Style Advice of the Week

A few seasons ago, short suits ran rampant across the spring 2012 runways. Raf Simons sent out a couple looks clad in the now-coveted paisleys at Jil Sander, whereas Amy Smilovic of Tibi went with a few relaxed designs in refreshing sorbets. Jill Stuart also gave the trend a whirl, showing Ruby Aldrige in her blush-colored take perfected atop a charming peter pan blouse.

Short suits gave new meaning to professional work attire. The nine to five grind no longer felt buttoned-up — finally, you could take a breather and get into that “Casual Friday” mindset a bit earlier in the week.

Whether or not you took advantage of the trend when it first hit the scene, this Fashionista proves the short suit’s staying power. She seamlessly integrates the look into her fall wardrobe by dressing up her white shorts with a red blazer and a blue blouse with a scalloped neckline. In a move that speaks to her fashion-forward mentality, she slid on a pair of flats in the new neutral: leopard print. Sleek curls and a fuchsia lip put the finishing touches on her easy-going yet refined look.

The short suit can be approached one of two ways: a matching set inspired by those displayed on the runways or a mixed ensemble similar to the one seen on this Fashionista. To achieve the former look, go all out in a coordinating plaid blazer and pair of shorts from Topshop. The deep shades married with the plaid print will be vital to your style this season, while hinting just a tad bit to Cher from Clueless. For an outfit true to this Fashionista’s style sensibilities, complement J.Crew’s chino shorts in port wine with Zara’s ink blue jersey blazer. A loose, basic blouse tucked into your shorts will make for an outfit that takes you from work to play and everywhere in between.


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