Can You Wear Shorts at Bars?

Dressed-up shorts are tres chic for a bar outing.

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Can you wear shorts at a bar? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, this chic little twist on the miniskirt is not only more interesting than typical bar outfits, it can be classier, too. Unless, of course, you're going for the cool, hippie, grunge look. But shorts provide a summertime option in that way, too.


If you have a swanky place to meet someone for cocktails, a dress might be too formal or even seem like you're trying too hard. But, a pair of dressy shorts of the lace variety can be just the thing. Pair it with a silk camisole or top in a dark color like navy. If it's cool outside, put on black opaque tights underneath. Don't forget your heels! Add a touchy edge with a fitted leather jacket on top.


Silk shorts are available in slouchy, as well as slim-fitting styles. Which fit you choose is entirely up to you. A shorter, tighter style is going to be dressier and sexier, while a slouchy style gives a cool boyfriend vibe to what you've got on. Top both styles off with a blazer and a cotton tank with a killer statement necklace.


Ikat is a term for a type of fabric print. It's in the tribal print family and calls to mind organic, homespun design. But, that doesn't mean it can't be dressed up for a night on the town. These prints usually incorporate one color with cream, making it a neutral that's perfect for your favorite little black top. Try a boxy sleeveless number for a ladylike take. Put on a pair of satin round-toed pumps, and you're good to go.


Nicole Richie is a big fan of denim cutoffs for a night out on the town. Steal a look from her play book. Pair short, high-waisted cutoffs with black opaque tights. Put on a sexy tank and top it off with an open, silk kimono robe. Wear a pair of high-heeled booties or knee-high, high-heeled boots.

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