Denim cutoffs may be the staple of a warm-weather wardrobe, but as temperatures continue to rise, well-dressed ladies like Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr are finding solace in printed shorts. What’s their appeal? Illustrated with all manner of motifs, including cheeky animal prints, picturesque beach scenes, and geometric patterns, these shorts are as stylish as they are eye-catching and exude summer’s easy vibe in all the right ways. A pitch-perfect choice for sun-soaked afternoons and balmy nights, see how some of your favorite fashionphiles are wearing this high-impact essential and shop similar styles.
Photographed out in NYC last week, the Aussie model showcased an affinity for cool blue hues in Isabel Marant shorts and a Scanlan & Theodore denim shirt, paired with an Aurelie Bidermann x Pierre Balmain bag and metallic Chanel flats.
Club Monaco Silvia Short ($70)
Last month in New York, Palermo took stylish dog walking to a whole new level of chic, adding playful flair to her tailored Joseph blazer and Kelly Wearstler Hutton Top ($295, 323.895.7880) with elephant-print shorts from the Banana Republic x Milly collection.
Theory Roushy Abstract Print Shorts ($129)
Arriving at the Diesel + EDUN Studio Africa event in Los Angeles back in March, the DJ caught our eye in EDUN’s Bleach Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($198) styled with the Belcor Fliners Blouse ($345) by Theyskens’ Theory, CC Skye’s Bright Love Lucite Clutch ($255), and Tom Ford heels.
J.Crew Vacationland Printed Silk Shorts ($168)
The Polish model took her Stella McCartney Olive Crepe de Chine Painted Spot Merit Shorts ($810, 212.255.1556) from day to night with the Embroidery Isadora White Shirt ($1454, 212.255.1556), also by Stella McCartney, and black pumps while out in New York earlier this month.
Tucker Snap Bloomer Short ($113)
Photo:Adam Katz Sinding
As seen on one stylish civilian, today’s look goes sporty with the addition of a graphic tee and backpack.
Clover Canyon Surf Shack Mini Shorts ($198)
Thanks to a common color palette, Burch’s Alex Short in Fossil Print (which were not produced) pairs harmoniously with the Kimball Jacket ($650, available at Tory Burch boutiques), Emmy Top ($250) in French Khaki/Daisy Stripe, and Marlow Loafers ($285).
Kensie Short ($48) in Sunglow
Among a mix of punchy orange hues, an oversized geometric motif is a standout.
Milly Beach Shorts ($200)
Print Silk Shorts ($557)
Metallic Jacquard Shorts ($168)
Jacquard Shorts ($24)
Flowing Printed Shorts ($50)
Crinkle Chiffon Shorts ($225)
Flower Print Shorts ($70)
Molly Printed Mini Shorts ($115) in Blue
Leopard Quilted Biker Shorts ($850)
Joba Shorts ($148) in Caviar