Dress It Up

Dressy shorts. A contradiction in terms, right? However, I have seen them more and more in the last few years, and I must say, I'm a convert. Previously I always thought of shorts as casual, and really only wore them with flip flops or Converse. However, dressy shorts worn out at night with heels can be such a cute look. I admit, I am not a skirt wearing person for the most part, so I guess they speak to me. They are short (like a skirt) but way, way more comfortable. And sexy! They look great with a blouse, a blazer or a loose tank top. Heels are the way to go if it's an evening out, but for a dressy lunch or day event, they are really cute with flats as well. I think they are a great option when you are not sure how dressy an event will be and you are torn between a dress and pants. Obviously, they are not appropriate for some events (a wedding is one that comes to mind) but for dinners out, or drinks with friends, or a summer party, I think they are a great choice. I'm even seeing them on the red carpet!

One of my all-time favorites (and it's on the red carpet!) Love the black on black

Olivia Palermo in black shorts with a white blouse at an event

Olivia (again!) is a big fan of the shorts trend and I actually see her utilize the look more than anyone

Charlize Theron in a cute short suit! I feel like this could go anywhere, from dinner and a movie, to a party.. whatever. 

These are longer Bermuda shorts, but it works. Love this!

Leather top and dressy shorts - love the heels

Adorable! I love the mix of the girly pink with edgier black heels - perfection

As for where to get them, I've seen great dressier shorts at J. Crew, Loft, Nordstrom, Banana Republic and especially at Zara. Zara does a dressier short a lot, often with a matching jacket. It's really all about the fabric. They can be short or long, but the fabric needs to be dressier than cotton, either a gabardine, rayon, wool, or a blend. Think dress pant, but shorter.


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