Who wears short shorts? Style expert Nadia Albano on sporting summer’s hottest trend at every age

Charlotte Herrold, Special to QMI Agency

Essential for those lazy days at the cottage or running around town on the weekends, shorts have been a staple in our summer wardrobes for as long as we can remember. For the past few seasons, shorts have been having a high-fashion moment: From matching shorts suits at Michael Kors to mod hot pants at Prada, Spring 2013 saw options for every woman, at every age, and for every occasion.

According to Vancouver-based style expert Nadia Albano, picking the perfect pair begins with finding the most flattering fit for your body type. In general, she says, flat-front mid-length cuts work best on most women, but different lengths flatter different body types: “If you have short legs, a shorter short will lengthen them,” she explains, “while longer, slim-fitting shorts work best for women with fuller thighs.”

Beyond the fit, the fabrication of a pair of shorts can either keep the look casual or glam it up for a night out. For dressier options, Albano suggests choosing more luxurious fabrics, such as silk, satin, or wool-Lycra-viscose blends. For day, she favours relaxed cotton, linen, and denim numbers. But what about the office – are shorts ever appropriate work wear?

“Shorts are a great option for work as long as the hem is knee-length or longer. My pick for the office is a shorts suit in a solid colour or a print.” Age, of course, is another consideration when styling the trend:

For women in their twenties, Albano encourages keeping the look carefree: “Try denim short shorts with a printed T-shirt and flat leather sling-back sandals.”

Adding feminine layers creates a more sophisticated look appropriate for women in their thirties. Albano recommends mid-length eyelet shorts styled with a sleeveless silk blouse, a blazer, and wedged sandals – a look that will easily transition from day to night.

For women in their forties, a pair of white knee-length Bermuda shorts is a versatile staple. Pair them with a navy-and-white striped boat-neck top, red espadrilles, and a denim jacket for a nautical-inspired look.

Beyond age 50, incorporating the trend is largely what you feel comfortable with. Albano recommends dressing up the look with a pair of black polyester-Lycra blend walking shorts, a collared shirt, a bright cardigan in an on-trend colour such as coral, and a chic pair of leopard-print flats.

When it comes down to it, shorts can be incorporated at any stage, as long as they work for your body type and lifestyle. So get out there and flaunt those legs!

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