Trending: Let’s Keep it Short

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Wrapping our exploration of Spring 2013’s hottest trends is a very short story.

The latest news in this category is the Bermuda, adaptable for all body types. Introduced by the British armed forces in World War II as a uniform for the Royal Navy, we saw Bermuda shorts hit again in the preppy world of the early 1980’s. Longer versions may be called ‘walking shorts’ or ‘culottes,’ but no matter the name, they’re making a huge comeback this season.

And though exaggerated volume was hot on spring runways, leg-baring short-shorts are still best sellers at moderate retailers and contemporary boutiques. So, whether clam diggers or hot pants, with summer right around the corner, let’s keep it short.


Shorts On The Runway



Karen Walker shows ladylike details.












From Isabel Marant, a matching set reflects vintage prep.












Peter Som mixes prints with shorts.












A clean and neutral look from Robert Rodriguez.












Marissa Webb proves that leather isn’t just for hot pants.












Costume National’s ensemble has an edge.












Bermuda shorts are back in modern textures at Suno.












Shop The Trend



An everyday Bermuda from Free People ($88, left) is the perfect warm weather staple; Joe Fresh’s canvas shorts for JCPenney come in a variety of bold prints ($19, right).


Additional Research by Natalie Starnes



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