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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Love or Loathe: Formal Shorts

If you love Go Fug Yourself as much as we do, you know the Fug Girls hate formal shorts. I'm not convinced, though. I've seen enough women moving awkwardly in little party dresses to know that the familiar comfort of shorts would lead to a more enjoyable evening for many. My favorite incarnation of this style is the loose black sequin short like the pair pictured from Express. I think as long as your formal shorts aren't hot pants, you can party away. What do you think?


Natalia Sepulveda said...

I have to say I am not a fan of the dress shorts, they just don't do it for me. But I do think SOME girls, particularly ones with looooong legs would look great in these.

Chujiao said...

I saw people wearing the formal shorts well either in person or in blogs. There are rules to pull it off:

1. The most important, the absolute must, is to make sure the shorts are loose and ~mid thigh length. If they are tight or are too short, they look slutty and stupid. If they are too long, it looks too baggy. If they are loose, hit around mid-thigh and hangs well, they look casual and chic.

2. For those of us not size 0 ladies, don't get the solid color ones without butt pocket, my experience is jeans/pants/shorts with no butt pocket make your butt look big, unless that's what you want.

Here are examples of it being worn well:

-my outfit, it's not formal shorts, but that's the length and looseness I was talking about. I'm size 14 and have normal length legs, and it doesn't make me look that fat I think:

Jael Paris said...

One of these days, I want to do a post about the importance of pocket placement.

Kschenke said...

I like the concept, but have never seen a pair that doesn't look ridiculous.

becca said...

I love the idea of formal shorts. I want a pair of black, satin-y, pleat-front shorts with a paper bag waist. I think they would be perfect to wear with tights and a fun top.

Since I don't really do mini skirts, this would be a great alternative for me.

Chujiao said...


I don't know if they do it every year, but Express had satin-y silk short, one with butt pockets and one without, in champagne and in wine color, for ~$20 on sale in Aug. I had it in my shopping basket, and lost it right before payment cuz someone else bought the last pair before me. =(

I think they are the style you are looking for, but not black.

shawn said...

i am not a fan of formal shorts. i think that if i wore these to a holiday party or dressed up event, i would feel silly--everyone else is in dresses/dress pants and i have shorts on!! however, i am actually not big on shorts in general, even in the summer. i find dresses to be more comfortable. so i guess i am biased, haha!

Robin said...

I LOVE formal shorts, when done right! Very tailored, very simple.