A summer staple gets a sophisticated makeover
If you think that shorts come in only the camp-counselor and too-skimpy varieties, think again: This season, several brands have debuted ladylike shorts that are just the right length and don't scrimp on style.
Phillip Lim's pleated silk shorts ($295) are a stunning example of the designer's talent for creating beautiful silhouettes. The grapefruit color and knotted belt add playful touches, while the relaxed fit adds an appropriate amount of intrigue.
If you're looking for variety in your bottoms, J. Crew's classic chino shorts ($42 to $45) come in several vivid hues and three flattering inseams (3, 5 and 7 inches). There's a pair for every set of legs.
Who knew Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen had such mature taste? The Jacques shorts ($148) from their Elizabeth and James label feature a funky three-button closure and slanted hip pockets that perfectly balance the just-above-the-knee fit and basic khaki color.