Shorts – once relegated solely to backyard BBQs and Summer beach parties – have taken a suddenly chic turn and become a standby for both dressy and casual attire. I vividly remember refusing to wear shorts from about the age of 15 to 21 (my mother thought I had completely lost my mind), but I finally gave in when the Atlanta heat proved too powerful for my feeble attempts at keeping cool in rolled up jeans and cropped pants.
I don’t know what prompted my very strong aversion to shorts, but in the same way that I stubbornly stopped eating bacon for 4 years only to later question why in the world I would give up something so tasty, I too have now embraced shorts and look back at my years of covered legs wondering what the heck I was thinking.
How do you feel about shorts? Before you make up your mind for good, know that there are lots of options in a variety of lengths and for a range of different body types. While I now own my fair share of kick-around shorts, I am also drawn to more tailored, dressy options that work just as well with a nice blazer as they do with a comfy tee. See a few ways to style one of my favorite BurdaStyle shorts patterns and let me know how you rock (or why you don’t rock) your shorts!
Option 1: Tailored for the Office
Last week I pulled together a post highlighting a few fashionable suggestions for the workplace and while I didn’t add a shorts option, a sleek version paired with a tailored blazer is an office-appropriate way (depending on your job, of course) to give your shorts a professional twist.
Options 2: Fun and Funky
As easily as shorts can be casual and laid back, they can also be fun and fashion forward – it’s all in what you pair them with. A bright purse, a bold statement necklace and a trend-friendly lace top are all great ways to give your shorts a fresh kick.
Option 3: Casual Cool
For a quick weekend getaway, toss on a boyfriend button-up, desert boots and a perfectly broken-in denim jacket to give a casual, tomboy twist to chic shorts.
Shorts popped up in more than a few designers’ Resort and Spring collections….
Tailored for Spring:
From left: Spring looks by Jason Wu, Akris, Bottega Veneta and Erin Fetherston.
Fresh and Funky for Resort:
From left: Resort looks from Prabal Gurung, Brioni, Jason Wu and No. 21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua.
Even a few celebrities have been snapped wearing their shorts out on the town…
From left: Olivia Palermo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Daisy Lowe in virtually the same outfit!
And of course some of our fantastic BurdaStyle members have put their own unique spin on shorts with their sewing projects….
So now you tell me: shorts or no shorts. What’s the verdict?
All images via Style.com and Google images. Mood boards made via Polyvore.