Six Ways To Wear Tailored Shorts This Season

Six Ways To Wear Tailored Shorts This Season

Put the word “tailored” in front of an article of clothing and that piece is instantly elevated. When applied to shorts, the casual spring staple goes from weekend-only to office and evening-appropriate. It’s that kind of versatility that makes tailored shorts newly appealing, and explains why stylephiles such as Gwen Stefani, Alexa Chung, and Julianne Hough are all fans of this new essential. Over the last couple of months, we’ve noticed a group of influencers wearing more structured shorts, and find their top-notch styling choices, from a bright monochrome shorts suit to a preppy stripes and denim mix, wholly inspiring. Keep reading for more ways to wear this key piece all season long.

WHO: Julianne Hough 
WHAT: Visiting Good Day in Philadelphia to promote Safe Haven.
WEAR: NoNoo Royal Blue Cotton and Silk Octavia Blazer with Vest Detail ($460), Tailored Sybil Short ($295), and Georgette Blouse with Beaded Collar and Cuffs ($525); Monique Lhuillier shoes.
WHY: A black blouse with an embellished collar and strappy heels take a navy shorts suit from the boardroom to after-hours cocktails.
Get The Look: Elizabeth and James Heather Blazer ($495); Topshop Ponte Boyfriend Blazer ($70); Diesel Black Boxy Sequined D-Aidil Blouse ($200); Acne Bonnie Tailored Linen-Blend Shorts ($210); Dorothy Perkins Navy Button Detail Short ($25).

WHO: Gwen Stefani 
WHAT: Out and about in Los Angeles back in November. 
WEAR: Thierry Mugler Structured Blazer ($1282) and bag.
WHY: A clean, tailored silhouette keeps a busy plaid print feeling refined.
Get The Look: Smythe Pagoda Blazer ($595); Rochas Checked Woven-Silk Shorts ($1025); Sanctuary Grey Plaid Wool-Blend Cuffed Shorts ($29); Jeffrey Campbell Hanger Leather Raw Bootie ($165).

WHO: Olivia Munn
WHAT: Celebrating the opening of the Tommy Hilfiger West Coast Flagship store last month.
WEAR: Tommy Hilfiger Navy/Cream Plaid Blazer ($448), Blue/White Striped Cotton Oxford ($78), Runway Denim Short ($228), Leather Clutch ($128), and Runway Leather Platform Pumps ($378, all available at Tommy Hilfiger Flagship stores).
WHY: Denim shorts with a high-waisted fit and dark wash bring polish to preppy separates, like a striped shirt and heeled loafers.
Get The Look: J.Crew Boy Shirt ($88) in Stripe Linen; Urban Outfitters High-Rise Button-Up Short ($54); Forever 21 High-Waist Denim Shorts with Belt ($20); Lands’ End Hargrave Mid Heel Loafers ($99).

WHO: Karolina Kurkova
WHAT: Arriving at a private dinner during Art Basel in Miami Beach back in December.
WEAR: Elie Saab Stretch Crepe Jacket with Ruffle Detail ($1700), Blouse (price upon request) and Shorts(price upon request, available at Elie Saab stores); Kotur bag; Azzedine Alaia heels.
WHY: A vibrant monochrome short suit is playfully modern, but still feels sophisticated.
Get The Look: Alice + Olivia Elyse Blazer ($367) in Neon Pink; Halogen Three Quarter Roll Sleeve Blazer ($99); Equipment Signature Silk Shirt ($125); Topshop High Waist Jersey Shorts ($50); J.Crew 5” Chino Short ($45).

WHO: Joan Smalls
WHAT: At a screening of In Vogue: The Editors’ Eye in New York late last year.
WEAR: Maje top; Prabal Gurung shorts; Saint Laurent boots.
WHY: A leather top and brocade Bermuda shorts exude downtown insouciance, proving the look doesn’t always have to be so buttoned-up.
Get The Look: T by Alexander Wang Leather Back-Zip Tee ($550); Bailey 44 Vaca Faux Leather Tee ($174); Michael Kors Metallic Brocade Shorts ($795); Elizabeth and James Stevie Metallic Jacquard Shorts ($245); LC Lauren Conrad Brocade Shorts ($15).

WHO: Alexa Chung
WHAT: On the red carpet at the 2013 Brit Awards. 
WEAR: Valentino top and shorts; Jimmy Choo shoes.
WHY: A matching top and shorts set translates into a chic evening alternative, especially when paired with ladylike heels.
Get The Look: Reiss Theo Tweet T-Shirt ($150) in Peppermint and Sally Pocket Front Shorts ($180) in Peppermint; Loft Floral Dream Print Structured Shell ($55) and Linen and Cotton Shorts ($45); Mango Boucle Shorts ($50).

 

Images of Olivia Munn and Alexa Chung, courtesy of Getty Images; Images of Gwen Stefani and Julianne Hough, courtesy of Splash News; Image of Karolina Kurkova, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency

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Heather Blazer

Heather Blazer

Elizabeth and James, $495
SHOP
Ponte Boyfriend Blazer

Ponte Boyfriend Blazer

Topshop, $70
SHOP
Black Boxy Sequined D-Aidil Blouse

Black Boxy Sequined D-Aidil Blouse

Diesel, $200
SHOP
Bonnie Tailored Linen-Blend Shorts

Bonnie Tailored Linen-Blend Shorts

Acne, $210
SHOP
Navy Button Detail Short

Navy Button Detail Short

Dorothy Perkins, $25
SHOP
Structured Blazer

Structured Blazer

Thierry Mugler, $1282
SHOP
Pagoda Blazer

Pagoda Blazer

Smythe, $595
SHOP
Checked Woven-Silk Shorts

Checked Woven-Silk Shorts

Rochas, $1025
SHOP
Grey Plaid Wool-Blend Cuffed Shorts

Grey Plaid Wool-Blend Cuffed Shorts

Sanctuary, $29
SHOP
Hanger Leather Raw Bootie

Hanger Leather Raw Bootie

Jeffrey Campbell, $165
SHOP
Boy Shirt

Boy Shirt

J.Crew, $88
SHOP
High-Rise Button-Up Short

High-Rise Button-Up Short

Urban Outfitters, $54
SHOP
High-Waist Denim Shorts with Belt

High-Waist Denim Shorts with Belt

Forever 21, $20
SHOP
Hargrave Mid Heel Loafers

Hargrave Mid Heel Loafers

Lands’ End, $99
SHOP
Elyse Blazer

Elyse Blazer

Alice + Olivia, $367
SHOP
Three Quarter Roll Sleeve Blazer

Three Quarter Roll Sleeve Blazer

Halogen, $99
SHOP
Signature Silk Shirt

Signature Silk Shirt

Equipment, $125
SHOP
High Waist Jersey Shorts

High Waist Jersey Shorts

Topshop, $50
SHOP
5

5" Chino Short

J.Crew, $45
SHOP
Leather Back-Zip Tee

Leather Back-Zip Tee

T by Alexander Wang, $550
SHOP
Vaca Faux Leather Tee

Vaca Faux Leather Tee

Bailey 44, $44
SHOP
Metallic Brocade Shorts

Metallic Brocade Shorts

Michael Kors, $795
SHOP
Stevie Metallic Jacquard Shorts

Stevie Metallic Jacquard Shorts

Elizabeth and James, $245
SHOP
Brocade Shorts

Brocade Shorts

LC Lauren Conrad, $15
SHOP
Theo Tweet T-Shirt

Theo Tweet T-Shirt

Reiss, $150
SHOP
Sally Pocket Front Shorts

Sally Pocket Front Shorts

Reiss, $180
SHOP
Floral Dream Print Structured Shell

Floral Dream Print Structured Shell

Loft, $55
SHOP
Linen and Cotton Shorts

Linen and Cotton Shorts

Loft, $45
SHOP
Boucle Shorts

Boucle Shorts

Mango, $50
SHOP
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