April 09, 2014

Your Spring/Summer Fashion Staples: Let's Talk About Shorts Baby

St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia

After months upon months of frigid winter weather in Canada's capital, who of us is not ready to bust out the shorts? But unlike the guy I saw wearing shorts and a t-shirt the other morning (there's a handful of these crazies every year) when the temperature was still below zero, shorts season is not yet upon us.

This being so, it's NEVER too early to start talking about shopping for spring/summer wardrobes and to decide on what shorts we have, what shorts we need and what shorts should be donated. The shorts that I own typically fall into one of two categories: shorts for work and shorts for play, with the former consisting of bermuda length shorts and capri length pants, and the latter having shorter (but not butt cheek showing since I am a mom) hem lines.

Different Lengths
There are so many different styles of shorts out there but generally shorts will fall into one of three length categories: short, medium and long (there is of course teeny tiny show your butt cheeks bootie shorts but that's not a good look for anyone). The short length are probably the most common and widely worn length because they show off the most of your lovely legs, they are comfortable, and they keep you cooler (or so it would seem). The mid length (which I am loving for this year) is a little more formal but still shows some leg while making them a bit more appropriate for family gatherings or mom duties. Then there is the long length or "bermuda" short, which is one that I would wear to work as they fall under the dress code and it allows me to avoid wearing long pants but also have a break from skirts and dresses.

Textile Choices
Well we all know that denim is the mainstay for shorts but there is also cotton, linen, leather, lace, chiffron, lycra, polyester, etc. Choose something that's going to be comfortable with a bit of give to it, especially if you live somewhere that is humid in the summer (mmmm humidity).

My Picks

For my summer wardrobe, I plan to add several pairs as I am seriously lacking in shorts. I have been lusting after a pair of black leather (or faux leather) shorts for awhile, I would love a pair with a laser-cut detail or scalloped hem. Floral shorts are a big trend this year (bandwagon will be jumped on) so I would love a pair with a beige or blush base and multicolored flowers. I really need a new pair of denim shorts but rather than buying the cutoffs with holes in them, I will be looking for a high-waisted pair with a hemmed cuff. Lastly, if I can find it in my fashion budget, I will also be on the look-out for a pair of lace shorts in an unexpected colour like green, mint, coral, yellow or magenta (just to keep things interesting).


Summer is Shorts!


Question for you!

What shorts will you be rocking this ss? How do you style your favorite shorts? Post your comments below! Thanks for your likes/shares!


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