The world’s fashion press has been obsessed lately with men’s shorts. Not that long ago, the world seemed shocked that jeans had broken the $600 mark and now Tom Ford has rocked the racks with his $650 tennis shorts. Giorgio Armani upped the bar with his $720 cotton madras below the knee drawstring shorts. I thought I’d redirect our focus to the best in women’s shorts for this summer season. From the European to the American runways, designers presented shorts that work no matter what your signature style is.
If your personal style is somewhere between Sporty and Posh Spice, then Stella McCartney has the look for you. Her satin short shorts with a flirty mini overskirt are the perfect option to show off the results of your spring yoga-lates and spin training. If you need – or simply want – a little more coverage, then opt for a classic below the knee pair from the king of American sportswear, Michael Kors. His classic wide cuffed chinos are perfect for everything from running errands around town to sunset cocktails at your favorite beach resort.
Although I’m generally not a fan of shorts worn with stockings in the summer, I must admit I love the contrast of shorts and tights in the winter. If you’re a fan of bold graphics or perhaps have some imaginary figure flaw that none of your friends can see but you nonetheless want to hide, opt for Viktor and Rolf’s black-and-white op art look. I absolutely adore the optical illusion of the pattern that makes your legs look long and shapely – or is that longer and shapelier? Regardless, you’ll be sure to turn heads – in a good way – in this traffic stopping ensemble.
Jessica Simpson may have traded her Daisy Dukes for mom jeans, but you don’t have to. If you’ve got miles of legs, then by all means show them off. D Squared, long renowned for their American cowboy-influenced designs, offers the most perfectly tailored dark denim shorts in a length that is surely illegal in most states. Even Hermes, that revered bastion of French fashion went western themed with their high-waisted short shorts paired with a knee length duster-inspired coat. The longer coat over shorts look gives you the option of covering up if you need to as you travel between destinations and has the added bonus of inspiring flasher fantasies among any construction workers you may encounter on your way.
If you prefer your skirts and your shorts just above the knee, then choose YSL’s softly draped silk ones. You’ll float on a cloud of chic-ness as you go from lunch to shopping. The undeniable luxury of the fabric only enhances this chic safari look, giving you the air of an exotic world traveler. If you thought that a â€œladyâ€ – let alone one who â€œlunchesâ€ – wouldn’t be caught dead wearing shorts, then designer Alessandra Facchinetti has proved you wrong in her second, and unfortunately final collection, for Valentino. In the bright red satin that has long been the brand’s signature, she has created a ladylike suit with mid-thigh shorts that would look equally â€œcorrectâ€ at any society luncheon spot or even summer cocktails for a charity.
Finally, keep your shorts short and your cocktails as long as your legs when you step out for the evening in Kris Van Assche’s summer tuxedo. Just leave the fishnets next to your stripper pole at home and opt for a killer evening bootie or you run the serious risk of looking like a refugee from the cast of Cabaret. Remember, fashion is what you make of it. You don’t have to wear shorts just because they’re in fashion or seasonally appropriate. Choose the ones that fit your lifestyle and you’ll always look great!
1. Stella McCartney Spring 2009 RTW
2. Michael Kors Spring 2009 RTW
3. Viktor and Rolf Spring 2009 RTW
4. D Squared Spring 2009 RTW
5. Hermes Spring 2009 RTW
6. YSL Spring 2009 RTW
7. Valentino Spring 2009 RTW
8. Kris Van Assche Spring 2009 RTW
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