Shorts have a brief period of appropriateness when it comes to women. Like sexy halter tops or micro minis, they are a piece of apparel that look best on those on the younger side of 30 with to-die-for legs.
That said, there are lots of dressy shorts this season, a holdover from the sequined-tap-shorts-worn-with-tights look that was so popular with retailers this past winter.
But a few style tips to remember when wearing this trend: For leaner lines, keep the fit tailored with a flat front. Crisp cuffs and pocket details add an elegant touch. And tops should hit at hip level or higher to avoid overpowering the silhouette.
Ann Taylor, the former working woman's go-to store that has zazzed up its collections the past few seasons, offers the vintage-style Resort Shorts ($78) with a removable tie sash. Wear them with the store's cropped herringbone bouclé blazer ($188), a patterned tee and a pair of platform espadrilles — now you have a summer suit for casual afternoon gatherings or evenings out.
For added interest, choose a bold color such as the Polished Short ($45) from White House Black Market that comes in a vibrant orangey red. Wear them casual with a pair of flat sandals or dress them up with a T-strap heel.
An affordable option that's easy to care for is the linen-blend tie-belt short at Old Navy. Just $22.50, this style is machine washable and available in hues of blue, white and canvas.