I hesitate to write about high-end fashion designers on this site for a variety of reasons: (1) this is D.C., not New York; (2) that’s what Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are for; (3) if you can’t get enough from your fashion mags, there are hundreds of fashion blogs out there that focus solely on high-end designers; (4) I am most certainly no expert; and (5) I—and I assume, you—do not have the budget to afford the likes of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, or Proenza Schouler. So, why torture ourselves?
That being said, we all have our favorites. One of mine happens to be Chloé, the original prêt-à-porter line founded in Paris in 1952. Chloé’s lead designers have included Karl Lagerfield, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo. Over the years, Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Natalie Portman and Chloe Sevigny have all been loyal, adoring customers.
In 2009, Phoebe Philo left Chloé for Celine, and Hannah MacGibbon stepped in as lead designer. MacGibbon’s first collection for Chloé—Spring 2009—was flawless. I am still enamored with the scalloped shorts and blazer combo from the runway.
I simply adore the scalloped hemline—so delicate and feminine without being overtly prissy and girly. Last spring, I put away my dreams of a $600 pair of shorts and, after finding no affordable alternatives, I gave up.
However, lately, as the seasons change to spring, I’ve stumbled upon a few pairs of scallops shorts in the blogosphere—most notably via Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere—and have begun lusting anew. Luckily for us, I’ve found a few affordable pairs of scalloped shorts.
Dress shorts are great alternative to skirts for a night on the town. They can also be dressed down for day a lot easier than a skirt. The chiffon flowy texture is flattering to your derrière and, as I said, the scalloped trim is a unique touch. It would be easy, and smart, to incorporate a pair of dress shorts in a neutral shade—black, beige, or cream—into your wardrobe. Wear them with tights and they’re season-less, too.
Lovely Wave Short, $72, Queen’s Wardrobe.
Triana Wave Short, $64.95, Leifsdottir.
Scalloped Hem Shorts, $53.95, Asos.
Lucca Couture Chiffon Scallop Short, $48, Urban Outfitters.