While the season still permits, we think it's time you put your shorts to work on that 9-to-5 grind. A pencil skirt, a sleek dress, and ankle-cut trousers are easy office options, but listen, it's hot out and we're really into the idea of keeping our work wardrobe as simple and as skin-baring as possible — without getting HR involved. To prove that shorts can be just as professional as your most modest black sheath, just look to our six styling combos here. If you wear a bolder print on top, keep it tailored and neutral on bottom. If you opt for a more casual pairing (think denim and beige), then punch up the final look with eye-catching accents and a heeled sandal. If you want to take on a more retro bow-tie bib-front top vibe, play up your quirky sensibility with another nod to alternative silhouettes via menswear-inspired pieces. Ready to make the shorts-and-blouse combo work for you? Keep clicking.
Let's talk about shorts, shall we? They're a bona fide warm-weather staple and actually incredibly easy to wear — try tucking a button-up blouse into a pair of crisp cuffed shorts for the office, or wing it for the weekend in breezy printed shorts and a slouchy tee. We've rounded up 20 pairs of cute shorts that will last you well throughout Spring and Summer. Whether you like them teeny-tiny or you're more of a Bermuda kind of gal, we've got your wardrobe — and your thighs — covered. Click through to see our picks now, then get ready to bare your legs this season.
We've already made our love for high-waisted shorts crystal clear, but to add to our conviction, we've zeroed in on 10 street stylers who've put their Summer spin on the high-rise variety. We love this retro silhouette and with the addition of a tucked-in semisheer blouse and summery espadrille wedges, it has all the makings of Rita Hayworth's bombshell style. Or you can easily opt for a modern interpretation by adding this season's must-have white blazer and a slouchy tee. Need just one more reason to try the trend? High-waisted shorts elongate your legs and who doesn't want model-esque gams? Now, click through to get a closer look at how these street-style pros perfected the art of rocking high-waist shorts.
Not all shorts are created equal — from frayed-hem cutoffs to embellished stud pockets, shorts run the gamut. But these sleek celeb-inspired renditions prove an easy way to take your Summer wares from casual-cool to office-appropriate to cocktail-ready. Olivia Palermo dressed up her tailored black shorts with a two-toned tuxedo blazer and her go-to blue Manolos, showing off a more sophisticated shorts style. Meanwhile, Revenge starlet Ashley Madekwe inspired our own workweek wardrobe with her red Willow tweed shorts suit, Whitney Port put a lacy spin on her off-duty ensemble, and Alexa Chung kept it sweet and simple with the help of a high-waisted silhouette and metal cap-toe flats. With this star-studded inspiration at the ready, we've got seven ways and seven days' worth of chic Summer short outfits. Click through now to see and shop the look.
With Summer unofficially at our door, it's time to revive and refine our denim shorts lineup. If you're like us, you practically live in them on the weekend, and let's just be honest, these shorts make their way into our weekday wardrobes too (given they come paired with a great wedge sandal). Take this season's printed obsession and penchant for dip-dyed hues and brighter than bright neons, along with more classic cutoffs and boyfriend silhouettes, and you're in for some seriously eye-catching shorts. And when your denim is doing the statement making, you can take a low-key approach to styling. Throw in a slouchy white t-shirt or a crisp button-up; add an embellished pair of high-tops or slick black sandals, and long story short? You're ready to go. Click through the slideshow below for our editors' most coveted pairs of denim shorts. From pretty lavender-tinged floral designs to patchwork pockets and high-waisted versions, there's definitely a pair in there just for you.
Mila Kunis headed to Las Vegas yesterday for Walt Disney Studios' CinemaCon event and packed some super-fresh satin shorts in her suitcase. We're so happy she did because it lent just enough shine and pizazz to her chic ensemble, which also consisted of a black Phillip Lim blazer, a nude Phillip Lim top, Dior peep-toe pumps, delicate gold necklace, and Jennifer Meyer earrings. It's a look we love, and here are five reasons why. Click through to find out, then to shop Mila's entire Vegas ensemble.
Like Ruby Aldridge in MiH's Spring campaign, we want a pair of shorts that make our legs look just as impossibly long. We may not have supermodel genes on our side, but we're embracing the same high-waist silhouette to flaunt what we've got. If you fear the high waist, know this: the style cinches you right in at the smallest point on your waist and gives the illusion of mile-long stems. Of course, you can always opt to go as long as you like or as short as you dare. With a shorter set, the vibe's a bit more pin-up, while a denim pair has that '70s cool — any way you like it, these are a must-have silhouette with playfully chic appeal. Click on to shop our 15 favorites.
Shorts are definitely a conundrum for most of us — let's face it, they're short — but with the right silhouette and a healthy dose of confidence, you can rock a pair of shorts this season with no problem. Now that we've shown you how to amp up your Spring wardrobe with a crisp blazer and shorts, we're helping you try out the trend without breaking the bank. If you're feeling reluctant, don't go investing in a pair that you'll never wear; instead, peep our budget-friendly picks (they're all on sale!) and ease into it. Click through to see our picks now, then get ready to go forth and go short this season.
If you're looking for someone to blame for your current short-shorts addiction, may we suggest Dr. Zoe Hart (played expertly by Rachel Bilson) from Hart of Dixie? Answering the age-old question "can doctors wear shorts?" with a resounding yes, Zoe shrugs off criticism from her fellow Bluebell-ians by sporting short-shorts under her lab coat with confidence and aplomb. From slouchy leather, to soft scallops, to laid-back cuffed denim, Zoe's penchant for shorts is chic and refreshing — no matter how "inappropriate" Lemon Breeland thinks she is. Click through to see — and shop — seven of our favorite Hart of Dixie short-shorts moments.
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