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Outside Lands Survival Guide

The biggest music festival of San Francisco, Outside Lands is just a few days away. Prepare to rock out with the survival guide below:

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 What to wear:

While you’ll want to dress fashionably, being comfortable is key. Go with a relaxed, loose-fitting tank that will give you a rock-n-roll feel. If you can find a vintage concert tee, even better. Lace is a great accent to any material. Whether you wear it on your shorts or in a lace bandeau peeking out of your top, incorporating a hint of lace into your ensemble is an easy way to achieve a chic festival style. San Francisco can get chilly, so if you decide to brave shorts or a dress, consider wearing tights underneath to keep warm. It’s also wise to dress in layers, so look for warm flannels, denim jackets or sweaters to add to your ensemble. Since you’ll be on your feet all day, go with close-toed, comfortable shoes. Think combat boots, Converse, ankle boots or Vans—whichever suits your personal style.

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Extras:

Despite the cooler climate, you’ll be outside all day, so be sure to bring sunglasses, sunblock and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. A small backpack, cross-body bag or fanny pack is ideal for holding all your things hands-free. Consider bringing a beanie in case it gets cold in the evening and finish off your festival look earthy jewelry, nail polish and if you want to go all out, red lipstick.

Slashers Take Distressed Cut-Off Shorts To a Whole New Level!

Although it’s almost time to hang up our summery hats and retire all our sunny-weather wardrobe staples until next year (say it ain’t so!), one last summer super-fad has managed to squeeze in before we shift our focus to fall goodies. Slashers – or in other words, super-distressed, slashed jean shorts – show off the extremest of denim cut-offs as they’ve faded, evolved, and gotten even more creative during the course of the season. Whether tie-dyed, dip-dyed, high-waisted, studded, daringly short, or just plain slashed to death, slashers are bringing out the DIY diva in all of us. Of course, if you’re not the crafty type (even when the trend begs for purposeful imperfections!), plenty of our favorite brands have you covered with their own fully distressed masterpieces that are ready to be worn without any further artistic effort on your part! Pair with a flirty blouse or cozy sweater for the perfect casually “undone” look, or use them to top off your bikini bottoms during your last beach days of the summer!

From left to right: RUNWAYDREAMZ Kirsten Half White Studded Shorts, Nasty Gal Slasher Flick Cutoff Short, Lacau Waistless High Rise Colored Cutoffs, and Mink Pink Trailer Park Slashed Hipster Shorts.

– Alexandra Gambardella

How High Can You Go? 3 Super-Cute High-Waisted Shorts

Unless you’re a gal who happens to have that rare and enviable ability to take on any trend and seamlessly make it her own, fashion crisis-free, chances are that the thought of rocking a pair of high-waisted shorts if a bit daunting. How high is too high? Will I look like Steve Urkel? Do these shorts make my butt look big? Not everyone has a knack for simply selecting a pair off the shelf and making them work, so I’ve rounded up a few pairs to get you started on the trend. While they’re certainly not for the girl who’s self-conscious of her curves, high-waisted shorts have some unique advantages: they can camouflage in a tummy (just like high-waisted shorts, low rise shorts aren’t for everybody, either!), they make cropped blouses wearable without sporting a bare midriff, and they allow for easy shirt-tucking if that’s the look you’re going for. Start out simple with a dark solid pair, like these J. Crew buckle shorts, or test the snaky waters with a modestly printed pair like these Wes Gordon High-Waisted Python Shorts. And once the weather really heats up, don’t forget to go for a effortlessly cool linen pair like these Paper Crown Corsica shorts!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Shine Through the Season in Sequined Shorts!

Whether you were ready for them or not, you had to at least know that sequined shorts were on the horizon, given the fashion world’s ongoing fascination with sparkle. Tees, tanks, dresses, blazers, leggings, and more – comparatively, shorts are hardly an outrageous addition to the all-over sequin trend, and it didn’t take much foresight to see them coming! Sequined shorts are a hot way to keep cool as you dance the night away this spring and summer, and when paired with more subtle, polished pieces like a tailored blazer and a classic pair of pumps, believe it or not, they can be a sleek and sophisticated way to stand out! Sequins in general are anything but subtle, but if you’re cautiously curious to test out the trend yourself, start with a not-quite-simple black pair like these Rory Becca “running” shorts. Alternatively, I love the laid-back vibe of these tie-waist Diane von Furstenberg ‘Charlotte’ shorts (sequins during the day? You bet!), while these gilded MSGM sequined shorts will certainly help you be the life of the party!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Give Your Summer Wardrobe Some Character with a Pair of Printed Shorts

At least in more “season-less” places like San Francisco, that rare bout of summer heat we get over the course of the year tends to pounce on us full-force when we least expect it, and it’s usually quite a doozy. That’s why I’m making sure to have my arsenal of summer shorts for this season ready at hand ahead of time, even though the present weather still has me bundled up in bed! This season it’s all about ditching your boring neutral bottoms — khaki cargo shorts or distressed denim — and opting for silky, comfy cut-offs with fanciful prints. Sure, they might look a little kooky on the racks, and printed shorts certainly aren’t for the shy fashionista, but when styled right and balanced with played-down summer basics like a simple striped tee or solid floaty blouse, the effect is fun and chic with loads of personality. Summer 2011 certainly has plenty of pizzazz, if nothing else!

From left to right: Alice + Olivia Printed Butterfly Short, Forever 21 Draped Firework Short, Free People Wren Brush Printed Short, and Rachel Roy Pleated Printed Short.

– Alex Gambardella

Who Needs Short Shorts When You Have Cuffed Boyfriend Shorts?

When the weather gets too hot to bear, it’s easy to resort to the tiniest pair of shorts you own for the sake of keeping cool, but try to look past your teeny denim cut-offs and start embracing this season’s trendiest summer denim. The cuffed boyfriend short could be considered the lovechild of a pair of Daisy Dukes and a Bermuda shorts — longer than your typical short shorts, yet not quite as slouchy as popular styles of years past. They’re the perfect mix of boyish and sexy, especially when paired with a chunky pair of platform wedges or strappy sandals to really show off those gams, and give a cool relaxed look when worn with a blazer or lightweight tailored jacket. The “boyfriend” trend in general is nothing new, but with the new emergence of cuffed boyfriend shorts, the look the look is less oversized and more subtly tomboy-chic!

From left to right: Adriano Goldschmied The Ex-Boyfriend Short, Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Roll Love Shorts, and Rich & Skinny Jeans Crystalline Boyfriend Shorts.

– Alex Gambardella

Leather Shorts You Can Rock Year-Round!

  • posted September 1st, 2010
  • Fashion

I’ve just recently started building out my collection of shorts… and I’m about three months too late. Or am I? Just because it’s officially fall doesn’t mean shorts have to go into hibernation until next spring. Leather shorts are a cool way to keep things hot in the colder months ahead, and with the right accessories, you won’t freeze your buns off! Wear them with some over-the-knee boots to stay on-trend and get a little leg coverage while you’re at it, or work them with some textured tights to make your shorts instantly season-appropriate!

I’ll admit, normally I’m a little leather shy, aside from more conventional items like jackets of course, just because the look is decidedly a bit more edgy (or dominatrix-y) than I’m used to. However, lately I’ve been loving the look of leather shorts with this season’s big slouchy sweaters, and the whole idea of balancing cozy-cool with more tough-girl chic!

From left to right: Mackage Leather Shorts, Joie Denver Leather Shorts, and Juicy Couture Perforated Leather Shorts.

-Alex Gambardella

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Printed Shorts Add Some Character To Your Summer Style!

Slinky, silky shorts have recently become a going-out staple, especially in the warmer seasons, but now dress shorts are making their way in the realm of chic daytime looks to boot! Black, charcoal, brown, and khaki are plentiful enough, but for a look that’s a bit more fashion-forward and unique, printed shorts especially are hot for summer! While the idea sounds bold, when paired with a solid top, the look is nothing but stylish and summer appropriate!

Butterfly prints are still in, and these silky draped bubble shorts by ADAM are a chic alternative to a printed skirt or dress. Plaid is easy enough to pull off, but these Rory Beca shorts from Revolve Clothing add a bit more interest to the casual-cool pair with the drawstring side details! For a bolder look, I love these muted floral print shorts from Free People, which combine the retro-chic high-waisted trend with some modern flirty ruffles. Even if you’re not a huge fan of wild prints, it’s hard not to love a pair of these printed shorts when the season calls for something comfortable and stylish!

- Alex Gambardella

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Get Into The Military Trend With Cargo Shorts

When I was in college, my favorite pants were a pair of super comfortable cargo pants that I wore with practically everything. So when I had to throw them out, they were falling to pieces. Cargo pants have always been a favorite of mine even when the fashion authorities have ruled them to be out of style. So when I was looking for a new pair of shorts to wear this summer, I was elated to see that cargo shorts are back in style!

Right off the coattails of the military style trend, utility cargo shorts is all about the feminine yet tough look that reminds me of Rosie the Riveter. I think the best way to wear cargo shorts is with a sense of balance. Add a basic slim fitting tank top or t-shirt for a super easy casual look. To dress it up, find a printed tunic and add a bold belt to top it all off. My favorite pick is the Vince Utility Short Shorts which you can find in khaki or army green!

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Buy it: Kimchi Blue scalloped shorts



I love Refinery 29‘s street style posts, and a standout in this one, on the best street shots of 2009, was former Vogue-ette Lauren Santo Domingo wearing the Chloe scalloped shorts that were everywhere last summer. Of course the shorts are long gone from stores, but thankfully their inspiration lives on. I thought I spotted a similar style in the latest Urban Outfitters catalog, but when I went to their website, I found an even better pair: these Kimchi Blue scalloped shorts. My first instinct was to buy the nude, but the black is pretty cute too, and for $24, you can afford one of each. According to a review, they’re a bit see-through, but that makes them ideal for wearing now over tights. Because if you’re anything like me, you’re ready for this cold snap to be over–spring (and its cute clothes) can’t come quickly enough.

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