Short & Sweet: From City to Beach

As temperatures finally rise, we think it time for an ode to shorts. Not just any run-of-the-mill shorts, but those that are tailored yet relaxed, blurring lines between youthful and serious. A pair to wear from street to sand.

‘City shorts’, a relatively new concept, first arrived to the scene as a variation of women’s business suits during the democratic dressing movement of 90s and never really left, permeating the spring/summer wardrobes of cosmopolitan gals everywhere.

Today's slightly more casual version  is a fashionable hybrid that is an opportunity to display your pins, yet more pared-back than a skirt. We love the ever-so-slightly androgynous take by Olivia Palermo (1st below) and blogger Jules Sarinana (6th below).

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On shorts: a personal account from the blog editor
Shorts are the one thing that I can literally wear throughout an entire vacation. (Not the same pair!) Yet in fact, sometimes the same pair as it so happened on a trip to Barcelona, hence please take as a cautionary tale.

Despite being burdened by EasyJet’s draconian baggage restrictions, I managed to pack most of what I had been lovingly referring to as my ‘resort pieces’. For day one, I slipped into a pair of loose-fitting tailored shorts in a distinctive tribal pattern in the morning, which I wore on the way to the beach with a linen top over my bathing suit, and all afternoon while walking around the city. Come evening, I had envisaged dressing up into something a little more elegant - say, a dress - for dinner at my fave restaurant in the city, Boca Grande. But I wore the shorts (brought to new life, I thought) with metallic sandals and a silk camisole. I’d like to say that I’d gone on to mix it up a little bit in the days that followed, but they were much the same. Barca’s beaches, street, restaurants, as well as my Facebook friends saw me relentlessly in these shorts. Nothing else was as flattering, comfortable and versatile, and I only wished I had more in this shape.

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L-R: Broderie Anglaise Cotton Shorts (Net-a-Porter Exclusive), Chambray Shorts, Cotton Pintuck Shorts, Poplin Pineapple Shorts 

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Chinti and Parker Printed Silk Shorts

Collage images: oliviapalermo.com, whowhatwear.com, sincerelyjules.com, trendsurvivor.com, style-laboratory.net