I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far in my blogging life without reviewing a pair of shorts! I’ve done so many product reviews featuring premium denim for Denimology and my own blog here since 2013, and yet I’ve always ended up with cropped or full-length styles (no complaints though!). I’ve worn denim shorts for many years now, ever since I got more confident with fitness (and especially weight lifting), so I guess it’s only appropriate I finally cover that area of the denim world. Speaking of weight lifting, even though many of my favorite shortie shorts from Siwy, American Eagle, True Religion and BDG still are my favorite in terms of fit every time summer comes around, I still find that as I keep up my gym routine, my body keeps changing year after year. I’ve noticed that I need higher cuts in the back, and a smaller waistband-to-hip-room ratio. I’ve been an advocate for Fran Denim ever since I discovered them, but even more now am I realizing how awesome they are for women who are serious about lifting weights! So, since I got some pretty good feedback on the post I made a little while ago about their new denim shorts for summer, I’m happy to share my Fran Denim Ivy Shorts in black review.
Fran Denim has been around for several years now, catering to women who are dedicated to strength building and end up with that oh-so-coveted weightlifter body: smaller in the waist, and rounder in the butt. This is something curvy girls in general also relate to when shopping for the perfect pair of jeans, so I would say this brand wouldn’t only appeal to the fitness crowd! Ever since I started lifting more, I reviewed some of their jeans (see my reviews here and here), and I’m stoked to try out some of their shorts.
This classic black style, the Ivy Short in Black, is available for sizes 24-31, but make sure you read their size chart before ordering: I’m usually a 26 but since these are made to fit more ample bodies, I wear a 25 with this brand. The Ivy short is your typical 4-pocket short, but with faux pockets (to keep things streamlined – I never understood the need for pockets in slimmer fitting style anyway because of the added bulk), a 2.5″ inseam and 7.5″ rise for women who are confident about their hard work in the gym, and a tighter waistband to eliminate that annoying gap in the back. They have just enough stretch to feel tight at first, but stretch to fit your body shape over time. I would say these are so super comfortable, and they don’t ride up at all, so if you have a more hourglass shape or are looking for a better fit after putting the work in at the gym, I totally promise these are great for you! I realize I’m still kind of slim, so if you need more convincing, there are Olympic power lifters on their website and Instagram to give you an even better idea!