The Longer Short Short

Gap railroad stripe bermuda

Along with the success of “Classy”, Derek Blasberg’s recently released tome on more desired ladylike social

Banana Republic boyfriend denim shorts

behavior, can another sign of a new 21st century propriety be that the ubiquitous short shorts have become a little longer on modesty (or at least, on not being teenage sexpot trash wear)?

If my observations from this past July 4th weekend were correct, Daisy Dukes are headed the way of super, legging-tight  jeans (despite 2 very visible launches of “jeggings”  this week)– only on clueless style Neanderthals releasing their inner slut. Longer “boyfriend” mid-length shorts, “roll-up” shorts, bermudas, slouched and neat, pleated shorts all made their triumphant sartorial return along the parade route in our sleepy, but oh-so-chic hamlet not far from the big city. From what I saw on the best-looking watchers, a quintessential moment of summer style truth (just like the swimsuit try-on) –when you look at your legs and rear in last year’s favorite white short shorts — no longer has to be a bad experience.

Topshop's ivory cuffed shorts

Topshop's crossover short

All Saints grey long boyfriend short

These longer shorts look easier and slouchier and very cool. They are great  paired with a boyfriend jacket, short blazer, tunic top or bare cami top, or a bigger, slide-y tee. J. Crew, American Eagle and Gap all have terrific boy fit mid-length denim shorts, and great Bermudas in white or blue denim, khaki, faded army green, and some colors. They look sophisticated and much less obviously sexy, though still very appealing. The better to notice how crackerjack smart your mind is, not the other kind of crack, girls…

Club Monaco, Vince, Banana Republic and Zara also have more polished versions of this slightly longer, easier short in interesting variations.  These are city or party or work shorts (if your job is casual some of the time).  They make the silhouette intriguing and the wearer a subtle kind of gal.  Even shorter ,more traditional shorts are pleated and cuffed for a more finished look

And what’s not to love in this dog day heat about a look that helps you stay and be — cooler than cool?

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