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Shorts Outfits for Grown-Ups

These styling ideas will kick shorts skeptics to the curb.

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Kick off your summer wardrobe by investing in one the season's hottest trends: the short. Haven't worn shorts in decades? Get inspired by the sophisticated new options flooding your favorite sites. Choose from varieties long and short, opt for a pair with pockets, go for cotton, linen, or silk—the choices are aplenty, but that wasn’t always the case. Women once fought for the right to wear shorts at all; they were even outlawed in several states. Eventually the bans against shorts were lifted and the '50s brought a boom in short shorts, publicized by pin-up girls, while longer Bermuda styles were popularized for everyday wear. Today, the leg-revealing bottom has had another fashion renaissance starring on the spring 2020 runways at Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, and Dior. Don't shy away from playing with proportions and prints. Pair them with blazers and button downs. Add on elevated accessories. Ahead, five shorts outfits that are all grown up.

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1 Casual Fridays
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Office-goers are known to invest in at least one well-fitted suit for the boardroom. Why not splurge on an ultra polished short? Pair them with the matching jacket or wear alongside a knit cardigan and a hardware adorned loafer. Accessorize with a cross-body bucket bag for a practical hands-free approach.

1. Zara Knit Jacket, $17.99; 2. Jennifer Behr Earrings, $250; 3. Gucci Shorts, $1,768; 4. Mango Bucket Bag, $49.99; 5. Tory Burch Loafer, $328

      2 Spin Class
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      Suitable for high intensity cycling classes, these technical shorts are the perfect solution to take you to-and-from the gym. Don't work out? Sport them for errands around the neighborhood with a minimalist ribbed cardigan that hits at the thigh.

      1.Max Mara Leisure Cardigan, $350 ; 2. Aritzia Top, $58; 3. Collina Strada x Charlie Engman Shorts, $86; 4. Zara Bucket Bag, $29.90; 5. H&M Sandals, $29.99

      3 Weekend Attire
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      These high-rise belted jean shorts don't fall into the typical jorts category. They're in a league of their very own. Add feminine flare with a ruffle sleeve top, plus a wicker bag and printed bucket hat for an idyllic summer look.

      1. Rhode Top, $195; 2. Dodobar Or Bucket Hat, $65; 3. Symonds Pearmain Shorts, $335; 4. H&M Shoulder Bag, $49.99; 5. Loewe Lace Up Flats; $550

      4 Luncheon Look
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      Pair a silky suit short with a tailored jacket and delicate accessories. Your polished shorts ensemble will win at family gatherings and business lunches alike.

      1.Veronica Beard Jacket, $390; 2. Banana Republic Earrings, $19; 3. Dolce & Gabbana Scarf, $319; 4. Albus Lumen Silk Shorts, $361; 5. Ann Taylor Clutch, $98; Chanel Shoes, $1,200

      5 Vacay Vibes
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      These linen shorts do double-duty for your vacay wardrobe. Wear it sightseeing, to lunch under a palapa, or as a beach coverup with your favorite summer accessories.

      1. Asceno Linen Shirt, $294; 2. Cala de la Cruz Bikini Top, $167; 3. Eileen Fisher Shorts, $128; 4. Soraya Hennessy, $325; 5. J.Crew Slide Sandals, $98

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