STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Get Shorty

Style Advice of the Week

With the exception of snowsuits, I have always felt that no piece of clothing is truly seasonal. Winter whites trump the “no white after Labor Day” rule and pastels are no less cute in January than they are in June. Following this “exception to the rule” trend is shorts. Fashionistas around the district are redefining their winter wears by rocking their shorts regardless of what the thermometer reads. With only tights to protect girls’ gams from the elements, Daisy Duke would be proud!

I spotted this Fashionista cutting through the GW metro area on the way to her class. After taking one look at her extraordinary ensemble, I knew it would be a fashion crime to let this outfit go unphotographed. Her vintage Levi’s high-waisted cut offs look great in the light wash and the heavy distressing makes the shorts truly unique. The black DKNY opaque tights under the jeans are a great juxtaposition and make the bright blue color of the jean pop without drawing away from the intricate details of the shorts. This Fashionista paired her dapper denim with a vintage '80s cropped turtleneck Whistles London sweater. The sweater’s stripes break up the rest of the outfit’s solids while the muted dark charcoal grey and navy coloring keep the main focus on the silhouette of the apparel. She tops of her outfit with a warm J.Crew chino jacket, Nine West lace-up boots and a fun vintage Etsy pin.

Ready to surpass the clothing confines of old seasonal standards? Thankfully, much of the fashion world has gotten on board with the concept of year round styles. Urban Outfitters constantly carries a variety of high-waisted shorts in a wide range of styles, including vintage and reworked vintage. Aussie brand, One Teaspoon, offers trendy distressed shorts with artistically designed silhouettes. If you are a sucker for colors, Wildfox makes shorts in bold hues and fun acid washes and RUNAWAYDREAMZ create beautiful hand dyed and embellished shorts that are truly one of a kind. For those willing to break the bank a little, Mecca denim brand, J Brand, offers amazingly tailored high-rise shorts in coated fabrics and deep washes. To score a pair of good tights to pair underneath your shorts, Woldford or Madewell are always solid picks. If you would rather opt for more basic shorts with boldly dyed tights, American Apparel or We Love Colors will fufill your every crayola-colored need.

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Who likes short shorts?? Well the simple answer is, we all like short shorts- denim to be exact. They have been creeping back into our wardrobes since they departed us last autumn in favour of their lengthier friend, Mr Jean (or Mrs Jean, we are equal fashion opportunists of course). Paired with nylon tights and on many occasion a staple Breton top, the denim short short is this springs ‘new urban chic’. The premature introduction to the denim ‘hotpant’ is not something we haven’t seen before, as it was signature urban fashion dweller Ms. Moss who craved our need to drag such a springtime contradiction to the forefront.

This week’s Fashionista creates a mishmash of colours and fabrics such as pastels, earth tones, black, and navy on show, with leather, cotton and of course denim also thrown into the mix. The element that holds this unstable foundation together is the wash of the shorts themselves. They are a medium to light wash that wholly contrast every other component yet not unlike the classic LBD, a neutral denim wash can really be paired with almost anything-including your winter nylons. This look is effortless and stylish and can be just as easily worn without the nylons as the summer approaches.

Denim shorts are not too hard to find, yet a good fit and wash are a little bity more challenging. Kate’s signature goto denim hotspot is her all time fave Topshop, and she is not alone in such an alliegence, as Alexa Chung and Nicole Richie are all massive followers. Just like these celeb Fashionistas the denim short will no doubt be on show at this years summer festivals, so instead on your dark cottons, wear your denims with some dark and contrasting boots or Hunters.

Hint: Girly delicate fabrics in creams and whites will look beach chic this May, June and July. Topshop's gorgeous hippy-esque fine poncho will do just the trick!
 

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