Who Wears Short Shorts?

We’re sailing into summer and that means tank tops, spaghetti straps, ice cream and, of course, shorts!  But of all the styles of shorts that are available, how do you know which ones suit you?  At Style Savvy, we have a very easy way to isolate which shorts you may want to buy.  Let’s talk about lengths, fabric, colors and prints and then see how you feel about your purchases.  Ok?

Not sure if Nair is still around - but “shorts ready” legs are always a good thing!

Not sure if Nair is still around - but “shorts ready” legs are always a good thing!

Let’s look at fabrics.  Of course, there are hundreds of different materials to use to make shorts but I want to focus on “the big 5”- linen, cotton, denim, silk and polyester.  Now, the polyester is an endangered species and I will not cause the death of another polyester, (LOL)  so I don’t recommend buying shorts fabricated from it.  I think it’s  too slick and  it doesn’t breathe as well as natural fabrics.  However, when it’s used in conjunction with them, it lends a no-crease, moisture wicking aspect to the fabric.  So.....as a personal stylist, I suggest looking only for blends having 50% or less poly.  That ratio will allow the natural fabrics to breathe, and make them less prone to wrinkle.  

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Next on the hit parade are shorts made of cotton.  Cotton creases badly when damp with perspiration and the only way you can get the wrinkles out is to wash and iron it.  It is, however, the lightest and most breathable of the summer fabrics.  Many stores sell cotton shorts, such as J.Crew, Banana Republic and Nordstrom.

Paper-bag Cotton Shorts in Seersucker - J. Crew

Paper-bag Cotton Shorts in Seersucker - J. Crew

Shorts made of silk or linen will also crease badly but the linen especially can look chic when creased.  There are people who look great in wrinkled linen and then there are those who look like unmade beds.  If you’re one of the latter, stay away from this fabric!  If you’re of the former group, embrace the linen!  J. Crew has a great line of linen shorts with matching halter sweaters tanks.  

Point Sur Shorts in Loden Green - J. Crew

Point Sur Shorts in Loden Green - J. Crew

Sweater Tank - J. Crew

Sweater Tank - J. Crew

As for silk, it’s so light that I personally forgive it for creasing.  It makes a dressier short and works for going out in Las Vegas in the summer.  

Cami NYC - Cluda Silk Georgette Shorts - Saks Fifth Avenue

Cami NYC - Cluda Silk Georgette Shorts - Saks Fifth Avenue

Denim shorts are very “in” right now and even though they’re trendy, they’re still the clothing version of a food group.  Heavy and light denim, colored vs. blue, distressed or not, every woman who wears jeans and is willing to show off her legs should be wearing denim shorts this summer!

High-Rise 3” Denim Shorts - Banana Republic

High-Rise 3” Denim Shorts - Banana Republic

Liverpool Frayed Hem Denim Shorts - Nordstrom

Liverpool Frayed Hem Denim Shorts - Nordstrom

White Denim Short - J. Crew

White Denim Short - J. Crew

Shorts are available in many different lengths and a rainbow of finishes.  You can buy everything  from short shorts (1 inch inseam) to Bermuda shorts which come down almost to the knee.  The lengths you buy should be determined by how revealed you want your legs to be, how young you feel and where you’re planning to wear your shorts.  As your stylist, I would suggest at least a three pack of denim shorts-a short distressed pair, a longer pair, perhaps mid thigh or longer and a pair of white denim shorts.  Add to your collection with a pair of dressier shorts, either silk or linen and round it out with a couple of pairs of cotton shorts, loose and cool.  Now you’ve got the basics and can add in other styles, colors and lengths as your confidence in your shorts-wearing increases.  

Mid Rise Cotton Twill - Old Navy

Mid Rise Cotton Twill - Old Navy

Piazza Sempione Checkered Bermudas - Saks Fifth Avenue

Piazza Sempione Checkered Bermudas - Saks Fifth Avenue

There are always trends and as I said, denim is the hot number right now, but it’s always stylish too.  Cotton, linen and silk will always be in style-they’re timeless and classic.  So buy yourself some classics and add in a few trendy pieces as your budget permits.  Experiment.  Think outside the box.  And always remember. “Trend” is today but “style” is forever!!!!