The Fashion Statement: Short Cuts
Who likes short shorts?
Apparently everybody, as evidenced by the number of cropped breeches seen on the catwalks and red carpet recently. Ciara, Gwyneth, Nicole and a host of other celebrities have taken shorts out for a spin on the crimson. It doesn't seem to matter much whether it's cold outside or not. In fact, it was bitingly cold during fashion week in New York in February when Kylie Minogue decided to grace the front row in shiny black vinyl shorts.
Shorts have been around for centuries, of course. The descendants of kilts and togas, they were the look for young school boys. Soldiers stationed in hot places like Bermuda adopted the look for relief from the heat which then quickly influenced civilians. Women followed later. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O. were often photographed in shorts.
Once only appropriate to wear starting this weekend (Memorial Day) through Labor Day, cut to today and the look is so prevalent almost every designer inserted a pair of shorts in his or her fall/winter collections. A few highlights: If one were to wear shorts on to the North Pole, Chanel had an option-gray fur shorts with furry boots and a patterned ski sweater. Salvatore Ferragamo struck a '70s vibe with rust leather shorts shown under a rust suede maxi coat and brown belted cable knit sweater and further punctuated with rust suede boots and a brown cable knit cap. Dolce & Gabbana had shorts you could wear to a meeting on Wall Street-a mauve boiled wool short suit with the knee length shorts, cuffed and modest.
Gallery: The Fashion Statement: Short Cuts
Shorts are in full bloomer mode for spring. Feminine. Breezy. Wunderkind offered a quasi biker short slash wrap around skirt that's a feast for the eyes. Yves Saint Laurent has a high-waisted bloomy short set off by a crisp bra and capped by a kimono-esque pink shrug. Gorgeous. Stella McCartney has a bronze pair that's equal parts high-waisted '40s and bloomer.
But the most modern, most attractive cut on the widest range of women is the ultra minimalist, slimming knee length shorts. The silhouette is just a little shorter than capris. It's the answer to the question on every woman's mind: Should I be wearing shorts past the age of 20? Should I wear them out on the town? To a descent restaurant? To an exclusive club? To work?
The answer to all of the above is yes.