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Whether your vintage shorts are medium, long or super short, you’ll need tops and accessories that make your summer look pop. Whether you are prepping for long walks along the beach with the one you love or dressing them up for city wear, you can rock your favorite pair of flat-out fabulous vintage shorts using expert styling tips and tricks.
If you’ve spied a pair of retro Bermuda shorts at your favorite consignment shop, buy these crisp, cool shorts immediately. You can dress these knee-length shorts up or down easily with the right accessories and a simple white top. For example: A bold and playful pair of striped or polka dotted shorts offset by a white cotton tank top is a cool and casual look for a picnic or summer brunch with friends. Pile on five or six silver bangles on one wrist and silver leather gladiator sandals to add sparkle and shine to your combo.
Update your mother’s vintage denim shorts with trendy details that look modern and fresh. Think of your super versatile jeans shorts as a blank canvas. For running errands, wear a brightly colored polo shirt with your shorts and a flat pair of sandals. Belt your shorts and tuck in a tight T-shirt for an impromptu movie date or trip to a summer music festival. Pile on silver necklaces, mixed-metal bracelets and a metallic pair of loafers to complete your chic and simple look.
To unleash your inner 1950s pin-up girl, slip on a pair of high-waisted shorts. These shorts look best with a tucked-in shirt such as a fitted tank or a button-down shirt. Wear navy shorts and a white top, then drape your neck with three or four long gold pendant necklaces to add visual interest to your neutral ensemble. Complete the nautical look with a pair of red patent leather chunky wedges and a white tailored jacket.
If your vintage shorts feature a bold floral pattern, pair your powerful petals with neutral-colored tops and understated shoes. For a dressier look, pair your pink and green knee-length floral shorts with quieter pieces such as a white silk tank, green tailored jacket and nude pumps. Even if you avoid high-wattage patterns for daytime, a playful and feminine pair of thigh-length yellow silk floral shorts is the perfect print for a casual evening party. Pair your vintage shorts with a streamlined cardigan in yellow, orange or pink, and gold metallic high-heel sandals.