Choosing the right shorts

June 23, 2009 7:04:15 PM PDT
It is finally summer in Chicago and that means it's officially "shorts" season! Most women don't realize just how versatile shorts can be - they can look sexy for a night out on the town or even look work appropriate in some office settings. The trickiest part about choosing a pair of shorts is finding the right length and style based on your body type. Here are a few tips from Erica Strama from The Shops at North Bridge. Look 1: Denim Shorts
Model: Katie
Store: Lucky Brand
Tip: The Daisy Dukes look is over. Choose a style that is both sleek and
figure-flattering. The Bermuda short is making a comeback!
Denim Bermuda shorts - $69
Printed ruffle neck cami ? $59
Flower pendant necklace - $59

Look 2: Petite
Model: Megan
Store: White House I Black Market
Tip: If you are on the shorter side, it's best to wear a shorter length of short to show off more leg. Shorts that hit at the knee can make you look shorter than you are. Also, a little heel can provide some added length.
Print-tie top - $88
Black short shorts - $68
Black strappy heels - $88
Bangle bracelets - $68

Look 3: Work Appropriate
Model: Corvet
Store: Nordstrom
Tip: If you carry your weight through the hips/thighs, it's best to wear a neutral color on bottom and a brighter color on top to draw the eye upward. Neutral colors are also best when wearing this look to the office.
Khaki city shorts - $38
White button-down - $118
Orange & magenta cardigan - $58
Franco Sarto "A-Glare" brown wedges - $60
Bangle bracelet - $42

Look 4: Soccer Mom
Model: Holly
Store: Nordstrom
Tip: Cut-off sweats are not an acceptable excuse for apparel. Busy moms can choose styles that are both flattering and comfortable. Pair with stylish flats when you're "on-the-go".
Side-tie mocha shorts (from bp department) - $34
White t-shirt - $16
Blue hoodie - $55
Jack Rogers "Navajo" sandal - $94.95

Look 5: Country Club Chic
Model: Jennifer
Store: Tommy Bahama and Nordstrom
Tip: Plaid shorts should never be too tight or too short. Instead, choose a style that hits mid-thigh to just above the knee. Keep your top and accessories simple so that your shorts are the focal point.
Pink and white plaid shorts - $132
White tank - $118
Chocolate brown cardigan - $132
Betsy Johnson charm necklace - $58 (from Nordstrom)
French Connection sunglasses - $40 (from Nordstrom)

All fashions available at The Shops at North Bridge, 520 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 327-2300 www.theshopsatnorthbridge.com


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