Five Ways to Wear Summer’s Coolest Shorts

Baby, it's hot outside, and here are five ways to cool off your look with summer's must-have shorts.

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It's hot outside, and if you're not already scoping out the season's coolest culottes, you're in for a steamy summer indeed. We paired Topshop's statement-making beaded pink shorts ($120 at Topshop) with Vanessa Bruno's casual cotton sweatshirt ($203 at Net-a-Porter) and Jil Sander's perforated patent flats ($289 at Barneys). For a touch of edge, we added a pair of triangle studs ($18 at Topshop), which mimic the diamond motif in the shorts.
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Piamita's silky red shorts ($161 at Kirna Zabete) pair perfectly with ALC's printed sleeveless blouse ($365 at Net-a-Porter) and casual leather loafers ($90 at Topshop). For a touch of nautical-inspired style, we added Forever 21's stripe canvas tote ($90 at Topshop) and blonde sunnies by Illesteval ($165 at Net-a-Porter).
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Black-and-white is one of the key trends of the season, so we tried Thakoon's slouchy floral print shorts ($329 at Barneys) with a grey Isabel Marant pullover ($224 at Net-a-Porter) and Madewell's chunky lace-up platforms ($188 at Madewell). A spiky pearl necklace ($20 at Topshop) strikes a perfect balance between classic lady and downtown hip.
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For a fresh summery look, we paired Steven Alan's white cotton shorts ($198 at La Garconne) with Phillip Lim's white tuxedo jacket ($695 at La Garconne) and perforated white loafers from Topshop ($60 at Topshop). A striped tee from Edith A. Miller ($68 at Steven Alan) is a warm-weather essential, while classic club sunglasses ($32 at Topshop) and bling gold jewelry ($78 at J.Crew) lend a little "yacht club" cool.
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Of course, shorts don't have to be relegated to daytime dressing. We styled pink wool boucle shorts ($54 at Mango) with a color-blocked blue and black tee from The Row ($1,990 at Net-a-Porter). For evening-ready glitz, we added black teardrop earrings ($2.80 at Forever21), a structured crystal Zara clutch ($70 at Zara) and J.Crew's grey glittery flats ($138 at J.Crew).
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