How to Look Classy in Short Shorts

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How to Look Classy in Short Shorts
Look Classy in Short Shorts

In spite of Bermuda shorts and chinos, short shorts dominate the runway season after season. If you have a brave heart and toned legs, you might wonder if you can carry this look off without looking like a stripper or a B-list actress. In fact, you can look classy in short shorts if you choose the right fit, fabric and style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wide belt
  • Matching suit jacket
  • Fishnet stockings
  • Puffed blouse or jacket
  • Golf shirt
  • Stud earrings
  • Ballet flats
  • Sheer pantyhose

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  1. 1

    Wear short shorts that fit properly. Short shorts that bind look cheap and uncomfortable. Your short shorts should not reveal more cheek than they conceal.

  2. 2

    Consider high quality, crisp fabrics for your short shorts. Buy navy broadcloth or tartan instead of distressed fabrics.

  3. 3

    Choose short shorts with a high-rise waist. This gives you a retro look, similar to pinup girls from the 1940s.

  4. 4

    Buy short shorts one size bigger than you'd normally wear and cinch them with a wide belt. Pair the shorts with a matching suit jacket and flesh-toned fishnet stockings for a twist on the business suit.

  5. 5

    Look for short shorts with tailored details, such as cuffs, piping and welt pockets. Pair with a puffed blouse or jacket.

  6. 6

    Tone down the sex appeal of short shorts with a conservative top and sleek hairdo. Wear a polo golf shirt and a low ponytail. Stud earrings and ballet flats complete the outfit.

  7. 7

    Layer short shorts over sheer hosiery. Sheer pantyhose can give you a flattering, finished look and help hide a less than perfect skin tone.

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