A Short & Sweet Pairing – How Work the Shorts and Blazer Look

One of the biggest trends spotted on the S/S 2012 runways were the pairing of blazers in conservative cuts in colors and textures au courant with shorts.

Marc Jacobs, Jill Stuart, Tibi and Proenza Schouler all featured strong looks consisting of shorts and blazer pairings in their S/S 2012 ready to wear collections—all of which can easily be translated into your spring and summer wardrobe.

So, if you “dare wear short shorts,” but not sure where to begin, take heed and start here.

We put together four looks—with each having a different spin—that will have you daring to wear your short shorts in the most stylish of ways.

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A Short & Sweet Pairing – How Work the Shorts and Blazer Look

Animal Style

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A leopard-print blazer thrown over twill shorts make for interesting and fresh look that  is cool enough for spring days and warm enough for a night on the town.

We suggest pairing:

Phillip Lim 3.1 Draped Blazer

Elizabeth and James Riviera fine-twill shorts

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Tweed for Spring

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To emulate Fashion Toast blogger Rumi Neely’s recent Sandro ensemble of a mint green tweed blazer and shorts, pair an simple tweed blazer with textured shorts.

For a budget-friendly version of this look, Zara has similar offerings at a decidedly more friendly price point.

We suggest pairing:

Zara Tweed Blazer

Zara Creased Shorts

A Short & Sweet Pairing – How Work the Shorts and Blazer Look
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 A Short & Sweet Pairing – How Work the Shorts and Blazer Look

Fresh and Flirty

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A crisp white blazer paired with denim cutoffs is an effortlessly chic ensemble without erring on the over-polished.

We suggest pairing:

Iro Alessia Blazer

Stella McCartney denim short

 

 Schoolboy Sweet

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A navy schoolboy blazer and silky striped shorts brings together the best of boyish style and girlish fashion.

We suggest pairing:

A.L.C. Artine Blazer

Nanette Lepore Talented Striped Shorts

 

 A Short & Sweet Pairing – How Work the Shorts and Blazer Look

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Lead photo credits from left to right: Jill Stuart S/S RTW 2012  (Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com),  Proenza Schouler S/S RTW 2012 (Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com),  Tibi S/S RTW 2012   (Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com),  Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S RTW 2012   ( Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com)

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