" to be stylish. Style is all about dressing for your shape and wearing colors in your Seasonal Colors .

With Love, Leslie MSP



I want VERY much to get a seasonal ID and Body Type ID (I think I am A or B) plus subscription etc.  However I am losing weight and am afraid I might have to be changed to a different body type shortly.  I am losing it fairly quick now (2 ½ pounds yesterday!) and am down from 181 to 162 (I started March 3 and hit a plateau L.  Now I am back to losing and exercising better than before and want to get to 135 or below.  If I buy a 12 month subscription, will I have to rebuy if my body changes more? Or can I be reassigned? Etc.

I don’t want to wait to be at “goal” to treat myself to this.  I was once a fashion model (5’ 11 and 126 pounds) and had a health crisis etc. and put on weight AND was hit by a car and the compressed discs made me lose a little height (I’m about 5’ 10ish now).  I am looking better and feeling better now and waiting to do this for myself is feeling like I am punishing myself—not healthy!  Can I start and change mid stream?

Back in the day I was a very slim, B with more bust than you’d think for a skinny girl and a defined, trim waist---now my middle is fleshier than I would like so I am looking a little more A and below that a little “pouch” from 3 babies!  Should I start now or wait on the remaining 20-25 pounds?  (It might take me all summer, but maybe not—I’m on a roll!)  I’m going back for my PhD in the Fall, so I MUST start by then!  I don’t want to be looking 43 year old frumpy with my young classmates!

Thank you for your time and the wonderful work you do helping women to be their best and feel their best.

Blessings, Colleen


MSP HERE: Dear Colleen,

Join today!!! Don’t wait to lose weight or reach some “magical” number before you start dressing better! 

Our motto at MSP: “Dress for today”.

A weight loss journey and dressing well encourages you to keep up with your progress. When you find you've lost weight and need a different body type, simply email us and let us know. We will switch your body type mid-stream for FREE. We are happy to support and help our MSP SYSters with their style.

Also, congratulations on working on your PhD…wow, that's impressive!

Love, Leslie MSP



Dear Leslie,

I'm new to using your program and I'm learning so much. This is really new to me and so fun!

I have replaced a few of my basics after reviewing your basics list for my body type. My problem right now is that my basics are rather dull and I can not afford to add more pieces at this time. 

What can I do to get more color and look more stylish with my small-ish wardrobe?

Thanks for all you do, Brenda


MSP HERE: Dear Brenda,

I'm glad to hear your wardrobe is coming together. Remember this is a "style journey" and it takes time. Just like Rome wasn't built in a day-the same applies to your wardrobe.  Each season, you will be encouraged to edit/purge anything that you have not worn all season, or anything that has become dated, as well encouraged to review your current wardrobe needs.  

The quickest way to infuse more style into your wardrobe is with the addition of a few BRIGHT accessories! For example: an all black (or khaki) top and bottom will go from ho-hum to wowza when you add this bright green handbag and a pair animal-print flats! You get the idea. Pops of color with handbags, shoes, or statement jewelry works wonders for sparking up your basic outfit.

Your SYSter, Leslie MSP


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