It seems self-explanatory that every woman needs a good cache of shorts in her closet for summer—what’s a bit more challenging is figuring out how to style those shorts in creative ways, so that they’re appropriate for multiple occasions.
Below, celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott share their top five tips for how to dress up your favorite shorts this summer. Scroll down for a serious education in making the summer staples elegant enough for pretty much any event you’ve got this season!
Strike an ironic balance by pairing your short shorts with a boyish button-down shirt, blazer or tux-inspired shirt. Wear with brogues or wingtip oxfords for maximum tomboy impact.
Barneys New York Tuxedo Ruffle-Front Blouse ($425)
Wear silk, chiffon, and satin in big, billowy proportion to your shorts. A kimono over a cami, for example, can achieve this.
Let your earrings make a big statement. Keep your top simple—perhaps a plain white tee—and don't hold back in wearing your favorite dazzling earrings. Turquoise is perfect for summer!
Pull out your favorite stacked or platform heels—or maybe a fancy sandal—and instantly be dressier. Think summer hues: whites, brights, or floral prints feel seasonally appropriate.
Nicholas Kirkwood White Lasercut Leather Heels ($410)
Robert Clergerie Joella Two-Tone Wingtip Oxford ($417)
Wear your short shorts with special accessories—like a metallic or animal-print belt. Piles of gold necklaces, layers of little sparkly rings, and an unexpected dressy clutch will also add a lot to your look.
Alexander Wang Croc-Embossed Envelope Clutch ($650)
Bianca Pratt Gold Number "8" Charm Necklace ($275)
Sarah Chloe Small Diamond Heartbeat Necklace ($689)