Printed shorts are the natural evolution of those printed pants we lived in all Winter long. With Spring finally here, we love nothing more than the idea of livening up our basic tops with everything from flat-front to pleated to more-modest bermuda shorts, all in a kaleidoscope of prints and colors. The best part of these are how incredibly versatile they are. For daytime, add on a tee and strappy flat sandals. For night, take a page out of Solange Knowles's how-to book on wearing a rocking shorts suit with sexy heels. Ready? Head inside to see and shop your soon-to-be favorite pairs.
Last season might have been all about print-on-print-on-print, but Spring's latest leans toward a more subtle way of styling your bold patterns. At the Diesel and Edun Studio Africa party in LA, brand ambassador Solange Knowles showed us how to style printed shorts (one of our seasonal must haves) for a look that's high on impact, but not over the top. The key to getting this trend right is finding the perfect pair of statement shorts — we suggest a pair that's not too tight and not too short — and pairing it with minimal accompaniments. Solange's abstract-print cuffed Edun shorts pop against her white Theyskens' Theory sheer-sleeve blouse, while gold metallic sandals add just the right amount of shine to her party look. For added pop, Solange polished off her ensemble with a modern Lucite CC Skye clutch ($295) and gold rings. Easy, right? Shop our editors' selection of printed shorts, then get to styling!
Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise stopped by a sports camp at Chelsea Piers, Katie looking schoolgirl chic in a pair of black bird-print shorts. She coordinated her bottoms with a white collared blouse, topped with a chunky off-white cardigan. Her go-to Isabel Marant booties dressed her feet, her tan woven bag hung off her shoulder, and these Oliver Peoples round metal sunglasses ($405) shielded her eyes. Re-create Katie's boyish sweet look by working printed shorts — like these equally sweet polka-dot shorts by Love Ady ($34, originally $48) — with a blouse, an oversized knit cardigan, and ankle boots.
Kate Bosworth looked impeccably chic in a sleeveless silk Equipment blouse ($188) and printed shorts while spending time with boyfriend Michael Polish in LA. We particularly love that she buttoned up her blouse all the way and tucked it into her high-waisted shorts for a more dressy, polished feel. Westward Leaning sunglasses, a vintage-inspired Tom Ford shoulder bag ($3,690) , and black ankle-strap sandals added further cool to Kate's warm-weather ensemble. To get in on Kate's Summer-style formula, shop our favorite sleeveless blouse and printed shorts combinations below.
Selena Gomez layered up in a graphic tee, denim vest, and printed shorts while spending the day in LA with boyfriend Justin Bieber. Her colorful Tolani scarf, bevy of Lisa Hoffman Beauty bracelets ($65), and a monogrammed Louis Vuitton bag amped up her Summer style, while her lace-up leather boots injected a touch of rock-n-roll. Re-create Selena's look with a graphic tee, denim vest, printed shorts, and moto boots for a day date with your beau, or push the envelope in a pair of liquid leggings when the temperatures cool down. Shop similar pieces to get Selena's look now.
Kelly Ripa was spotted taking a stroll around NYC, and though she wasn't on vacation, we think her white blouson top and dotted shorts, both from J. Crew, would be perfect for your next getaway. Kelly's breezy top was the ideal contrast to her fitted short shorts, while her accessories — colorful Tom Binns beaded bib necklace, classic aviator shades, and wedge espadrilles — added major spice to her look. Plus her black crossbody bag allowed her to be hands-free during her walk. If you're starting to pack for your upcoming vacation, consider re-creating Kelly's ensemble for a daytime sightseeing mission. Then later on, swap the blouson top for something more fitted to carry you through the night. Shop similar pieces below to get Kelly's latest look.