Many women avoid short shorts for obvious reasons. First, they're undeniably skimpy, so the fear of letting it all hang out is hard to escape. Secondly, wearing short shorts can make you feel like perhaps you're showing too much skin. Understandable, but false. Truth is, short shorts worn right are your friend. Regardless of your body type, if they fit you correctly (very important!) and you style them properly, a pair of short shorts can be a refreshing outfit choice, day or night.
For casual daywear, cut-off jeans are cute and comfortable, as demonstrated by model Karolina Kurkova.
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When the sun goes down, consider Solange Knowles' style solution: a tailored pair of jacquard shorts as trendy alternative to a skirt or dress.
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If you're shy to show that much leg (or, if you're feeling a little chilly on an autumn night) throw on a pair of opaque tights.
Ultimately, balance is the the secret to wearing short shorts (and, to living life). As such, pairing them with decidedly non-skimpy pieces is key. As you'll have noticed, and as Alessandra Ambrosio shows us, the revealing side of the look is balanced with a long-sleeved top.
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