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Chic trends: The long and short of summer wear (part 2)

April 20, 2011

Yesterday we introduced you to long hemlines for summer; today we bring you the short side of the hot season.

You’ve probably already begun seeing images of hot models in bikinis, blink-and-you miss shorts and tiny dresses and skirts in your favourite fashion magazine, on TV and all over the fashion web. The sad truth is that most of those clothes are not wearable (for most women). For instance, even the most well-toned woman couldn’t walk in Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach in a bikini and beach wrap.

But if you’re:

a) Very very bold

b) Going on a holiday away from prying eyes or

c) Own a private beach;

Then feel safe to wear whatever you like!

Fair warning: The short-in-summer trend is not for the thunderous thighs and cavernous calves gals. So if you’re fit and ready for summer, get a dose of our chic picks for you.

Casual shorts

Ideal for daily wear, meeting with friends or a stroll to the neighbourhood cafe.

Below: Shorts from United Colors of Benetton

UCB - Shorts with slant pocket

Formal shorts

Wear it to a formal lunch with the gals, pairing it with killer heels and a loose blouse. A few daring ones in the media and fashion industries would wear shorts to work with a formal shirt.

Below: From Vineet Bahl’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection

Vineet Bahl WIFW SS 2011 shorts

Mini dress

A colourful, printed dress with an easy silhouette (skip the body con, please!) is versatile. Wear it with minimal accessories and makeup to keep it casual or dress up a bit with a blingy accessory (a bag or pair of sandals) for the evening.

Below: Dress from Chaitanya Rao’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection

Chaitanya Rao at LFW S/R 2011

Mini skirt

Mini skirts are almost always in fashion. Make sure your summer mini is in a sunny colour, or team your neutral skirt with a bold top.

Below: Sheath skirt from Zara

Zara sheath skirt

What’s the shortest garment you’re wearing this summer?

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