Budget Stylista: Wear Those Shorts Through Winter

Shorts have been around for a few seasons now and (after getting over that whole ‘thighs rubbing together’ thing) I’m finally warming up to them. And even though winter is almost here (sigh), shorts are showing no signs of saying farewell. In fact, now that designers are making them in winter fabrics like wool and tweed, they’re taking over.

At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if North Face started making quilted down winter shorts.

So how does one wear these “winter shorts,” you ask? Simple. Just like in the summer, you can make these shorties look great for day or night and still show off those legs of yours. Only this time, they’ll be wrapped in some tights (because frost bite is not a good look on anyone).

Shorts for a cold, winter day:

Product Information: Shorts – Lulus, $33; Top – Gap, $19.50; Shawl – Forever 21, $16.90; Tights – Old Navy, $6.50; Boots, Bag – Urban Outfitters, $58; Necklace – Lulus, $11.

I love this take on the sailor short gone to the North Pole. And I love the unexpected burgundy shade. Pair these (or any more “wintery” looking shorts) with a loose black top tucked in, a whimsical necklace and opaque tights for a look that is all at once casual and trendy. I added these rugged boots, but riding boots work just as well (as do pumps if you want to take this look to night). To add even extra snuggly warmth, I added the hooded shawl, which is not only the perfect winter accessory, but the perfect color to compliment this look.

Shorts for a long, dark winter night:

Product Information: Shorts – Forever 21, $17.80; Top – Old Navy, $24.50; Jacket – Lulus, $56; Pumps – Charlotte Russe, $30; Bag – Charlotte Russe, $18.50;  Tights – Old Navy, $6.50; Hat – Top Shop, $16.

Again, tights help to keep the outfit weather appropriate (and give you yet another excuse to not shave those legs!). Pair with this loose, polka dotted top and red bag for a very easy, feminine look. If you want to make it ultra femme (and cover up some not-so-clean tresses?), top it all off with a bowed beret. Then bring it all back around with the tough jacket and rocker shoes to strike that perfect balance between girly and total bad ass.

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