Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Shorts Cut to Showing Some Leg; Avoid Those Mini Dramas with Smart and Sexy Look

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Shorts Cut to Showing Some Leg; Avoid Those Mini Dramas with Smart and Sexy Look

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Byline: DEBORAH ARTHURS

TARTY legs'n'cleavage is a combination to avoid, but where dressing to impress is concerned, our motto is: if you've got it, flaunt it. If you're one of the few blessed with legs up to their armpits, then why not just get 'em out?

But with mini skirts creeping further north, there is a way to avoid Lindsay Lohan moments and look more edgy than Paris and her pelmet-sporting mates - smart girls wear shorts.

Mercifully for the not-so leggy, this season shorts are less about those microscopic hotpants of Kylie's, and more about loose, tailored cuts in the kind of fabrics used for smart trousers or skirts - tweed, wool and satin.

The knee-length city shorts of last season have had a few inches hacked off, but with the addition of some slimming 100 denier tights, you can get away with sartorial murder.

And even the tiniest of shorts manage to retain an air of respectability when paired with tights, flat boots and a jumper - daring without being slutty. For after-dark dressing, just add spangly tights or leggings and a bit of bling, and you've got your perfect desk-to-dance floor outfit.

Kate Moss wore the tiniest of shorts all summer - a trend only to be copied by girls of 17 with thighs like young foals - but she avoided looking cheap by teaming them with flats and a waistcoat that left something to the imagination. For us mere mortals, there are plenty of flattering knee-length and mid-thigh shorts around, versatile enough to look good with either heels or flats, boots or pumps.

For a classic that'll last all season, try Chloe's beautifully cut, wool-blend, pleat-fronted shorts. Or, if you want something a bit different for the Christmas party, Miu Miu's strapless shorts outfit - a fashionista's romper suit - is fabulous in metallic mocha.

If you are either a teenager or Kate Moss, New Look is your high-street best for bum skimming hotpants, while Topshop, River Island and Miss Selfridge stock more sober versions. …

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