Coming Up Short
Is it safe to bid adieu to that whole in-between weather thing yet? Though the sun has us itching to do away with the bulkier bottoms of seasons past and finally get a little leggy, we're not looking to turn to the usual denim, cotton or leather standbys just yet. With an emphasis on both prints and texture, designers are getting wise to the return of the short-suit, resulting in the comeback of the coordinate. The suited-up short instantly lends polish to those more low-key warm weather staples, like worn vintage tees and paper-thin tanks.
Look for weightier fabrics, like jacquard, tweed and twill, a slightly higher-rise waist, as well as details like voluminous but polished pleating and subtle side slits. Suited-up shorts offer an alternative that delicately straddles the line between festival-ready and (dare we say it?) office appropriate.
Zara Floral Shorts, $80, zara.com