How To Wear Dressy Shorts

By Marisa Swanson

For the last two spring/summer seasons, dressy shorts have inundated the runways. This relatively new concept breathes new life into warm weather dressing and gives you a wealth of options beyond the erstwhile skirt and dress options. Whether you choose a metallic pair for a night out or a longer silky style to sport on casual Friday at the office, you're looking at a trend that not only has staying power but is as versatile as a pair of black skinny jeans or pants. Take a look at some of the latest offerings from designers and draw motivation for your own wardrobe stylings.

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  • Rachel Zoe

    Cream or white shorts are the perfect homage to a warm spring or summer day. Light and airy, keep the shorts on the side of loose fitting to avoid VPL and other too-tight pitfalls. Balance them out with a pair of heels or espadrilles and a feminine top.

    Rachel Zoe
  • Rebecca Minkoff

    For cocktails or a hot date, nothing says dressed up like a touch of metallic thread. These gold shorts are paired perfectly with a black top to balance out their eye-catching status. Pair them with sexy stilettos and a sleek clutch to finish the look.

    Rebecca Minkoff
  • Balmain

    Have killer gams? Show off your efforts in the gym with a pair of ultra short hot pants. Wear a pair of bejeweled sandals to tone down the sex appeal, making them daytime appropriate.

  • Chanel

    If you only buy one pair of shorts, let it be a pair in black or navy. You can dress them up or down with heels or add an edgy vibe by pairing them with ankle boots. A simple pair of flats will give you casual sweetness and a pair of tights underneath will transition them into fall.

  • Rebecca Minkoff

    Never underestimate the power of peach or pink to up the feminine ante of your look. With so many of us stuck in a gray or black rut, these add a pretty touch to your wardrobe. Pink looks smashing with gray and navy, so feel free to pair it with a top you already own.

    Rebecca Minkoff

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