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Thursday, December 8th 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Winter Shorts

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Winter claims its first wardrobe victim sending streaky, white salt stains creeping up the backs of pant legs. Denim and trousers alike are ruined and nights are spent scrubbing out slop and slush. But not this year! When wet weather appears I’m going to pull out my favorite pair of shorts. Thankfully I won’t freeze because I got the scoop from Shopbop stylist Karina on exactly how to style shorts for cold weather.

LIBBY: What is the key to keeping shorts looking seasonably appropriate?
KARINA: Tights are a must. To balance out such a cropped piece, I also love the idea of throwing an oversized Vince sweater on top. It's a clever way to play with proportions while keeping shorts, so often thought of only for summer, looking like a natural fit into your winter wardrobe. 

LIBBY: Any tips for wearing shorts when the temps really drop?
KARINA: Besides tights, tall, fitted boots can really be a boon to semi-exposed legs. A long sweater, like this Rachel Zoe cardigan, can also keep you a smidge warmer while providing an interesting way to play with proportions.

LIBBY: I love my waxed J Brand shorts, how can I dress them up? And down?
KARINA: For a casual look, try a printed sweater; Chaser and Wildfox are designing some of my favorites this season. Toss on some thick tights and lace-up Frye boots.

For a more refined look, revisit your favorite black tights and throw on some black B Brian Atwood pumps (that'll make your legs look like they're a mile long!). Keep the look airy and loose on top with one of many ethereal Equipment blouses and pair with your favorite jewelry. 

LIBBY: How are you planning to incorporate shorts into your winter wardrobe?
KARINA: I'll be wearing tweed Rag & Bone shorts over a pair of some fleece-lined Plush tights with a chic and cozy Doo.Ri sweater. A slimmer shoe helps elongate the leg; I'll toss on my Rag & Bone booties to finish the look.

--Libby S.

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