Alessandra Ambrosio's Leggy Look Earns Major Style Points

Right about now--the start of BBQ season--is when shorts start to play a major role in our repertoire. And after seeing the outfit Alessandra Ambrosio wore while running errands in Beverly Hills last month, we’ve never been more eager to break out our favorite cutoffs. The model’s leggy look, which consists of Ella Moss’ Lila Shirt ($148), Car Mar The Kevin Shorts ($168, 310.271.2727), Gerard Darel’s Simple Bag ($510) in Coral, and Chloe’s Leather Wedge Sandals ($760), exudes an easy-chic vibe that’s perfect for casual weekend outings and reminds us that high-waisted shorts can be a flattering choice when worn with the right pieces. We break down the success of her ensemble, plus show you how to achieve a similarly stylish result in this month’s Why It Works story.

Top: When showing this much leg, proportions are everything. Choose a conservative button-front blouse or tee to balance your shorts’ up-to-there cut. On another note, we love how the stripes on her shirt offer a fresh riff on the nautical trend.
Similar Essentials: Vince Breton Striped Boat Neck Top ($195); J.Crew Engineered Striped Cotton-Jersey Top ($45); LC Lauren Conrad Striped Chiffon Blouse ($31).

Shorts: Pay attention to fit. Cutoffs that are slightly loose around the leg and sit high on the waist will flatter your figure and keep your look feeling pulled together. 
Similar Essentials: Current/Elliott The High Waist Distressed Denim ($178); J Brand High Rise Shorts ($165); BDG Button Fly Cuffed Denim Short ($49).

Bag: Introduce a splash of color with a red tote. The roomy bag is a great way to store any additional layers--like a scarf or lightweight sweater--you might want when the sun goes down.
Similar Essentials: Longchamp Roseau Crocodile-Embossed Tote Bag ($475); Tory Burch Ella Tote ($250); Lacoste New Classic Large Tote ($150).

Shoes: A low wedge heel in an understated hue adds just the right amount of height, lending the casual outfit a chic finish.
Similar Essentials: Manolo Blahnik Izione Ankle-Strap Wedge Sandals ($695); Madewell Slotted Cross Wedge Sandals ($158); DV by Dolce Vita Jobin Double-Buckle Wedge Sandal ($89).