I avoided wearing shorts for most of my adult life until 2010, when a New York City heat wave of 100+ degree weather made me break down and buy the first two pairs I saw at the closest air-conditioned store. I don’t know why shorts didn’t appeal to me for so long. I certainly wore skirts that were just as short, back in the day, so it wasn’t a length issue. I think I was traumatized by the casual, elastic-waist shorts of the ’80s. I really loathe an elastic waist.
However, more-stylish, non-elastic-waist shorts have been becoming increasingly popular for several years, plus my wardrobe therapist, designer Stacy Lomman, is a big fan of shorts. And New York City summers are hotter than hell. So, true to my “Never is the next new thing™” blog motto/fashion philosophy, I’ve adjusted. I took this outfit to Europe last month, but never got to wear it because it wasn’t warm enough, so I wore it when I got back to New York.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Akris (2013)
Shorts: Theory (2013)
Shoes: Alexander McQueen (possibly 2010?)
Purse: Prada (2007)
When I visited the Castelbajac store in Paris in June, I got a pair of black shorts with lightning-bolt pockets in addition to the burlap dress and pleather-crocodile trench coat. I wore the shorts for the first time last week when I went to have a bite to eat with my gorgeous mother, BarbaraB.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Etro (pre-2007?)
Shorts: Castelbajac (2013)
Shoes: Prada (2011)
Skin: I work hard to stay this pale
I felt a little dubious about the look and confessed to BarbaraB: “I’ve been wearing some shorts lately.” She replied, “Might as well wear them now. Don’t wait till you’re 75!” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
UPDATED TO ADD: I linked this to the Visible Monday post at Not Dead Yet Style. Click here to see all the other visible ladies.