When the weather heats up, denim shorts are perfect for sitting poolside or hitting the beach. But when the sun goes down or you’re dressing for an event that requires a bit more class than your Daisy Dukes, it doesn’t mean you have to trade shorts for a skirt or pants. With the right styling, you can beat the heat and keep the legs-for-days effect of shorts while still looking put-together. Lucky for you, celebs have already been spotted looking smart in shorts on the red carpet and the street. Don’t have a stylist? Let Rochelle Wiseman, Mila Kunis, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley show you how to dress up in shorts.
Tip #1: Coordinate shorts and a blazer for a summer suit.
Shorts suits are a favorite with celebs, but you don’t have to splurge for one to get the same effect. The Saturdays’ Rochelle Wiseman paired a lemon yellow blazer with tropical-print shorts and a tank to create a summer suit that’s perfect for a casual wedding or garden party. She picked two colors from the floral pattern of her shorts and used them to color block on top. You can also match your shorts to a blazer for a more intentional suit-like effect. Wiseman accessorized with an oversized clutch in the same yellow color, and elongated her legs with nude cap-toe heels.
1. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Oversized Clutch – $450; 2. J. Crew Perfect Fit Tank – $18; 3. Michael Antonio Love Me Suede 2 – $49.99; 4. Bar III Tropical Floral-Print Shorts – $49; 5. Pim + Larkin Colette Blazer – $79
Tip #2: Metallics take your shorts into the night.
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It can be tricky to style shorts for evening without looking cheap or underdressed, but Mila Kunis nailed it at Cinemacon in Las Vegas. She used chic tailoring and luxe fabrics to elevate her shorts for a look that could easily transition to night. Kunis styled her gold metallic shorts with a blush chiffon top tucked in at the waist for a ladylike silhouette, throwing on a structured blazer to complete this flashy but sophisticated look.
1. Topshop Floral Metallic Pink Shorts – $60; 2. Silence + Noise Boyfriend Blazer – $78; 3. Gold Dust Shimmer Shorts – $34; 4. French Connection Creole Crepe Top – $118; 5. KG by Kurt Keiger January Platform Stiletto Peep Toe Court Shoes – $78
Tip #3: Go glam in a pair of embellished shorts.
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Beading is blooming on everything this summer, so why not wear the trend on your shorts? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her legs at Coachella in a pair of J Brand / Christopher Kane. Embellishments are undeniably romantic when paired with a crisp tailored top like Huntington-Whiteley’s tuxedo blouse. Look for pearls, beading, appliqués, and metallic embroidery in soft colors, and keep the rest of the outfit neutral for a look that’s polished with just the right amount of glitz.
1. Mango Quilted Messenger Handbag – $44; 2. Topshop Pearl Embellished Shorts – $100; 3. Aimee Ankle Boot – $239.95; 4. J. Crew Thomas Mason Fabric Tuxedo Shirt in Strip – $150; 5. Asos Premium Short with Beaded Flower Embellishment – $27.83