Short Stuff

When walking past all the happy hours I couldn’t attend last night, my alcohol craving was briefly distracted by a bad pair of shorts in the crowd. I stopped and casually stared for a minute, shocked that someone would actually wear something like that out in public. It never fails that a random person will make a bigger style mistake than whoever I complained about before.

Not only were they denim and far too tight – a combo that should never be mixed – but the shorts also had a huge white stripe across the back. I wish it wasn’t rude to snap pictures of such a gorgeous sight, but my kind description is probably telling enough. The stripe brought attention to an area that wasn’t so fit, making the girl’s butt look even bigger. Sorry I’m not sorry for telling the truth?

I hesitate to buy shorts, especially when I’m shopping online. Fits and sizes run differently depending on the brand, and I don’t really enjoy the process of trying on clothes anyway. Though a horizontal white line across your butt should always be avoided, there are some short styles that can work for you. Always a fan of patterns, I’m loving most of the ones on Shopbop right now. When you’re lacking outfit inspiration, which all of us do sometimes, a patterned short makes it easy to throw on a plain top and go.

$148 BCBGMAXAZRIA Kyle Shorts

$198 Nanette Lepore Gossip Print Shorts

$361 Peter Som Bamboo Print Shorts

$275 Rag & Bone Charlie Geo Print Shorts

Prints are nice and all, but so are solid wardrobe pieces. Alice+Olivia, Elizabeth and James, and Vince offer short styles that fall under a dressier category, and I also really like the casual denim selections from Current/Elliot and J Brand.

$168 Citizens of Humanity Manic Short

$235 Elizabeth and James Colby Shorts

$195 10 Crosby Derek Lam Cuffed Shorts

$110 Rich & Skinny Venice Shorts

$60 Madewell Trouser Detailed Chambray Shorts

$150 Current/Elliott "The Boyfriend Shorts"

So whether you’ve got your eye on denim, silk, lace, or leather, at least one pair of shorts is probably a smart investment for spring. And regardless of if it’s by a designer you like, trying on shorts is crucial to a proper fit. Just don’t let anyone tell you that a white stripe across your butt looks good, because someone like me will eventually speak the truth.


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