10.28.2009

Short Story

Kittens I’m beginning to think I’m the biggest fool on the planet. Here I was depriving myself of splurging on a pair of shorts simply because the weather has transformed from sultry and sweltering to brisk and beautiful, when such a change in the forecast should certainly not dictate whether or not one outfits oneself in accoutrements more common during the warmer months. Just as you do not cast your miniskirts aside when winter sets in, there is absolutely no reason to bury your shorts in the back of your closet where they are destined to collect dust until summer once again rolls around. Non, it’s certainly more worth your while to make shorts a part of your wardrobe year-round, simply by adding a few more sophisticated selections to your trousseau, and taking a middling amount of styling tips from Blair Waldorf herself.

Current/Elliott “The Boyfriend Short with Studs” I’m truly not being ornery here by stating this so bluntly, but honestly, I think there is no more amazing way to wear a pair of embellished denim like The Boyfriend Short with Studs than by tossing them over a pair of opaque black tights. During the spring and summer months you have the option of donning them with bare legs; but come fall and winter, the layered look will keep you warm while retaining classic savoir faire. Slip your feet into a pair of matching black booties or ballerinas to trick the eye into believing that your legs go on for miles – it’s a sneaky way to boost confidence and attract suitors; two things I’m sure Current/Elliott certainly didn’t anticipate when they crafted such a fabulous piece!

Arden B. “Sequin Boy Short” Darlings New Year’s Eve is just around the corner; thus, if you feel uncomfortable displaying sequins year-round, now is the time to do so – after all, everything shimmers like a disco ball around the holidays so why not your derriere? Arden B.’s Sequin Boy Shorts are perhaps your best sparkling selection. While they have the cut of risqué hot pants, metamorphosing them into something elegant is an absolute cakewalk with mile-high heels and tights. Admit it, when embellished with these stunners your lower half is bound to burble with the same type of enthusiasm as an about-to-pop bottle of fizzy champagne – and really, who can resist that?

The Gap “Wool Shorts” I never thought my fascination with Oliver Twist’s wardrobe would stretch beyond my love for newsboy hats, but I simply can’t resist the brown tweed sophistication of The Gap’s Wool Shorts. There’s something very high-fashion about the oh-so-affordable garment that effortlessly bridges the gap between city-chic and street urchin. Attribute it to the minute pleats embellishing the front or the cuffed-leg openings that mimic a très slouchy yet undeniably smart silhouette which make it easy to hold fast to your dapper style when donning them in the office or during nights spent on the town – either way they spell fabulous and are destined to become a staple in your fall wardrobe. Don’t deny it dolls, Charles Dickens would be proud.

Urban Outfitters “Fletcher by Lyell Silk Tap Short” All those years of childhood dance lessons did not prepare me for the excitement that overwhelms me each time I spot ballerina-inspired tulle, tights, or, in this case, Fletcher by Lyell’s Silk Tap Shorts. Silk is a powerful material – seductive and sensual; whisper soft to the touch, yet raucously noisy in terms of sight. Therefore it is a fabric that every girl should have in her life; and the best place to start is, without a doubt, a pair of shorts that will slither over your body in the sauciest of ways and make you feel like a graceful gazelle with the power to dance your heart out, even if you were born with two left feet. The high-waist works wonders when partnered with a blousy, romantic top; while the wide leg invokes a Hefner-esque, pajama-like comfort that is simply irresistible. These shorts were made for taunting…cute boys, that is!

Robert Rodriguez “Leather Shorts” I see it as an unspeakable tragedy for any proper female of the Twenty-First Century to have a wardrobe devoid of a pair of leather shorts. If the runway has taught us anything over the past year it is that we don’t have to feed our leather cravings simply via scandalous bralettes or bustiers covered up with bulky sweaters or bomber jackets. As long as done tastefully, we can channel our inner biker babe and rock luscious leather in a statement-inducing way capable of making heads turn – case in point, Robert Rodriguez’s Leather Shorts. A cuffed hem and longer length balance out the lacquered look of the style producing a covering that easily works with bare legs or patterned tights. Now all you need is a Harley and you’ll be the belle of the biker ball!



Ready for a short story all your own, darlings?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop, Forever 21, The Gap, and Urban Outfitters for the pictures.
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65 comments

Diane said...

i'm LOVING the sequin short shorts! so sassy!
and the tap shorts from UO are delightful. i must run out and get a pair!

i haven't worn shorts over tights in a long time...probably since i was in middle school. back then i had COUNTLESS dressy shorts that i would pair with bold tights. i guess i was a little ahead of my time.

miriam said...

the boyfriends shorts are fantastic. give me give me!

Keith said...

I don't see why a pair of shorts can't be worn all year round. As long as you keep the season in mind, you can definitely still wear them. I like these looks here.

Jaime said...

I looove the the Gap pair! I need to get my F21 pleather ones! :)

Jacqueline said...

I love sequin shorts, but have yet to get a pair. I also like the wool ones. I love how you can pair everything with tights and it makes your outfit so right =) hehe

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Leah said...

Now you gave me an inspiration. I packed a gray wool shorts but I haven't had the chance to wear it yet. I'll be making my short story later. Hugs!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I want those wool GAP shorts so bad!! They are adorable and so perfect for fall. I'm strange, so I feel silly wearing denim shorts with tights in the winter. It's a fabulous look but I can't bring myself to do it. But those wool shorts are something I definitely want to try!

janettaylor said...

I really love those shorts especially the leather one. I do need to buy a similar pieces! :-)

XoXo

kpeach said...

Those Gap shorts are way cute-and I applaud the chicks who pull off the sequins xx

Rina said...

I just love The Boyfriend Short with Studs!!!

Winnie said...

Some really great ideas here!

Amy said...

I love the Gap shorts with the boots and tights....Great Blog!!

Amy said...

ok yes the black shorts are sassy but I'm lovin the boots and the tights with the shorts from the Gap!! Go figure!!

Couture Carrie said...

Ok I neeeed those sequined hot pants in my life!

xoxox,
CC

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love the Arden B shorts for a night out and the Gap shorts for when I need to be ehem...more professional. I have actually been waiting for winter to wear shorts so I can hide behind tights and leggings!


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meraldia said...

I think shorts are very sexy! I wish I had thinner legs!

ana said...

Yes Darling! this is my absolutely favorite Look for this season!!! I'm wearing in fact something similar right now :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm wearing the sequined ones with my world's tackiest dress.

Closet Cravings said...

Lovin' the Gap "Wool Shorts" - very fall and fabulous. I think tights or leggings are a great way to wear shorts in the fall without getting chilly. =)

J. said...

I love the sequin boy shorts, but I am not sure I could pull them off. Gorgeous though!!

Dina's Days said...

I don't think I can pull of denim shorts in the winter, but wouldn't mind those wool ones. I love this trend, and admire girls you do it so effortlessly. (ps, I answered your primer question on my page :) )

Little Red said...

Loving the Current/Eilliot shorts and the wool pair from Gap. I've been wanting a pair of wool shorts for the fall and these are just what I'm looking for! I'll definitely be checking them out.

Tights Lover said...

I love the sequin shorts! I'm so obsessed with sequins lately. Great post!

KIRAFASHION said...

Very chic!
I am planning to buy one from Levis!

Sherin said...

I haven't tried shorts and tights yet, but can't wait to now.
I'm loving those denim shorts.

Sam said...

Boyfriend shorts - how cool is that top pair!! They are very "In" in Sydney at the moment too - everybody who's anybody has got a pair it seems! :)

un petit lapin said...

Wool shorts are a great buy for winter! I want a pair of sequin shorts but I'm afraid of looking like a fool in them hehe..

All Women Stalker said...

Ohhh this is the best way to baptize my new tights.

-meream

Savvy Gal said...

i would just pair shorts with tights and boots. i saw a pair of wool highwaisted shorts at armani the other day and it was paired with a ruffle sweater and tights and heels. super cute.

jayne said...

hmm I'm still mixed about whether to wear shorts with tights, but these are nice finds

Erin said...

Those gap shorts look so cozy!
as for the leather ones...I need something like that in my wardrobe.
and your comment made me smile :)
I used to wear bright red cowboy boots, a tutu,a bathingsuit, a pirate patch and fairy wings every day from about preschool to second grade (I think I took off the fairy wings after kindergarten) so I'm not one to talk about bad judgements when I was younger. But isn't that what experimenting is all about?

Kristin said...

Erika, you have SO tempted me into rocking sequin shorts for NYE!!!

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E said...

I really like those Arden B babies! I want to rock them with black tights!

tricia said...

I absolutely love the Wool Shorts look with the brown tights! It is a perfect example of how shorts can still be utilized in Fall weather. I think that these pictures are a great way to show how to pull off the shorts and tights look.

Ediot said...

those jeansshorts look so great.

Ediot said...

those jeansshorts look so great.
hope youre doing great. take care xx

Ediot said...

those jeansshorts look so great.
hope youre doing great. take care xx

Eri said...

Hi there,

I just came across your blog and much enjoyed it.
Loving the leather shorts, a strange combination but it looks very cool!

See you soon.

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wreckedstellar said...

I should totally do this trend this year! Love it with combat boots!

x ws x

The Pocket Stylist said...

Love shorts with Tights and boots I wear it when ever possible.

Great post.

AudreyAllure said...

oo the sequin boy shorts look adorable!

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bryna said...

i love the sequin shorts but i am not quite sure if i could get away with them!

Secretista said...

Love this look!

Leila said...

I love the Gap shorts, very cute.

Emily said...

I love the sparkly ones so much!

eternelmode said...

I'm a big fan of the english countryside look so the Gap "Wool Shorts" would be something I would invest in immediately...with the assumption that I have money to spend (unfortunately I don't :P )

C'est la vie.

But all the shorts look spectacular! :D

S.Elisabeth said...

Love shorts =) way more comfortable than jeans. i wish i lived in eternal summer so i could always wear mine!

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

I'm getting some leather hot pants er shorts, sooo excited!
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michelle_ said...

i think we should all treat shorts as if their like skirts . you can always pair them with tights (as done in some of these pictures).. i love the wool tweed pants very much . reminds me of that Oliver look :)

Taylor Sterling said...

they are all so cute! I love the Urban Outfitter pair. I haven't tried this look yet, but thinking I may now!

MizzJ said...

Ooh those wool shorts are a chic idea! I'm not sure about leather ones, I've seen some people pull it off fabulously, but I'm not sure that I would be one of them lol

Allison said...

Mmm, those sequin shorts are like, beyond perfect for New Years Eve! And those Gap shorts - with the perfect pair of tights and boots... I'm swooning right now!
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Valencia Lia said...

I really want want the sequin shorts and those shorts from UO !! Beautiful:)

And thanks so much for your well wishes girl <3 <3

nookie said...

too cold for shorts right now,even with tights but I love the current /elliot pair:)

Stéphanie said...

I love shorts !

Inspiration in Italy said...

You always post the most stylish pieces, love them all! How perfect for winter is this look?! Also the jean shorts with studs are amazing.

Baci! xx
Rachel

Penelope said...

The sequined shorts are crazy and really fun! GREAT for going clubbing with; but there's no way I can pull that off!

yiqin; said...

Very cute shorts :)

daisychain said...

How funny, I decided to winterise my denim shorts with tights today.

I love the sequin pair, so much.

daisychain said...

How funny, I decided to winterise my denim shorts with tights today.

I love the sequin pair, so much.

ko0ty said...

I've been buying a lot of shorts lately too and not ready to give it up just because winter is here. I'm glad I live in a mild climate though. =P

somedaynewyorker said...

THose sequin shorts are so cute.

gleenn said...

I was smitten by this gap wool shorts too. i really loved it a lot that i made an ensemble of it. ;)

dot said...

LOVE the Gap shorts, that's my first choice.

To my surprise, I also love the Current/Elliot boyfriend with studs, and that might be how it's styled in that shot, the black tights extending into those gorgeous booties.

I was so tired of that look last spring - we had so much cold weather here, & everyone was chomping @ the bit to wear their denim shorts, that it became a uniform. But it's funny how a new silhouette: the higher heel of those black booties - makes it look fresh & new again.

To my surprise, I love the leather shorts but again: it's the ensemble that does it for me. As for the sequin tap shorts: I've got them in leggings & haven't found a time to pull them off, I fear in the wrong hands those tap shorts could go terribly, terribly wrong. I think you'd have to be very careful with the top, it should be very clean lines. Let the shorts do the talking.

They'd look great with the same jacket & white tee as in the leather shorts top.

Okay, that's my pearls of wisdom for today!! x

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