Summer 2014: The Right Way To Wear Short Shorts

Short shorts are the essential wardrobe item for 2014, but there are a million ways to wear them. Mini-shorts are the perfect outfit for summer weather, whether you are looking for dressed-down casual or something more tailored.

Classic denim hot-pant shorts are a must-have this summer, but there is a fabulous choice of style to suit your every mood. Distressed denim is big, with such features as frayed hemlines, zip or button closures, and turn-up hems. Some designs also have additional features including lace motifs and frilled hems. Denim shorts can be worn with or without belt, and are the ultimate in versatility, looking great with with a loose-fitting blouse, a skimpy crop-top, a classic tee or matching denim jacket.

For something a little out of the ordinary, try a black cheesecloth pair, teamed with a paisley print shirt featuring blouson sleeves and button loop closure for a gypsy-style ambience. Chiffon leopard print shorts, worn with plain black vest top and jewelled flip-flops, make a wonderful outfit for an evening out, whilst a striped version with drawstring waist and turn-up hem, worn with loose tee and mules, makes quintessential beach wear. And for a feminine touch, choose shorts in a rich floral print with narrow waist belt – perfect with little crop top or vest top.

But short shorts look just as fabulous with upmarket tailoring for more formal appeal. Try a pair of white tailored shorts with a hint of culottes style, teamed with a white lace cutout blouse fitted with upper mesh panel. Overlaid with a tailored jacket with scooped hemline, and high heel ankle-strap sandals, this creates an outfit that is the essence of summer cool.

You could opt for white tailored shorts in a sparse paisley print, worn with feminine chiffon blouse with neck bow, together with a Chinese-inspired boxy jacket with matching paisley pattern and border print with scarlet highlights. Or perhaps a pair in navy chiffon with mini-floral print with narrow bootstrap belt. These look wonderful when teamed with loose-fitting cream chiffon blouse with long sleeves and strappy sandals. And chequered monochrome shorts worn with a dark V-neck sleeveless top, and casual delicate pink blazer with concealed pockets and long sleeves makes a beautiful ensemble for any occasion.

With so many variations on a theme, you will have no problem finding the right way to wear short shorts that is unique for you.

The featured photo and the one below is of Petra Karlsson wearing sunglasses from 80’s Purple, short shorts from Zara, white top from H&M and shoes from Choies

Julie Sarinana is wearing a short shorts from Urban Outfitters, T-shirt from Acne Studios, white blazer from H&M and sandals from Isabel Marant

Julie Sarinana is wearing a short shorts from Urban Outfitters, T-shirt from Acne Studios, white blazer from H&M and sandals from Isabel Marant

Kristina Bazan is wearing a white top and black shorts from Zara

Kristina Bazan is wearing a white top and black short shorts from Zara

Christina Caradona is wearing a top and short shorts from American Eagle and a bag from Lancaster

Christina Caradona is wearing a top and short shorts from American Eagle and a bag from Lancaster

Zoe Jonak is wearing a striped off the shoulder top from H&M, short shorts from Levi's, bag from Balenciaga and sunglasses and hat from Urban Outfitters

Zoe Jonak is wearing a striped off the shoulder top from H&M, short shorts from Levi’s, bag from Balenciaga and sunglasses and hat from Urban Outfitters

Kenza Zouiten is wearing a black and white top from IvyRevel, black short shorts from Zara, bag from Balenciaga and the sunglasses are from Prada

Kenza Zouiten is wearing a black and white top from IvyRevel, black short shorts from Zara, bag from Balenciaga and the sunglasses are from Prada

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a trench coat from Derek Lam, polka dot short shorts from J. Crew, bag from Givenchy and the sunglasses are from Karen Walker

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a trench coat from Derek Lam, polka dot short shorts from J. Crew, bag from Givenchy and the sunglasses are from Karen Walker

Kristina Bazan is wearing a top from Zara, shorts from Zara, shoes from Alexander Wang and a bag from Céline

Kristina Bazan is wearing a top from Zara, shorts from Zara, shoes from Alexander Wang and a bag from Céline

Sharareh Sophia is wearing a shorts and top both from Nelly and Nike sneakers

Sharareh Sophia is wearing short shorts and top both from Nelly and Nike sneakers

Kristina Bazan is wearing short shorts from Chloé, white top from Anine Bing and shoes from Valentino

Kristina Bazan is wearing short shorts from Chloé, white top from Anine Bing and shoes from Valentino

Victoria Tornegren is wearing shoes from NLY, black mesh sweater, short shorts from Minimum, beanie from ASOS and sunglasses from Rayban

Victoria Tornegren is wearing shoes from NLY, black mesh sweater, short shorts from Minimum, beanie from ASOS and sunglasses from Rayban

Frida Grahn is wearing a pair of white short shorts from New Yorker, denim shirt from JC, bag from Chiquelle and sunglasses from Asos

Frida Grahn is wearing a pair of white short shorts from New Yorker, denim shirt from JC, bag from Chiquelle and sunglasses from Asos

Gala Gonzales is wearing a fringed crop top and suede shorts from Tamara Mellon

Gala Gonzales is wearing a fringed crop top and suede shorts from Tamara Mellon

Petra Karlsson is wearing sunglasses from 80's Purple, short shorts from Zara and a white top from H&M

Johanna Olsson is wearing a cream shirt from Zara, black short shorts and the bag and sunglasses are from Givenchy

Johanna Olsson is wearing a cream shirt from Zara, black short shorts and the bag and sunglasses are from Givenchy

Annabelle Fleure is wearing white shorts from Trina Turk, lace top from Cameo, clutch from Thale Blanc, blazer from Helmut Lang and the shoes are from Saint Laurent

Annabelle Fleure is wearing white short shorts from Trina Turk, lace top from Cameo, clutch from Thale Blanc, blazer from Helmut Lang and the shoes are from Saint Laurent

Annabelle Fleur is wearing a pink blazer from Choies, chequered short shorts from Finders Keepers, v-neck from Banana Republic and a boy bag from Chanel

Annabelle Fleur is wearing a pink blazer from Choies, chequered short shorts from Finders Keepers, v-neck from Banana Republic and a boy bag from Chanel

Sheryl Luke is wearing a paisley top from Fifteen Twenty, black short shorts from Zara and the bag is from Coach

Sheryl Luke is wearing a paisley top from Fifteen Twenty, black short shorts from Zara and the bag is from Coach