Dress Shorts

Dress Shorts
Thursday, November, 29, 2007 As we have officially entered the holiday season, the celebratory (forced or otherwise) nature of this time of year calls for lots of going-out clothes. While 'tis the season for party frocks galore, sometimes wearing a dress just feels like a lazy choice-zipping one up doesn't require much thought! For those readers who want to think slightly outside the typical festive ensemble, perhaps you'll take some inspiration from today's Still Loitering: Dress Shorts.

One of the reasons dress shorts remain so popular with celebrities is no doubt due to their duality: they're both daring and demure. While they're traditionally casual daywear, shorts are an unexpected choice for night, look quite chic when worn correctly, and are far more modest than a mini.

Whether you wear a loose blouse like Nicole Richie or choose a fitted top like Gwen Stefani, just make sure you incorporate some shine or slightly fancy fabric into your look. You can accomplish this in lots of ways; for example, pick a silky top (Rachel Bilson), satin shorts (Lindsay Lohan), or patent leather pumps (Mischa Barton). Also, as you're exposing a significant stretch of leg, you'll want to refrain from showing too much skin elsewhere-notice how the above ladies are otherwise pretty covered?

Stefani's own line L.A.M.B. currently make black velvet High Waist Shorts ($145) that are quite similar to the pair in the above image. We also like Chloe's Silk Blend Shorts ($540) as well as the tap pant vibe of the Satin Short Shorts by Elizabeth and James ($250). Topshop also has scads of super cute shorts, from the military-style of the Stripe Shorts ($60) to the cuffed and eggplant-colored Sheeny Pleat Pocket Short ($60).

Photo of Gwen, Splashnews.com. Photo of Lindsay, Pacific Coast News.
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