If You Wear Short Shorts, Dos and Don’ts

18th August

Do you consider your gams to be among your finest physical assets? Well then by all means, don’t hide them under a midi dress – at least not all the time and certainly not during this exceedingly hot summer! 

Now:

I’m not suggesting that you go around in a Daisy Duke getup. Among the short shorts I have observed this summer, I have come to the conclusion that there are definitely Dos and Don’ts when it comes to wearing short shorts. Let me share some advice I gleaned while style-watching, particularly in New York City and Milan.

Do:

Wear cuffed denim shorts. The cuff detail is minimal but adds more interest (style) and polish. It also keeps a snug hem from appearing to dig into the leg. 

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New York City

Do:

Wear your short shorts with something which adds to your style quotient. I’m talking about the star-spangled Chuck Taylors (to the left, below) or the faded denim jacket to the right of her. The muse to the far right makes cutoffs and the 90s overall-with-one-strap-down thing work! Savvy coordination – retro red headband, clean white tee, and black gladiator sandals – makes for a virtually timeless look. 

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NYC

Don’t:

how to wear short shorts

NYC

Do:

how to wear short shorts

Milan

Do:

Walk with confidence in your short shorts (or short skirt). Of course, it’s even easier in a posse! 🙂

how to wear short shorts

Milan

Do:

how to wear short shorts

Milan

Do:

Play up contrast, pairing ripped cutoffs with a gauzy, flouncy, ruffled off-the-shoulder top – while matching accessories: beige hat with black border and beige sandals with black straps. 

how to wear short shorts

You may have seen this last muse in previous posts: she demonstrates so much of what is right about Milanese and shorts style.

Whether you are in New York where styles tend to be more urban, edgy, sometimes a bit gritty, or in Milan where even casual looks are wonderfully coordinated for balance, interest, and taste, short shorts can be a stylish answer to hot summer days in the city. What’s your favorite way to wear short shorts?

XO, Janea

 

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