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 style.com 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 now...in 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!

5 comments:

Mollie Wonacott said...

Love the shorts, they are super cute.
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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!

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sanam from DayByDiva.Com said...

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

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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...

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