10 Ways to Button up in a Shorts Suit

By Stephanie Chen

A cutesy cocktail dress, a body-hugging mini, or a glam mermaid gown --all standard fare for a starlet's closet. So when actress Amanda Seyfried stepped out on the red carpet recently in a metallic blue (and affordably eco-conscious!) H&M short suit, we felt a breath of fresh air. No longer is the suit confined to Hillary Clinton-esque connotations! Today's modern version comes in fresh new cuts, colors, and with a whole lotta leg.

If done right, a short suit can take you from morning meeting to your night on the town. Click though to see how other stylish celebs and designers are suiting up, and for tips on how to keep your look sharp this spring.

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  • Amanda Seyfried

    At the red carpet premiere of her movie In Time, Amanda balanced her mile-long legs with a high neckline blouse. Styling her hair in loose curls, rather than say, a tight top knot, also kept her suit from being too stuffy. To translate this look for work, try adding black tights into the mix to cover up your gams.

    Amanda Seyfried
  • Zoe Saldana

    Talk about unconventional--Zoe's tribal-printed suit, dressed down with a simple white tee, walks a fine line between edgy and polished. If you're wary about buying a printed suit, think of it this way: you'll get more mileage by wearing them as separates. Wear the jacket over jeans and a tee, or go to the next side to see how to wear printed shorts sans the matching jacket...

    Zoe Saldana
  • Rochelle Wiseman

    Voila! English singer Rochelle Wiseman took bright floral shorts, and slipped on a blazer that has one color in common with it, which is key. Nude shoes and a black tank top are a must when the rest of your outfit is this bright.

    Rochelle Wiseman
  • Kourtney Kardashian

    A clean, nautical palette of stripes, white, and gold touches gets a twist of neon lime by Kourtney Kardashian, and we like it! The breezy, flared cut of her shorts is ideal for weekend brunching and summer strolling.

    Kourtney Kardashian
  • Cameron Diaz

    At the premiere for Bad Teacher, Cameron managed to rock a short playsuit and still keep things classroom-appropriate by throwing an oversized to-the-hips jacket with cropped sleeves over her ensemble. Nude heels also made her legs look miles long, without being too sexy.

    Cameron Diaz
  • Michelle Williams

    When going full-on boardroom mode, a stately navy will never fail. In this outfit, pixie-perfect Michelle Williams livens it up with one quirky accessory: a clutch that looks like a book!

    Michelle Williams
  • Chloe Sevigny

    Another way to add a little flare to this borrowed-from-the-boys look: pay attention to feminine details. The cut-out scallop hem of Chloe Sevigny's high-waisted shorts gives this suit a sweet touch without taking away from its sophistication.

    Chloe Sevigny
  • Alison Brie

    It's not only the men of Mad Men that get to suit up. Actress Alison Brie recently wore a Chanel-inspired tweed short suit from Topshop, elevating the ladylike factor of her look with a sheer lace top.

    Alison Brie
  • Brandy

    For another take on ladylike tweed, Brandy dressed the formal fabric down with a white scoop neck tee, chunky accessories, and a soft side bun.

    Brandy
  • Sophia Bush

    One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush really goes for the gold here, and boy, she does not disappoint. In her sequined glory, she accents only with a basic black bag and pumps, and turquoise jewelry. Worn as separates, these gilded pieces will surely jazz up your wardrobe.

    Sophia Bush

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