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Plaid shorts get a bad rep, but you can totally rock this sporty fashion staple. They're not just for golfers any more! Don't think schoolboy knee pants. Think daring new way to show off your adventurous sense of style. Plaid shorts come in multiple color combinations, and they come in styles as varied as "boxer-short" style or peddle-pusher style. Gwen Stefani offered plaid shorts as part of her L.A.M.B collection, as do many highly respected fashion designers. If they're not afraid of fun plaid,you shouldn't be either.
Get The Colors Right
Wear plaid shorts that can be paired with the colors that best suit your complexion or personal tastes. For example, if green is your favorite color to wear, opt for a plaid that has green tones or that can be contrasted with green for a dynamic look. If you prefer to wear dark colors, choose a plaid with black in it, and wear it with a black top. This will really draw attention to the plaid shorts and make you memorable from the moment you step into any room. Because plaids contain several colors, people often think they don't need to put as much attention into getting the colors right, but paying attention to the plaid's color combination is key to pulling off a really great look.
Wear plaid shorts when you play sports. Sure, they don't breathe as well as a lot of newly developed sportswear, but they can be great for a casual game. It can be golf, but it doesn't have to be. You can strut in your plaid shorts to a soccer, softball, tennis or volleyball game. The look is cute and classic. Pick a solid-colored polo shirt that complements the plaid shorts, and you'll look so preppy and sporty that people might think you just walked out of a "Saved By The Bell" rerun.
Sizing the Plaid Shorts
Plaid shorts look equally nice on women of all shapes and sizes, but you want to make sure that your shorts are tailored to your beautiful body. Don't choose shorts that are loose fitting. Make sure they fit comfortably at the waist and always wear a belt with plaid shorts. They're not low-rise jeans, and you should never try to wear them that way.
Fashion Up the Shorts
Wearing a tee works just fine when you wear plaid shorts to the store or to run an errand. An oversized men's shirt, casually known for ladies as the "boyfriend" shirt, can be really cute with plaid shorts. If you're going for a more form-fitting, button-up shirt, it should be short-sleeved. Otherwise, it can look too formal in comparison to the shorts, and the look would just be a no-go. On the other hand, an off-the-shoulder casual top can also really bring the sexy back to the "plaid" look.
Accessories for the Look
When you're picking out shoes for the plaid short look, try to go with shoes that don't require stockings, pantyhose or socks. Pull-on tennis shoes, flip flops, sandals, and single-toed slippers look fashion forward with plaid shorts. Wearing knee socks or even ankle socks can really put a cramp in your plaid style, so try to go with shoes that let you skip the socks. If you're a stickler for socks, wear ankle or no-show socks.