It’s July and there is much to celebrate. Having survived the seemingly never-ending deluge, the sun is now perpetually shining. Scholarly pursuits are on summer hiatus, and the local economy is on a trajectory upward. It is time to kick back and enjoy the best of summer.

Fashions align with the circumstances; chic, casual dressing is in order. It is the summer of “le short.” Shorts are a cool and comfortable alternative to pants.

This season’s shorts are not the jean shorts of last year. They are finely tailored fashions with great fabric and exciting patterns. year. They are finely tailored fashions with great fabric and exciting patterns. They need to be paired with exciting tops and accessories. Wear them at parties, in restaurants and at most casual get-togethers.

Chambray shorts in light blue are paired with a graphic tee; add a great hat and fun jewelry; it’s a comfortable look.

Tropical print “gym” shorts with pompom affectations are paired with a sleeveless lace top; add a flower power headband; welcome to the sixties.

Printed shorts with bright silk-like tops work well for an evening pool party. Geometric print shorts paired with a peasant blouse are great choices as well.

You’ll be noticed in dressy lace shorts; add a shocking pink sleeveless top.

Short jumpsuits are a fabulous look for summer.

A tropical print two-piece in vivid hues is a show-stopping party visage.

A white jumpsuit accented with nautical blue is demure and sweet.

A border print jumpsuit pays homage to the seventies.

Fit is very important when selecting shorts and short jumpsuits. In the hectic pace of modern life, we often dismiss the idea of trying on clothes in a fitting room and making decisions there; don’t dismiss the idea. According to recent retail data, 71% of shoppers who try on clothes in a fitting room become buyers who are content with their purchases. This is because the fit is correct; ask a salesperson for help if you are in doubt. One last thought: if you are uncomfortable wearing shorts, opt for a strapless summer frock; it has the same casual vibe.

Here’s to a marvelous summer. I hope the only thing short about it will be your fashions.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mike Newman

Linda Kenney

Fashion Editor Linda Kenney styles and writes the column, “Ready-to-wear” and also specializes in Retail/Luxury sales. She began her career as a stock trader in Boston; upon moving to Dallas, Linda...