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Shop Your Closet: Shorts

[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it). 2. A major lack of storage space. For these two reasons alone, maximizing what you do own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]

Every year when I start school I get so excited to show off my summer wardrobe (that no one got to see for three months) for a few weeks. But then the leaves start to change, the Halloween stores pop up, and my cute summer clothes get banished to the back of my closet, where they sit taking up precious space for the rest of the year.

It’s a shame, really. I hate forking over cash for cute clothes that I only get to wear for maybe 4 months (and that’s only because of Global Warming….). Not anymore. I’ve started looking at my summer staples in a whole new way, coming up with fun new outfits that let me wear them long into the fall. And the results have been stellar! You want to give your summer goods a little more traction? Just add layers!

Outfit 1: With layers
For those that can still bare their legs for a few weeks, pair your shorts with layers on top for balance (and snuggly warmth). Any layers will do, but nothing says fall like a plaid boyfriend shirt with a cozy sweatshirt on top. Throw on a pair of flats (or some Toms!) and a long necklace for a little extra somethin’ somethin’. And if bare-your-legs weather has already passed you by, just add a pair of black tights and you’re good (and bundled) to go.


Shorts
, Plaid Shirt, Sweatshirt, Shoes, Necklace.

Outfit 2: With a Patterned Cardigan
If you need a day off from your favorite skinnies (those thighs have to breath, you know!), put a pair of opaque black tights on under your black shorts for a streamlined look that mimics pants.  Add a pair of black boots and your legs will look miles long.  On top, layer on a trendy piece, like a leopard cardigan, or any bright and funky cardigan you’ve got in that stack in your closet. Top it off with one bright or bold accessory (be it a bag or a stack of bangles) to finish off the perfectly fall look.

Shorts, Tee, Cardigan, Tights, Boots, Bag.

Outfit 3: With a Cocktail
Casual shorts gone dressy? Yup! It’s possible and it’s as easy as dressing up a pair of jeans. All you need is a little glitz (on top) and a whole lot of leg (accentuated by a great heel). You could really make any top work with a pair of shorts, but I highly recommend going for something a bit looser (as opposed to some sparkly cami) to balance things out. Let your jacket to double duty (fashion AND function) by opting for faux leather instead of that boxy North Face fleece you love so much. Then add a bright pair of shoes for a little contrast and a whole lotta fun and hit the dance floor. Hard.

Shorts, Top, Jacket, Pumps.

[Check out the other ways Leah’s re-thinking her wardrobe.]

Leah W - Ryerson UniversityCOLLEGECANDY Writer