Summer Shorts

When temps heat up, chic shorts become an integral part of our warm-weather wardrobes. That's why we're delighted to bring you a curated selection of the very best in today's inaugural Market Watch story,which was partially inspired by the urban ensemble in Theyskens' Theory's S/S 12 collection: the Junko Fipel Jacket ($545) layered over the Byonie Blouse ($495) and paired with printed Pwall Ikabyles Shorts ($375). The structured jacket teamed with pajama-inspired shorts is a cool city-girl look--and offers a fresh way of wearing summer shorts. While casual denim cutoffs or classic cargos are closet staples, we think expanding your collection with new, sophisticated styles is a smart idea this season! With that in mind, we rounded up a number of shorts for you to try, including luxurious lace-trimmed pairs and sportier versions. To cut a long story short, we invite you to peruse these fashionable picks, perfectly suited for all manner of summer festivities. We're quite certain that none of these lovely pieces will fall short!

With their tailored silhouette and demure hemline, knee-length Bermuda shorts are an ideal style to wear to the workplace! Elevate them with a sharp blazer and t-strap heels for the office, or swap in a simple silk tank and espadrilles when you want a more dressed-down ensemble.
Our picks:
Gap Boyfriend Roll-up Shorts ($40) in Lavender
American Eagle Patchwork Bermuda Shorts ($30)
Richard Chai Love Floral Biker Shorts ($324) in Coral

Slouchy Pleated
If you're after a figure-flattering silhouette, just tuck a snug top into drapey, pleated shorts with a waist-tie to balance the proportions of a fuller leg. We suggest a top in a punchy tropical or floral print!
Our picks:
Juicy Couture Drapy Silk Short ($138) in Cobalt
Forever 21 Cuffed Pleated Shorts ($23) in Coral
J.Crew Basket-Weave Bow Short ($110) in White Wash

Printed Silk
Stay elegant but cool and chic with a pair of playfully printed, pajama-inspired silk shorts! They're perfect for a romantic dinner date, especially when worn with a summer sweater or a quirky t-shirt and drapey cardigan on a chilly summer evening. Just finish off the look with a pair of feminine kitten heels!
Our picks:
Element Milan Shorts ($35) in Lagoon Green
Sunner Daytona Silk Shorts ($165) in Coral
A.P.C. Shorts ($235) in Paisley Silk

Feminine shorts trimmed in seductive lace bring a touch of boudoir appeal to your ensemble. As a stylish and unexpected alternative to a dress or skirt, wear them paired with a silk camisole and strappy heels for an evening out.
Our picks:
Club Monaco Milda Silk & Lace Shorts ($150) in Graphite With Black Lace
Callula Lilibelle Stretch-Lace And Jacquard Shorts ($100)

Sports style was in competition as the top trend for S/S 12, with labels like Alexander Wang, Ruffian, and Y-3 featuring mesh fabrics and uniform-like outfits in their collections. Channel the look with athletic-inspired shorts, then temper the sporty vibe with a slightly feminine blouse for a surprising contrast. A tucked-in button-down shirt in a bold hue is another splendid option to balance out the shorts' casual vibe.--Tiffany Tse
Our picks:
Topshop Scarf Print Running Shorts ($56) in Black
3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Boxing Shorts With Contrast Trim ($417)

Theyskens' Theory runway photo, courtesy of Theyskens' Theory.