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Why Women's Shorts Are A Fall Wardrobe Essential

Fall is finally here, and most people cannot wait to get cozy in their wardrobe with chunky knits, clothes made with thicker and warmer fabrics, and varied textures in a...

Fall is finally here, and most people cannot wait to get cozy in their wardrobe with chunky knits, clothes made with thicker and warmer fabrics, and varied textures in a slew of vibrant autumn colors. But before putting away your summer essentials, leave some in your closet, as they are essential items to build unique fall looks. 

Shorts are a summer staple, but did you know they are also perfect for autumn? This year’s Fall-Winter runway trends include everything from micro shorts that show a lot of leg to the office-friendly Bermudas. The secret to nailing fall fashion with shorts is to pair them with particular pieces, colors, and textures that will make you look warm but effortlessly stylish. 

With the proper clothing and some layering techniques, you can look incredible in shorts and be all set to celebrate the autumn season. Here are all why shorts are a fall wardrobe essential for women.  

Shorts are Versatile

Nothing says fall fashion quite like a pair of corduroy trousers or a new pair of dark blue or black jeans. But if you want to spice up your style for autumn, consider wearing women’s shorts. They are highly versatile since you can wear them for lounging around the house, but they also work for running errands or nights out on the town. Moreover,  you can wear several pairs of shorts in autumn, but if you have a limited budget, do not fret. A single pair of shorts will be enough to create different looks to suit every occasion and mood. Reuse a suitable pair from your summer collection, or purchase one pair of shorts this autumn. 

For grocery shopping or a day of running errands, choose a pair of mid-length or ultra-short denim shorts with a hoodie or a crewneck sweater. In addition, you can also wear the same shorts on a casual date – swap the top for an oversized chunky knitted sweater and finish the look with combat boots or suede ankle boots. 

You can also wear your denim shorts for a fun night with your girlfriends. Pair it with a thin knitted top or a tank top, then layer a leather jacket over it. Wear some tights or leggings under your shorts for warmth, or put on some fishnets to give your look a sexy edge. Accessorize with boots and a small purse with a chain strap, and you have completed a quick and fashionable outfit that your friends will quickly admire.

Dress Them Up or Down

You can easily dress up women’s shorts if you want to look put together for fall, but they require simple styling to be warm and comfortable. For example, if you are entertaining at home, you can wear a simple t-shirt and fleece shorts. However, if you want to step up your style game beyond the usual shirt and shorts combo, consider wearing your shorts with a matching cropped fleece hoodie, add some fun socks, then accessorize with hoop earrings. 

The same goes when you are styling leather shorts. Wearing anything leather makes you want to dress up more since it is a luxe fabric. Though you can undoubtedly wear leather shorts with an off-the-shoulder top or a silk blouse with a blazer, there is no reason you cannot tone down your outfit to make it look more casual. Wear leather shorts with a plain tee, graphic tee, or sweatshirt. Pair your outfit with classic sneakers and a bucket bag, and you have the perfect look for a movie date or shopping at the mall. 

Perfect for Work and Play

Believe it or not, you can wear women’s shorts anywhere. And yes, this includes the workplace. You can rock shorts as part of your autumn work wardrobe if you do not have a strict business dress code. However, check your company's clothing policy about wearing shorts first. The secret to making it look classy for the office is to choose the appropriate shorts style and length, then pair it with tops and outerwear that will make you look polished and professional.  

To look fabulous for the office without getting a warning from your HR officer, consider wearing Bermuda shorts, which fall just above your knee. Traditional Bermudas have a slim fit, so they look good when worn with a boxy blazer and mules with a kitten heel. You can also play with color if you want to amp up your look for the office – try a blazer and shorts coordinated set in this year’s autumn colors, like cherry red, charcoal gray, glacial blue, burnt orange, olive green, or salted caramel, 

Choosing the Right Shorts for Fall

Picking the best shorts for autumn is simply choosing the suitable fabrics, colors, and fits. As a rule of thumb, avoid anything that looks too summery, such as bright colors, printed shorts, or ones with embroidery, rhinestones, or distressing. Women’s shorts for fall should be plain and made with substantial fabrics like wool, tweed, denim, gabardine, leather, or corduroy. 

As for the fit, you can get ones with a slight A-shape, as it is the most flattering on all body types. However, you can get some baggy or slim-cut shorts for variety. Meanwhile, if you love to wear ultra-short shorts, remember to wear them with some tights or leggings to keep you warm. Remember, there will be times when you need to sacrifice comfort for fashion, but autumn is not one of those times since you will want to be warm whenever possible.

Note that your shoes can make or break your fall outfit, so do not wear summer footwear, such as flip-flops, wedges, or strappy sandals with your shorts. Instead, choose chunky or classic sneakers, boots, or high heels.

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