Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot Weather = Shorts Weather

There's been a serious heat wave all across the States recently.  Today's high is 98°F, the record is one degree away at 99°F, and the heat index means it really feels like 110°F.  Yeah...HOT.

There's no better alternative for hot-weather-fashion than shorts!  Luckily shorts have gotten a makeover this year making them easily work-appropriate, not to mention the new shorts suit...

Really, really loving the above photo.  Snagged it from B. Jones Style who did a post entitled The New Suit, check it out! 

The Spring runway showed us lots of other variations of shorts.  Here are my top picks:
(photos all via and there are lots more for your viewing pleasure)
Marc Jacobs
Paul & Joe
Sonia Rykiel
Badgley Mischka
Nina Ricci
The ones I'm wearing most closely resemble the last photo because of the paperbag-waist, which I'm reeeeally digging right fact it was once on a wishlist of mine!
Lush tank top - FC ($6.50)
Old Navy paperbag-waist linen shorts - FC ($7)
Vintage Donney & Bourke - FC ($40)
Charlotte Russe "flatforms" - FC ($8)
Multi beaded statement necklace - FC ($4)
Now, I realize that not everyone feels comfortable wearing shorts.  I, myself, used to never wear them...but there are so many different shapes and sizes out there that I know you can find a pair that works for you!  If you don't know where to start, pick up any summer fashion magazine-I've seen "best shorts for you" articles in all of them! 

Some tips to make your shorts work-appropriate:
  • Especially if you're short like me: Always wear your shorts with wedges.  Not only do they lengthen your legs and make you taller, they really add the finishing polished touch to your outfit.
  • Tuck it in!  High-waist anything has been a huge trend recently and why not?  Nipped in at the waist is universally flattering.  It also lengthens the (appeared) length of your shorts.
  • Pair it with a loose or longer sleeve blouse.  Fashion is all about balance and proportions.  If you've got something short/tight on the bottom, balance it out with something long/loose.
  • Like the shorts suit idea?  You don't have to go out and buy a set: Pair your shorts with a blazer you already own, it will really step your look up a notch.
Do you wear shorts in the Summer?  What's your favorite pair?  Let me know in the comments section!


Mollie Wonacott said...

Love the shorts, they are super cute.
Following you.

caroline said...

i always wish i was able to wear shorts more here...but alas, i live in SF and it hardly ever gets warm enough to wear them (although i suppose i could wear them with tights).

i love the pair you're sporting...and i especially love that striped top1 super cute!

caroline - pictures & words

Anonymous said...

Great examples, I love the way those Nina ricci shorts have been styled :)


Sherry said...

I love the concept of shorts with wedges or heels for work. Right now i don't like my knees. What do you think about knee length shorts for this trend? Of Clyde with sky high pumps or wedges. Cheers!

Camber said...

me gusta.


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