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Shorts for fall

Think you need to box up your summer shorts now that fall is here? Think again! Shorts are surprisingly easy to take into cooler weather. If you’re not sure how to best make the look work, we’re here to help. The trick is in choosing the right shorts for fall and pairing them with pieces that help make them pop.

Shorts with tights: At work

You might not think you can rock shorts and tights at the office, but we’re here to say you can! The key is to choose a style that’s more structured and a material that can hold its own against tights. Pair with a tailored blazer, understated accessories and simple but stylish heels for an office-friendly fall look.

Shorts with tights: at work

Get the look: ASOS Tweed Shorts ($53), Naya Mindy Boot ($170),  ModCloth Tights for Every Occassion ($15), Top Shop Structured Blazer ($130), Aqua Multi Layered Silver Cuff ($38)

Shorts with tights: For date night

Since date night is all about dressing to impress, you can get away with adding a little more edge to your look than you might with a work outfit. High-waisted shorts with some sparkle make a great building block for a seasonally-inspired outfit. Adding a fitted tank, denim jacket and heeled booties makes the look perfect for meeting your man at your favorite date night spot.

Shorts with tights: for date night

Get the look: KARL Sequined Shorts ($250), Splendid Stretch Sheer Layer Tank ($48), Levi’s Pleated Trucker Jacket ($55), Natalia 2 House of Harlow Bootie ($295), Free People Opaque Tights ($12), Vince Camuto Bib Necklace ($98)

Shorts with tights: For daytime

Whether you’re meeting your BFFs for brunch, hitting the mall or heading out for an impromptu road trip to catch the fall colors, daytime looks call for a casual spin. Shorts in a fun, get-noticed pattern or hue, a comfy sweater and wedge booties make for an easy-wearing foray into the shorts and tights trend.

Shorts with tights: for daytime

Get the look: Top Shop Tapestry Shorts ($64), T Alexander Wang Chunky Cropped Sweater ($240), Impo Tabby Wedge Bootie ($55), Kenneth Jay Lane Flawed Topaz Cocktail Ring ($66), Scoop Perfect Pair Solid Tights ($26)

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Comments on "Shorts with tights: Yes you can!"

Allison November 29, 2012 | 12:16 PM

where does the author think people work? if your shorts are shorter than an acceptable skirt, don't wear this to an office! If you work in a salon, or in retail, sure. Office? No.

Erin October 21, 2012 | 11:59 AM

I like this look but don't know if I could pull it off or not! It definitely has to be paired with the right shoes and top!

audrey October 18, 2012 | 12:40 PM

I've always loved this look but am too afraid I can't pull it off! This article makes me want to try it though!

Hannah October 17, 2012 | 1:07 PM

I like this look a lot! In fact this is a look I've been wearing for years, so I'm happy that's it's considered in style now.

Ashley October 17, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Shorts with tights: OK. Shorts with leggings: Not OK.

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