Unless we’re talking vacation wear, they’ve largely always been considered a fashion “don’t”. But going by the multitude of styles that went down the runways, the rule’s being rewritten.

Saint Laurent paired cargo versions with poet blouses and blazers. Dior’s are in leather, frayed and anchored by knee- high boots. Louis Vuitton contrasted boxers with brocade coats, while Chloe, cycling shorts with sequinned silk tops (and those are just a handful of examples).

Is it now appropriate to be seen out in shorts? Hell yeah. Just know that wearing them the cliched +65 way (ie casually) remains a no. For proof, we’ve styled six looks you could rock here.


Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello wool shorts, $3,030, matching blazer, $5,660, silk blouse, $5,110, and leather sandals with feathers, $2,070, Saint Laurent

Wool shorts, Miu Miu.Wool jacket and belt (worn as sash), Gucci. Kangaroo leather boots, Givenchy
Cotton shorts, jacquard cropped top, cotton poplin shirt, and leather slingbacks, Prada. Stockings, stylist’s own


Nubuck calfskin shorts, $5,700, wool cape, $6,400, cotton poplin and nubuck calfskin shirt, $3,200, and calfskin sandals, $2,900, Hermes


Nappa leather shorts, $2,190, Bally. Coach 1941 shearling and leather jacket, $3,400, Coach. Leather sandals, Gucci
Velvet and calfskin shorts, $1,010, and denim jacket, $1,010, Longchamp.Velvet Mary Janes, $1,400, Bottega Veneta. Prices unavailable unless stated

Photography Frenchescar Lim, assisted by Gong Yimin Styling Imran Jalal Model Daria/Mannequin

This story first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Female.

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