On a recent lunch break, we discovered one trend that seems to be taking New York City by storm: shorts suits. Some women went for a casually draped blazer paired with strappy heels and a sexy silk cami. Others went for classic black, tailored to perfection and ready to blend right in at a conservative office environment. No matter what vibe, style or silhouette these ladies were rocking, they all looked equal parts chic and cool (literally). This summer-ready spin on the classic workwear staple adds just the right amount of edge while still remaining office-appropriate and AC-proof. Here are four ways to embrace the knee-baring style this summer—because it’s bound to take over your city soon. 

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Start Simple with a Classic

Yes, you could jump right in with a pair of billowy shorts and a cropped blazer, but why mess with a classic? Imagine your favorite tailored suit, just cut off at the knee and voilà! You’ll look just as polished in this Bermuda short silhouette as you would in a full trouser, with less risk of overheating.

Get the look: Gap blazer ($118) and shorts ($40); J.Crew blazer ($198) and shorts ($70); Wilfred T-shirt ($35); Staud bag ($195); Jaggar sandals ($118)

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Don't Be Afraid to Play with Patterns

It’s a suit, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to austere colors or classic finishes. Go bold in mismatched plaid, zebra stripes or polka dots. Even better if you mix and match prints for a super-cool power-clashing moment.

Get the look: Ei8htdreams blazer ($444) and shorts ($165); Ganni blazer ($360) and shorts ($190); Just Female blouse ($120); Talbots bag ($60); Bella Vita heels ($100)

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Use Accessories to Keep Things Cool

A perfectly tailored gray set will always be chic. But adding a trendy bucket hat and classic white lace-ups gives your suit a fresh new appeal and a cool California vibe (no cutoffs or Hawaiian prints required).

Get the look: ASOS blazer ($87) and shorts ($45); Cupcakes and Cashmere blazer ($103) and shorts ($58); TDE x Revolve hat ($25); Vans sneakers ($60)

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Let Saturday and Sunday in on the Fun

Loose, draped suits (especially in super-breathable fabrics like linen) were basically made for easy weekend wear. Keep your tailored separates on the breezy side of things with simple sneakers and a lightweight tee. Try this look out while hitting the birthday circuit with the kids and then throw on some heeled sandals for date night at the wine bar.

Get the look: ASOS blazer ($72) and shorts ($35); Mango blazer ($100) and shorts ($60); Everlane T-shirt ($25); Converse sneakers ($55)

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