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City Shorts

A well-tailored pair of city shorts will do wonders for your summer wardrobe. Shorts are perfectly neutral, being smack-dab in the middle of the style spectrum. They can be completely dressed down or up to the nines, styled flirty and feminine or with a tomboy twist.

For summer, they’re much more sophisticated than any old pair of cropped trousers and yet much more imaginative than a simple skirt. To inspire you, we’ve styled city shorts in three ways…


Whether you’re actually hightailing it to Nice or just want to channel a bit of Gaelic glamour while out and about, work with these flattering red shorts from Yumi. Pair them with Jolie Moi’s flirty peter pan collar blouse, and matching contrast ballet flats from Carvela. A cross-body satchel in raffia from RJR.John Rocha offsets the look beautifully, while this gold-tone anchor charm bracelet from Floozie by Frost French adds a nautical touch. A Brigitte Bardot-esque sun hat from Reger by Janet Reger completes the look.


We took to London and New York street style for inspiration for this look, and it starts with Oasis’ classic black shorts, a pair you’ll wear again and again. Style with Atelier 69’s bold leopard print blouse, and Miss KG’s black trainers to balance the look with a boyish cool. Accent with a tough-luxe cuff bracelet from Betty Jackson.Black, and of course, no city slicker goes without an It-bag and shades. We love J by Jasper Conran’s croc-effect tote and Oasis’ aptly named Soho sunglasses.



To work the season’s painterly florals trend, centre this romantic look around Red Herring’s pretty jacquard shorts. To keep the print in focus, pair with a minimalist cami from Oasis and chic ivory blazer from Threads. The pale shades of these demure mid-wedge sandals from Call it Spring are in tone with the dreamy palette of this look, while the jewel-encrusted headband from No.1 Jenny Packham is sure to win hearts. Dune’s muted pink suede clutch is an elegant finishing touch.


The best part is that shorts can be worn with virtually any shoe. Except an actual running shoe. Last we heard, tourist chic is (thankfully) not a thing. Lastly, we recommend opting for looser over tighter – even up to a size larger than you’d go in jeans can be supremely flattering and wonderfully leg-slimming.

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