Wardrobe Staple: High-Waisted Shorts

May 11, 2009

Daily Digest

Wardrobe Staple: High-Waisted Shorts

“Cast not a clout ‘til May is out” is a saying my Mum comes out with each year when she sees the Nation stripping off at the first sign of sunshine.  The saying basically means that one shouldn’t wear summer clothes until May is over. The following day it usually rains and the same folk are back to covering up again, and so it repeats.

There is one item however, that I always keep on hand in my wardrobe for “in-between weather” days like these – and that is a pair of city shorts. I wear them with opaque tights on the chillier days or barelegged with a splash of fake tan on the few summer days when the sun does come out.

It was only a matter of time before high-waisted shorts made their way into my wardrobe, following the jeans, trousers and skirts predecessor versions.  The high-waisted style is flattering as it lengthens your legs and avoids any “muffin top” becoming visible.

Pictured here on the far right, TV presenter Alexa Chung casually struts her high-waisted shorts with a printed Marc Jacobs T-Shirt and sandals.

The opposite to Alexa’s fuller leg, slightly longer shorts, there are also those styles which come out at night, often replacing miniskirts and made of luxurious fabrics such as silk and satin. Take, for example, these slinky Marc Jacobs silk shorts worn by model Karolina Kurkova (pictured centre).

Chloë Sevigny also opted for a super short scalloped style of shorts, part of her allover Chloé outfit, where the hems of both her blazer and shorts are the same length.  Sevigny knows how to wear her on-trend blazer with the sleeves scrunched up.  However,  not everyone has killer legs like Chloe so it might be hard for us normal girls to pull off such a short style.

So we’ve seen who wears these shorts – now to the best bit, where to buy them.  The shops have high-waisted shorts galore so we had to narrow down the selection to a select few:

Top Shop have high waisted shorts similar to the ones Alexa Chung wears, which are now at steal at €16.50.

A much dressier version like Karolina Kurkovas are shiny silver-coloured city shorts curtesy of  Marc by Marc Jacobs (€187).

And finally, for a nautical twist on things choose these high waisted “naval” shorts available in navy or white from French Connection (€61).

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