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We heart: Dressy shorts you can wear practically anywhere

Shorts are no longer reserved for the boardwalk. Dressing up your favorite summer staple is all about choosing the right patterns, cuts and accessories. Shorts can be a fun substitute for a skirt, whether you’re headed out on a date or to a family dinner.
 

Pick your pattern

Give your fave denim cutoffs the day off and experiment with wild patterns and designs. Pair them with a chambray button-down on top to make the print really pop.

 

Wild Animal Print Shorts, $15, forever21.com


Khaki is back

These pale shorts are a great way to show off that neon top or leopard print blouse, while still looking put-together. Pair them with colorful flats or bold wedges.

 
Front Tuck Dressy Shorts, $19, papayaclothing.com

 

Legs in lace

A little lace will draw lots of attention to your legs.  Pair with a neutral top and low heels for dinner with the fam. On a group date, add a fitted leather jacket for an edgy but sweet look.

 

Lily White Lace Shorts, $38, nordstrom.com

True blues

Don’t forget about denim just yet. Pair your denim shorts with a fun blouse and a fitted blazer for a professional vibe. Avoid shorts that are either too tight or too short if you’re headed to work or to Grandma’s house.

 

Single Button Sateen Blazer, $37, charlotterusse.com

 

Cuffed Denim Shorts, $16, forever21.com


by Simone Shapiro | 2/1/2016
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